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And Then There Were None (1945) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • Judge Francis J. Quinncannon, Dr. Edward G. Armstrong, Philip Lombard, Detective William Henry Blore, the secretary Vera Claythorne, Prince Nikita 'Nikki' Starloff, Gen. Sir John Mandrake and Emily Brent are invited by the mysterious Mr U. N. Own to spend the weekend in an island and they are hosted by the newly-hired butler Thomas Rogers and his wife and housekeeper Ethel Rogers. Thomas explains that Mr. Own will arrive later and following the instructions of his master, he plays a record where the host explains that all of them have been accused of murder. Further, they realize that none of them actually knows Mr. Own. Vera plays a song about Ten Little Indians on the piano and they see a decoration on the table with ten Indians. Soon they are killed one-by-one while the each Indian vanishes from the decoration. Who might be the mysterious killer?

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Seven guests are invited by Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen, most indirectly, to their estate, the only thing located on remote English coastal Indian Island, to which there is only boat access twice a week. The only other people on the island and estate are the two married domestics, who are already there, and Mrs. Owen's new secretary, who accompanies the other seven on the boat. In addition to the name of the island, there are references to the nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians throughout the estate, including a collection of ten Indian statues on the dining room table. All ten people at the estate will quickly learn three things: that neither Mr. or Mrs. Owen are yet there, they being delayed in London; that none of them have ever met either of the Owens, even the three employees, or know each other beyond the married couple knowing each other; and that Owen accuses all ten of being responsible for the death of an innocent person, and thus must pay for their crime. The accusations are on the surface surprising as the guests include highly respected people, such as a judge, a doctor and a former general. The ten are stuck on the island for at least three days until the next boat arrives as there is no means of communication otherwise on or off the island. As per the nursery rhyme, the guests, one by one, are found dead, each time with one of the ten Indian statues on the dining room table missing. Initially, those still alive believe U.N. Owen, which they realize is a play on the word "unknown", is hiding somewhere on the island, committing the murders himself. But what may be more frightening for them is the possibility that Owen may be one of the ten of them, and thus has a front row seat to their every move...

    - Written by Huggo
  • On a remote and isolated island, ten people - 8 invited guests and two servants - find themselves facing their own deaths. Their unidentified host informs them, via a gramophone record, that as they have all been responsible for someone's death, they in turn will die before the weekend is out. There is no way for any of them to flee the island, so they set about trying to determine who their hidden host might be and where he might be hiding. One by one, the guests are killed and one of them suggests that the killer is likely among them.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • 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?

    - Written by L. Hamre

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Ten people are gathered for a long weekend on an island off the coast of Devon, England. They are the guests of the mysterious Mr...

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