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A Caribbean Mystery (1983)

While Miss Marple is on vacation in a luxurious Caribbean resort, a fellow guest confides he has evidence that another resident of the hotel is an unscrupulous serial murderer but is poisoned before he can reveal his identity to her.

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Aging Major Palgrave, an idiosyncratic but charming mystery writer, reveals to Miss Marple that one of the guests at a luxurious Caribbean resort they're staying at is a Bluebeard-type wife murderer. Unfortunately, the Major succumbs to an apparently accidental overdose of alcohol and blood pressure medication before revealing the killer's identity. When it's discovered that the medicine belonged to another guest and the revealing photograph the Major was carrying is missing, Miss Marple realizes that the serial killer has struck again and more murders will follow. Written by duke1029

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Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery  »

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The last film role of Maurice Evans. See more »

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When Marple opens a book on psychiatry, we see that the book was taken in the library five times from 1941 to 1951. However, To Define True Madness first came out in 1953 (by Sidgwick and Jackson), and the cover shown before belongs to the revised (Penguin Books) edition in 1955. In the Agatha Christie's work (Chapter 21) neither the title of the book nor the library insert is mentioned. See more »

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Tim Kendall: Miss. Marple? Hi. How do you do? I'm Tim Kendall. Your bungalow is nearly ready.
Miss Jane Marple: Oh. Thank you.
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Poorly paced with a rushed conclusion...
11 June 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Those are the two glaring complaints I have about A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY, a made for TV movie which dawdles on for a long time before getting to the point of a series of murders committed at a vacation resort.

Helen Hayes, her American accent intact, still makes a passable Miss Marple even when she utters the name of a quaint village in England as her home, St. Mary Mead. Barnard Hughes is the mean-spirited man whose rudeness becomes a bit overdone after the first few scenes, making you wish he's going to be one of the victims. Not so. He and Miss Marple join forces to solve the crime.

The conclusion is rushed through with brief explanations and not much dramatic conflict, so it's a bit of a letdown--although the murderer's identity is never hard to guess. The acting ranges from competent to barely competent, but the script is rather mediocre.

Recommended for rabid Christie fans only. Nicely photographed with Santa Barbara, California filling in for the Caribbean, but this is very tepid stuff, to say the least, nowhere as good as other Christie outings.


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