An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.
Hercule Poirot attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.
Rosemary Barton, the beautiful wife of a top attorney, dies during their anniversary party at an exclusive restaurant. Later a suicide note is found along with traces of cyanide in her drink, but murder cannot be ruled out.
Robert Michael Lewis
Hercule Poirot appears on a TV talk show with actor Bryan Martin who is making an action/detective movie with Jane Wilkinson. He also meets impressionist Carlotta Adams. They all go to a party and Jane asks him and Captain Hastings to go and meet her husband, Lord Edgware in regards to a divorce. They do so, to discover that the Lord had already granted her a divorce. Jane is delighted but drops hints that she could have killed the Lord if he didn't grant her the divorce. The next day Lord Edgware is found dead and all the staff at the Lord's house swear that Jane was the one who did it but witnesses at another Lord's party swear that Jane was with them. Carlotta then dies and Poirot must investigate as Inspector Japp is determined to put Jane away... Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
I absolutely loved the movie! It's my second favorite adaptation of Poirot novels (after Death on the Nile). The actors are brilliant, especially Peter Ustinov and Faye Dunaway. The changes made to the novel plot were minor, and they didn't spoil the movie. The intrigue is just as thrilling as it was in the book.
I liked the characters being practically the same as in the novel. None of the major ones was omitted, and everyone almost always looked and behaved just as Dame Agatha Christie had portrayed them.
Only one thing annoyed me a little: the plot was modernized. I don't like it, because it usually changes the atmosphere of the movie. But here I rarely noticed it (except for the very beginning of the film), so it's not a big defect.
So, I give the movie 10 stars out of 10.
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