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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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Molly Kendall (as Season Húbley)
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Greg Dyson
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Evelyn Hillingdon
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Major Geoffrey Palgrave
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Arthur Jackson (as Mike Preston)
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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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22 October 1983 (USA)  »

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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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[first lines]
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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12 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Helen Hayes just doesn't cut it.

Rather than going the whole hog and playing Miss Marple as an American, she plays her as an Englishwoman. This is a mistake,since her accent veers from deep south of USA to England via Ireland. In short, her accent is all over the place.

Her lines are also peppered with Americanisms which no British person would ever say. Two examples:

1) She refers to "tourist class" when British people call it "economy class".

2) She says she's going to "mail" some postcards, when a genuinely British person say "post", not "mail".

Two minor examples, I know, but they add to a general feeling that this Miss Marple is as British as a fudge brownie. All the references to her hometown of St. Mary Mead in England can't change that.

Another point is that Santa Barbara is not in the slightest bit convincing as a stand-in for the Caribbean. The one shot of a caribbean town, Havana perhaps, is obviously grainy archive footage.

Steer clear of this poorly made rubbish, and watch the BBC productions starring Joan Hickson instead.


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