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Agatha Christie's Marple 

The Body in the Library (original title)
Dolly Bantry calls upon her old friend Miss Marple when the strangled corpse of an unknown blonde girl is found in the library of her home, Gossington Hall.

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A young woman's corpse is dumped in the library of Gossington Hall, home of Jane Marple's friend Dolly Bantry and her husband Arthur. Pompous Chief Constable Melchett suspects a connection with Basil Blake, an arty young man who lives locally but Blake is dismissive when Melchett visits him. Then Superintendent Harper rings from the coastal town of Danemouth. Ruby Keane, a young girl employed as a dancer at the Majestic Hotel there, has gone missing, and her cousin Josie Turner identifies the corpse as Ruby's. Ruby is in favour with millionaire Conway Jefferson, whose own son and daughter were killed in a wartime air raid, and he wants to adopt her. His son-in-law Mark Gaskell, and daughter-in-law Adelaide react variously to the news. Miss Marple is convinced that the solution to Ruby's murder may be found at the hotel and she and Dolly book into a suite to investigate. There is no shortage of suspects, not only family members but the handsome Raymond Starr, another of the hotel's ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

The producers of this series of Miss Marple TV dramas have set her home village of St Mary Mead in Oxfordshire. From clues given in the Agatha Christie books, if a real county was guessed at, Hampshire would be the likely location for St Mary Mead. See more »

Goofs

In the scene showing the Pier at "Danemouth", a modern double decker bus is visible driving past. See more »

Quotes

Basil Blake: [introducing his wife to Colonel Melchett] Dinah Lee, minor actress, major slut!
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Connections

Version of Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984) See more »

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All of Me
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Music by Gerald Marks
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Not a patch on the previous version.
14 December 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

What a waste of talent. Dreadful overacting combined with apparently unnecessary changes in what was already an excellent plot.

Geraldine McEwan looks perfect and at times is excellent. But as I heard someone on the radio say, she's brings a 'smugness' that I don't think Christie ever intended.

The stand out performance must be Joanna Lumley who looks like she was born for the part.

Finally some of the scenes at the end were disappointing and again complete out of character with the style of the rest of the film, just as many modern films seem to need a single swear word in them to give them some sort of credibility.


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