Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Dumb Witness 

An elderly woman confides to Poirot that she fears one of her relatives is trying to kill her for her money. He persuades her to disinherit her heirs, but she is murdered anyway.

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Hastings is invited by his friend Charles Arundell to be at hand when he tries to break a water speed record on a Berkshire country lake, but his boat's engine fails him. At a subsequent reception at the estate of Charles' well-to-do aunt, Poirot and the other guests witness her refusal to continue to underwrite Charles' expensive hobby, and he threatens her. Later, when she is almost killed in a freak accident involving her pet fox terrier Bob, she confides to Poirot that she suspects a family member of trying to kill her to gain part of her estate. The detective advises her to disinherit her grasping relatives and name a friend as beneficiary. Despite this precaution, she dies abruptly under questionable circumstances, but the local authorities refuse to authorize an autopsy. Suspecting foul play, Poirot looks to his wits as well as the Arundell dog, who remains a silent witness to murder. Written by G. Taverney (DUKE1029@AOL.COM)

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31 October 1996 (USA)  »

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The portrait painting of General John Laverton Arundell also features in Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (1991) in two scenes within the Military Club. See more »

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A modern mercury vapor street light is briefly visible as a man is pushing a cart along a town street towards the camera as it pans right, just before Emily meets with Jacob in the coffee shop. See more »

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Captain Arthur Hastings: I just wondered if you were having problems sleeping.
Hercule Poirot: So you awaken me to inquire? That is friendship indeed, Hastings.
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Poirot and Hastings at the top of their game!
11 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

All episodes should be as entertaining as this one.Fortunately the majority are! Things are never as they seem-as usual.As Poirot might say,"when there is a cry of "Fire"-quite often it comes from the miscreant who lit the match".And so it is with murder,n'este ce pas? Look for the person who first claims dirty work! Also,look for the suspect(and aren't they all?)who conveys a piece of vital information to the eager ear of the murderer-who seems quite trustworthy at the time. Don't you love the Lakeland?I've been on the train that Poirot and Hastings rode-also the ferry.Great stuff that adds touches of realism to this delightful tale of crime in the most genteel of places.Thumbs up!


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