After Poirot pays a routine visit to his dentist, the doctor apparently shoots himself to death a short time later. Chief Inspector Japp appropriately recruits the detective as both witness and consultant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Phillips-Lane ...
Gerda / Helen
Peter Blythe ...
Carolyn Colquhoun ...
Karen Gledhill ...
Gladys Neville
Laurence Harrington ...
Henry Morley
Rosalind Knight ...
Georgina Morley
Jane Olivera
Helen Horton ...
Julia Olivera
Trilby James ...
Agnes Fletcher
Joe Greco ...
Alfred Biggs
Oliver Bradshaw ...
Mr Hendry


Poirot pays what appears to be a routine visit to Dr. Morley, his dentist, but shortly after he leaves the clinic, the doctor is found dead with a gunshot wound to his temple, an apparent suicide. Poirot suspects foul play, and all those who entered the doctor's offices after Poirot left are suspect. They include Alaistair Blunt, a prominent and very influential bank director, Frank Carter, a young fascist thug with a personal grudge against Morley, Mr. Amberiotis, an enigmatic recent arrival from India suffering from a toothache, and Mabelle Sainsbury-Seale, a charity worker also recently returned from India. When Amberiotis is found dead in his hotel room from an overdose of Novocaine and Sainsbury-Seale disappears, Poirot rightly expands his list of suspects and connects the crime to events that occurred in India 12 years earlier. Written by G. Taverney (

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19 January 1992 (UK)  »

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(newsreel archive footage)|

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1.33 : 1
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Upon inspection of the victim Inspector Japp quotes "revolver grasp in lifeless fingers". The gun is not a revolver but a semi-automatic. See more »


Julia Olivera: I've never heard of a dentist committing suicide before. Wouldn't happen in the States, you can be sure of that; they're too damn rich to kill themselves!
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A knot of a plot
2 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Hercule Poirot investigates the death of his dentist in London. At first, it appears to be a clear case of suicide, but when one more client of the dentist is found dead a few hours later, and yet another one disappears, Poirot realizes that the matter is much more complicated than it seems.

The plot of "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" is so incredibly convoluted that it takes Poirot an entire 20 minutes (ie. 2 DVD chapters) to explain it at the end! It's clever, yes, but I don't see how any person with an IQ below 150 can follow it on the first viewing. Neither the locations nor the characters are particularly memorable, although the production is of course up to the usual high standards. The single best thing about this film may be the highly atmospheric score, which offers a series of variations on the melody of the title rhyme. (**1/2)

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