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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1992)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  27 December 1992 (UK)
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At a reception for a fading film star making a screen comeback, a gushing, pushy fan is poisoned by a drink apparently meant for the actress.

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A town busybody is poisoned at a busy reception in the home of famous film star Marina Gregg. The poisoned drink seemed intended for Marina, but Miss Marple is not so sure. She sets out to discover the true identity of the killer before he or she can strike again... Written by <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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The Houdini poster in Superintendent Slack's office is a reminder of Slack's enthusiasm for amateur magic in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors (1991). See more »

Goofs

D.I. Craddock says Marple is his aunt but they weren't related in "A Murder Is Announced". See more »

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Margot Bence: [explaining why she moved from America to England] I decided to make my career over here.
Insp. Craddock: Why?
Margot Bence: I like English men.
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Follows Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987) See more »

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And so the fabulous BBC productions of the Miss Marple stories draw to a close... perhaps not the best of Christie's stories, but it still offers many delights as a piece of television, including the reappearance of a host of familiar characters from previous outings. It would appear this was Watford's last screen appearance before her death in 1994, and watching her recreate Dolly Bantry is therefore bittersweet. The timing, intonations and tiny details she brings to the part are delicious (as they were in The Body In The Library), and all her scenes with Hickson are quite wonderful. The story is probably a tad convoluted, yet it really is the small details that make it another triumph - Dolly and friends' reaction to the marble bathrooms; Mrs. Brogan's hilarious 'buttering' (totally authentic); Hickson's disapproval of Miss Knight's fussing. Slightly confusing that Castle's clever depiction of D.I. Craddock has now become another of Jane Marple's nephews (they weren't related in A Murder Is Announced), but it's still a joy to see him return in another cloud of cigarette smoke.

So, all this and one last brilliant, expertly crafted portrayal of "the Marple woman" by Joan Hickson. Now all we need is for someone to revisit Ms. Hickson's career and issue some of the many films she appeared in on DVD.


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