Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 6, Episode 4

Dumb Witness (31 Oct. 1996)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Dumb Witness (original title)

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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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Ann Morrish ...
Emily Arundel
Patrick Ryecart ...
Charles
Kate Buffery ...
Theresa
Paul Herzberg ...
Jacob
Julia St John ...
Bella
Norma West ...
Wilhemina
Jonathan Newth ...
Dr Grainger
Pauline Jameson ...
Isabel Tripp
Muriel Pavlow ...
Julia Tripp
Pat O'Toole ...
Geoffrey Freshwater ...
Sgt Keeley
Jestyn Phillips ...
Steward
Tobias Saunders ...
Alexis
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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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The portrait painting of General John Laverton Arundell also features in Agatha Christie: 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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Hercule Poirot: You forgot the Sisters Tripp.
Captain Arthur Hastings: Oh those two? They're batty, yes, but not murderers surely?
Hercule Poirot: What is murder but a kind of madness, mon ami?
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Dog (2009) See more »

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Belgian Sleuth (and dog)
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"This dog is very clever" Poirot says "He must be Belgian!"

A delightful adaptation of another Christie's classic : aptly titled cause the main witness is a dog .But only Poirot can communicate with him.

Mrs Arundell is a wealthy aunt and she has got nephews and nieces waiting for their inheritance .In her desirable mansion,on the bank of a lake where one of the nephews tries to break speed record ,strange things happen.

This is an absorbing episode in the POirot brilliant miniseries involving initials (which might or might not be those of the murderer) ,a dumb witness (Bob the dog) ,and an eerie side -which frequently shows in Christie's books : Emily Arundell's death is almost supernatural ("Her soul is flying away ") and there is a medium who talks to the Dead .


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