Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding firstly a dead woman's body found on a moor and then a important diamond sent to the company to be insured turns out to be a fake. Poirot discovers that the diamond was bought for Arlena Marshall by Sir Horace Platt and Arlena is on her honeymoon with her husband and step-daughter on a tropical island hotel. He joins them on the island and finds that everybody else starts to hate Arlena for different reasons - refusing to do a stage show, stopping a book, and for having an open affair with Patrick Redfern, another guest, in full view of his shy wife. So it's only a matter of time before Arlena turns up dead, strangled and Poirot must find out who it is... Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Holidays can be murder.
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Did You Know?
When Poirot examines the hotel register for signatures of previous guests, he discovers the names of several international celebrities during the 1930s, including Cole Porter
, around whose music the film score is derived; Ivor Novello
; Maurice Chevalier
; Fred Astaire
and his sister Adele Astaire
; Charles Chaplin
; and possibly Marlene Dietrich
. An entry listing a home address is listed as Berlin, although the signature is illegible aside from the capital M and D). The register is likely a private joke by the filmmakers since it appears on-screen for only a brief second or two. See more
When Poirot performs the magic trick for Linda Marshall, she replies "I know how you did that. The egg's in your top pocket." However, Poirot's top pocket is flat and cannot contain the egg. See more
Well, what the hell do we do now, Odell?
Just leave it to me. I'll think of something.
Hmmph, my hero. I swear, if you were a man I would divorce you.
You're the Top
Written by Cole Porter
Arranged by John Dalby
Sung by Diana Rigg See more