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?
The film relocates the provincial North Devon, England setting on Smuggler's Island off the Devonshire Coast from the Agatha Christie
source 'Evil Under the Sun' novel to an island in the Adriatic Sea "somewhere west of Suez", a setting played by the exotic Spanish island location of Majorca. The film's screenwriter Anthony Shaffer
once said of this: "The location is important. The island should be a star. Just as the Nile steamer [in Death on the Nile
(1978)] and the Orient Express [in Murder on the Orient Express
(1974)] were stars". Majorca also was at the time the home of the film's director Guy Hamilton
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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
Arlena Stuart Marshall
Oh, dear! I'm the last to arrive.
Have a sausage. You must be starving having to wait all that time in your room.
Followed by Thirteen at Dinner
You're the Top
Written by Cole Porter
Arranged by John Dalby
Sung by Diana Rigg See more