On his doctor's orders Poirot has gone to stay in the seaside resort of Brighton, where he is frequently mistaken for Lucky Len, who gives out money on behalf of a newspaper to people who recognize him. Poirot is staying at the Metropolitan hotel, as are Mr. Opalsen, a theatrical producer, and his wife who is an actress starring in a play at a local theatre. A set of valuable pearls which Mrs. Opalsen wears in the play is stolen from her room, and suspicion falls on her maid Celestine, who was in the room next door. Celestine loves Andrew, the impoverished young author of Mrs. Opalsen's play but they cannot afford to get married and she is accused of taking the jewels to finance their marriage. Poirot solves the case and unmasks the real culprit, being rewarded by Opalsen and getting a bonus when he identifies the real Lucky Len. Written by
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Ladies and gentlemen. When the Russian actress and dancer Natalya Dolzhenko made Salomé in 1908, she wore a necklace made of magnificent pearls given to her by the czar. Last week, at an auction in Paris, I paid three hundred thousand francs for that same pearl necklace. My wife is going to show it to you now.
[Margaret Opalsen steps up onto the stage and removes her stole, revealing the necklace]
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, our new play premières here, at your beautiful ...
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Poirot has been sent for a rest by his doctor, and he has chosen to stay at the Grand Metropolitan Hotel in Brighton. A theatrical producer, Ed Opalson, and his wife, actress Margaret, are staying there as well. Opalson has purchased a valuable string of pearls that he will use in his new play about -- what else, a jewel theft.
Naturally, the jewels disappear. At first, Poirot is encouraged by Hastings to turn it down, which he does. However, when the detective continues to be taken as "Lucky Len," who is part of a newspaper contest where the person who can find Len wins ten pounds, getting rest is difficult. So, why not take the case? This is a fun episode with more than a touch of flamboyance: the play itself, the pearls, Lucky Len, it all adds up to a highly entertaining episode. I love it when Poirot has Hastings to bounce off of, as he does here. Actually my favorite episodes have the old gang on hand: Hastings, Miss Lemon, and Japp.
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