Clouds of Witness (1972)

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Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Ian Carmichael ...
 Lord Peter Wimsey (5 episodes, 1972)
Glyn Houston ...
 Bunter (5 episodes, 1972)
Mark Eden ...
 Det. Inspector Parker (5 episodes, 1972)
Rachel Herbert ...
 Lady Mary Wimsey (5 episodes, 1972)
David Langton ...
 Duke of Denver (4 episodes, 1972)
Georgina Cookson ...
 Helen, Duchess of Denver (3 episodes, 1972)
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 Dowager Duchess (3 episodes, 1972)
George Coulouris ...
 Mr. Grimthorpe (3 episodes, 1972)
Judith Arthy ...
 Mrs. Grimthorpe (3 episodes, 1972)
Francis De Wolff ...
 Sir Impey Biggs (3 episodes, 1972)
John Wyse ...
 Mr. Murbles (3 episodes, 1972)
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Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the contradicting testimony of a cloud of witnesses to save Denver. Written by Kathy Li

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Dowager Dutchess: [to Peter] Isn't it strange? Of my three children, I always regarded you as the problem one. And now I'm forced to revise my opinion.
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Good but not the best
7 February 2005 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Of the three I have seen, "The Nine Tailors" gets a 10, no doubt about it. I'd have to give "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" a 9 just because it isn't The Nine Tailors and I don't give 10s willy-nilly. So that leaves an 8 for this episode due to a few minor objections. It's been so long since reading the book that I don't recall whether it is responsible, or the production. But in any case...

In short, "Clouds of Witness" is a bit over-the-top. First, it gives us several quite histrionic scenes among members of Wimsey's family. Second, Wimsey heedlessly gets himself thrice into really life-threatening situations, from which he emerges as improbably as a James Bond or an Indiana Jones. Thirdly, a few critics call Wimsey "obnoxious" or "insufferable." While I don't at all agree in general, thinking he makes an exemplary case for the leisure class and would be a wonderful friend to have, in a few scenes here he deserves that criticism. I didn't admire his jaunty casualness in the House of Lords, after his derring-do has made national headlines, in conspicuous contrast to the solemn punctilium of all his peers. The impression is that he doesn't belong there. Wouldn't a real English gentleman and Lord go along with protocol as far as possible for courtesy's sake, even if he were to have a good laugh about it later?

It's great entertainment and recommended, even if a few false notes leave it slightly below its companions.


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