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Julia Jones (dramatised by)
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The residents of a quiet English village begin to receive nasty, threatening letters. The wife of the local vicar calls in her friend Miss Marple to investigate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Michael Culver ... Edward Symmington
Deborah Appleby ... Megan Hunter
Andrew Bicknell ... Gerry Burton
Sabina Franklyn ... Joanna Burton
Richard Pearson ... Mr. Pye
Hilary Mason ... Emily Barton
Dilys Hamlett ... Maud Calthrop
John Arnatt ... Rev. Guy Calthrop
Sandra Payne ... Eryl Griffith
Martin Fisk ... Owen Griffith
Penelope Lee ... Partridge
Juliet Waley ... Beatrice
Imogen Bickford-Smith ... Elsie Holland
Geoffrey Davion ... Police Superintendent Nash
Roger Ostime ... Detective Inspector Crawford
Victor Maddern ... P.C. Johnson
Gerald Sim ... Coroner
Ninka Scott ... Miss Ginch
Patsy Smart ... Mrs Cleat

Gordon Rollings ... Mr Cleat
Catherine Owen ... Rose
Carol Gleeson ... Contralto
John Keenan ... Pianist
Elizabeth Counsell ... Angela Symmington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Gleeson ... Robert Symmington (uncredited)
Stuart Mansfield ... James Symmington (uncredited)
Michael Waterman ... George Ellis (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy Boulting 
 
Writing credits
Julia Jones (dramatised by)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Guy Slater .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alan Blaikley 
Ken Howard 
 
Cinematography by
Ian Hilton (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Graham Walker 
 
Production Design by
Paul Allen (designer)
 
Costume Design by
Christian Dyall 
 
Production Management
Andrew Benson .... production manager
 
Art Department
Helen MacKenzie .... properties buyer (as Helen Mackenzie)
Linda Sherwood-Page .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Martyn Clift .... film recordist
John Hale .... dubbing mixer
Rob Maynard .... dubbing editor
 
Editorial Department
Bernard Ashby .... chief film editor
 
Music Department
John Altman .... musical director
 
Other crew
Alexandra Bridcut .... assistant floor manager (as Alex Bridcut)
George Gallaccio .... production associate
Juley Harding .... production assistant
John Kay .... assistant floor manager
Tony Redston .... location manager
 

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102 min
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Black and White (still photographs: of Gerry Burton's and Megan Hunter's trip to London) | Color
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Trivia:
Just before the meeting of the maid and her boyfriend on the bridge, there is a view of Willie Lott's cottage in Suffolk, famous because it appears in John Constable's 1821 painting The Hay Wain.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Somebody finds a book used for cutting out letters to make threatening notes. However, the print in this book is much smaller than the letters used in the notes.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Jane Marple:We are not put in this world to avoid danger - not when an innocent person's life is at stake!See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very good, with a great cast, 5 June 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I have made no secret of loving the Joan Hickson adaptations of Agatha Christie's wonderful books, and this is no exception. This is a very good adaptation, it is a little slow on occasions I agree, but not bad, not bad at all. The writers also do an above-respectable job adapting, perhaps lacking the humorous touch of the book, but at least the story is coherent. The production values as always are excellent with lovely scenery, costumes, make-up and photography, the music is lovely and the characters are still interesting, especially the Symmington household. The direction is solid as is the writing and acting- Joan Hickson is just superb as Miss Marple and will always be the best Miss Marple to me. Michael Culver is great as Mr Symmington, Elizabeth Counsell is suitably whiny as his wife and Deborah Appleby is very convincing as Megan. Both Gerry and Joanna still maintain their interest and played well by Andrew Bicknell and Sabina Franklyn, and Penelope Lee is good as Partridge. Overall, this is a very good adaptation with a great cast especially. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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