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Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye (1985)

When a handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman, Miss Marple seeks a murderer with a penchant for nursery rhymes.

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Wealthy business man Rex Fortescue collapses when he reaches his office. It is determined that he was poisoned. No one seems too upset, as everyone agrees that Rex was a tyrant. Soon however Rex's young wife also turns up poisoned. The maid, Gladyes, whom Miss Marple trained, writes to Miss Marple asking for help. Miss Marple arrives too late, as Gladyses' body is found strangled and strung up on the clothes line. Now it's personal, and Miss Marple is determined to see the murderer punished. Written by <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Trivia

The back page of the newspaper read by Miss Marple has a headline stating "Strathspey 25-1 Winner of the Cesarewitch." The Cesarewitch is a British "flat" (no jumps) race for thoroughbreds, run in Newmarket, which the horse Strathspey did indeed win, in 1949. See more »

Goofs

Just after Lance's car is spotted by the police, he drives past a modern (post-1964) speed limit sign. See more »

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Followed by Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987) See more »

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Not much fun
14 April 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Probably the least interesting of the BBC TV adaptions; and one of the few unavailable on DVD for some reason. The only really entertaining parts come from the formidable elderly actress Fabia Drake, who plays "Miss Henderson". She wanders around making stern condemning comments; the best comes when the ditzy young blonde wife makes a comment about going to the Clubhouse (located on a nearby golf-course as I recall). Miss Henderson gives a loud sniff, and mutters "Clubhouse! .... WHOREhouse!" which always leaves me in stitches. Otherwise its not that memorable; I can't recall if the book itself was very interesting to begin with. Its fun to see Tom Wilkinson in a younger role.


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