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When Mark Easterbrook finds himself in the frame for the murder of a priest, there seems no way to prove his innocence other than solving the mystery himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Colin Buchanan ... Mark Easterbrook
Jayne Ashbourne ... Kate Mercer

Hermione Norris ... Hermia Redcliffe

Leslie Phillips ... Lincoln Bradley

Michael Byrne ... Venables

Jean Marsh ... Thyrza Grey
Ruth Madoc ... Sybil Stamfordis

Andy Serkis ... Sergeant Corrigan
Trevor Byfield ... Inspector Lejeune

Tim Potter ... Dr. Osbourne

Louise Jameson ... Florence Tuckerton
Catherine Holman ... Poppy Tuckerton
Richard O'Callaghan ... Donald
Anna Livia Ryan ... Tilly Tuckerton
Maggie Shevlin ... Bella
Brett Fancy ... Ricky Flood
Geoffrey Beevers ... Father Gorman
Wendy Nottingham ... Eileen Brandon
Tricia Thorns ... Jessie Davis
Johanna Kirby ... Mrs. Coppins
Kieran Cunningham ... Barman
Martin Oldfield ... Desk Sergeant
Martin Milman ... Dr. Wylie
Sam Bond ... Doctor
Steve Weston ... Ned Thackeray
Martin Kennedy ... Tate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louise Green ... Third Witch from Macbeth (uncredited)
Tony Red Richards ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Beeson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agatha Christie  novel
Alma Cullen 

Produced by
Adrian Bate .... producer
Liz Bunton .... associate producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Television Networks
Guy Slater .... executive producer
Original Music by
Colin Towns 
Cinematography by
Witold Stok 
Film Editing by
David Blackmore 
Casting by
Suzanne Crowley 
Gilly Poole 
Production Design by
Robin Tarsnane 
Art Direction by
Sharon Cartwright 
Costume Design by
Judy Pepperdine 
Makeup Department
Anne Oldham .... makeup designer
Production Management
Philip Leach .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director
Steve Robinson .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Hogan .... property master
Don Worts .... production buyer
Sound Department
Brigitte Arnold .... sound editor
Colin Chapman .... sound editor
Rupert Scrivener .... dubbing mixer
John Taylor .... sound recordist
Steve Fish .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ian Tapp .... adr editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Other crew
Elizabeth Burn .... production coordinator
Wendy Ellerker .... production accountant
Lorely Farley .... script supervisor
Vicky Featherstone .... script editor
David Kennaway .... location manager
Crew believed to be complete

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Average TV Agatha Christie, 10 September 2009
Author: scott-palmer2 from United States

Taken from the 1961 novel of the same name, this Anglia TV rendition of The Pale Horse was filmed in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxon, and London. Notable differences from the novel are the absence of Ariadne Oliver and some of the other characters from the book.

The story concerns young sculptor Mark Easterbrook (Colin Buchanan) who discovers a priest dying from a head wound-the man gives Mark a list of names before he dies. The police don't exactly believe Mark's story, even to the point where they suspect him in the priest's death, but Mark determines to follow up the list-which leads to other murders before he finally solves it with the aid of Kate Mercer (Jayne Ashbourne), a friend of one of the victims.

The Pale Horse is nothing superlative, rather more like average, and the two young leads are somewhat bland. The good things about this production are the photography, and very fine performances from Sir Leslie Phillips and Michael Byrne-that alone makes it worth watching. Martin Kennedy is also quite good in the small part of Tate, a tough henchman. Jean Marsh plays one of the three witches who reside at the house known as The Pale Horse.

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