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And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 October 1945 (USA)
Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

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(as Rene Clair)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Ten people are invited for a weekend on an island by a Mr U. N. Own, but he isn't on the island. At dinner a record is played, by that all the people are accused of murder, suddenly the first of them is dead, then the next... It seems to be that one of them is the murderer Mr. U. N. Own, but the person in suspect is always the person who is murdered next. At last only two people seem to be left. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is no dialogue at all in this film for the first five minutes. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits state that the movie is "From the Novel by Agatha Christie". Strictly speaking, this is not true. The movie uses the stage play's ending, rather than the novel's. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Edward G. Armstrong: We all build islands of imagination. Represents escape. Half of my patients are sick because they're trying to escape reality.
Judge Francis J. Quinncannon: Well, and what's your answer?
Dr. Edward G. Armstrong: Oh, I tell them fairytales. I build them islands of imagined security.
Judge Francis J. Quinncannon: Don't you believe in medicine, Doctor?
Dr. Edward G. Armstrong: Do you believe in justice, Judge?
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Crazy Credits

The first line of the nursery rhyme appears onscreen - "Ten Little Indians Went Out To Dine...." - superimposed over a set of small statues of Native Americans - this is immediately followed by the film's title "And Then There Were None". See more »


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Ten Little Indians
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Performed by Mischa Auer
Played often throughout the picture
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Improves With Each Viewing
24 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another movie that I never felt was anything but fair, but I kept giving it more chances and every time I did, my rating went up. It seems to get better and better with multiple viewings. One of the reasons is that the more films I watch, the more I get familiar with all these actors.

If you didn't know any of these actors, the movie would be "fair" at best. You can bet if the story were re-done today, it would be faster moving. As it stands, its okay but a film in which 10 people are invited to an island and are systematically murdered one by one, should make for a tense thriller. Here, it's more of a study in paranoia, but that's interesting to view, too. I especially enjoy watching Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald banter back-and-forth.

The ending to this mystery was well-done, too, and not something you're likely to solve. So, if you like the old classic mysteries, this should be appealing. It features an interesting cast of young and old actors, male and female.


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