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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

Miss Marple comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

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Carolyn Pickles ...
Miss Giles
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The Major
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
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Peter Woodthorpe ...
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The year is 1953. The small English village of St. Mary Mead, home to Miss Jane Marple, is delighted when a big American movie company arrives to make a movie telling of the relationship between Jane Grey and Elisabeth I, starring the famous actresses Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster. Marina arrives with her husband, Jason, and when she discovers that Lola is going to be in the movie with her she hits the roof as Lola and Marina loathe each other on sight. Marina has been getting death threats and at a party at the manor house, Heather Babcock, after boring Marina with a long story, drinks a cocktail made for Marina and dies from poisoning. Everybody believes that Marina is the target but the police officer investigating the case, Inspector Craddock isn't sure so he asks Miss Marple, his aunt, to investigate... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the murderer among them all?


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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd  »

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With this film, Angela Lansbury became the second actress to play Miss Marple on the big screen after Margaret Rutherford had made the role famous during the 1960s. Lansbury was the fourth if one counts TV where Gracie Fields and Inge Langen also played Marple. See more »

Goofs

Set 1953, Marty Fenn drives a 1959 model car. See more »

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Inspector Delbert Craddock: [speaking of Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster] I heard the two of them are close. Is that true?
Ella Zielinsky: Close? If you put the two of them together in a tank with a shark, the shark would have an identity crisis.
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Opening credits prologue: 1953 See more »

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References For Them That Trespass (1949) See more »

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There's No Business Like Show Business
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Composed by Irving Berlin
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22 July 2001 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Highly underrated, this low-key little whodunit manages to bring together two unlikely genres, the English village murder mystery and the catty Hollywood self-satire. While who did do it is not that surprising, the reason why is clever and touching. (Interestingly, the central plot is loosely based on the real-life tragedy that befell Gene Tierney, star of the legendary film noir "Laura.")

The cast of 50's Hollywood icons give very good performances, though, sadly, for most it represents the last really good parts they have had. Hudson is especially good in a bittersweet role. Lansbury is crisp and efficient as Miss Marple and could have made a series of these films had she not found meatier material as another mistress of murder on "Murder, She Wrote."

Indeed, though I adore Margaret Rutherford, I think Lansbury does better by the role of Miss Marple. This is not a great mystery movie, but works very well as light entertainment and as a last hurrah for several fine actors.


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