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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  25 December 1986 (UK)
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Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

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Joan Hickson ...
Paul Eddington ...
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Polly Adams ...
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James Hazeldine ...
Christopher Good ...
Norma West ...
Michael Browning ...
David Horovitch ...
Ian Brimble ...
Jack Galloway ...
Bill Archer
Rachel Weaver ...
Mary Wright
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Barbara Hicks ...
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When a despised magistrate is found shot to death in the library of the local vicarage, his wife and her lover, a portrait painter living on the church grounds, both confess to the crime. Miss Marple's keen powers of observation clear both of them of the crime, but other suspects abound. Included are the murdered man's daughter, who posed for the artist, a neurotic cleric who's embezzled church funds, the local doctor, an ex-convict who poached on the magistrate's land, and a missionary's enigmatic widow who argued with him the day before he was killed. An exasperated Inspector Slack must reluctantly accept help from the analytical Miss Marple. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Gyilkosság a paplakban  »

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Detective Inspector Slack: I thought it was looking too good to be true. I shoulds known better! Soon as I saw that nice looking, gray-haired cobra sliding about, I shoulda known better
Detective Sergeant Lake: Hunh?
Detective Inspector Slack: The Marple woman sticks to this sort of business like chewing gum to the cat.
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The Entertainer
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an excellent Miss Marple
4 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hickson is by far the best Miss Marple onscreen. Her performances make these cozy mysteries really entertaining. The screen adaptations in the series are a bit uneven, but I enjoyed all of them. I especially liked this one, "A Murder is Announced", and "Sleeping Murder".

The production values for the series were quite good, the supporting actors always at least passable and sometimes far better than that, and they didn't take too many liberties with the stories. But Hickson's performances are uniformly excellent.


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