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

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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Trivia

The Morris dancers who appear early in the episode are the Winchester Morris Men dancing "Balance the Straw" from the village of Bledington. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: [last words of Joan Hickson as Miss Marple] More tea, vicar?
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Follows Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye (1985) See more »

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Not as good as Murder is Announced but a solid adaptation still
12 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This adaptation respects its material, and is overall a solid adaptation of the book. The book, I will admit isn't Christie's best, but what made it so interesting was the victim Heather Badcock, and I felt that the adaptation could have developed her more. The adaptation is also overlong but maintains interest, thanks to the way it was filmed, the pace and the acting. The adaptation is beautifully filmed, and the music is fantastic. It also moves along at a much more reasonable pace than say They Do It With Mirrors (that was good but i had a real problem with the pace). And the acting is very good, as is the case with the Joan Hickson Marple adaptations. Hickson is indeed terrific as Miss Marple, and Claire Bloom, Barry Newman and Norman Rodway are a fine supporting cast. Gwen Watford is the standout in a hilarious performance. The adaptation which further benefits from good plotting is fairly faithful save a couple of questionable liberties, and the Ella Zeilinsky murder was quite a disturbing scene for me I will admit. All in all, solid adaptation and well worth the look. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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