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
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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So much fun, always was one of my personal favourite short story Poirots
I may be biased as I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and of the Poirot adaptations, but alongside The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Chocolate Box and Wasp's Nest, Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan is one of my personal favourites of the short story Poirot adaptations. I agree that some of the clues are a little obvious in the sense that you wonder how you could've missed them first time if re-watching, but there is so much to love. Not just the typically outstanding performance of David Suchet as Poirot and Hugh Fraser a great contrast as Hastings, but also the splendid scenery, costumes and photography and evocative atmosphere. Add to that a haunting and memorable score, intelligent and funny dialogue, fun support from Phillip Jackson and Pauline Moran and a story that is simple but absorbing from beginning to end, and you have a fun and simply wonderful Poirot mystery. All in all, well worth watching. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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