Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime. Written by
Did You Know?
Miss Marple is shown reading Raymond Chandler
's short story anthology "The Simple Art of Murder", which also contains his titular essay on the detective novel. In the essay, Chandler argues that, in real life, the most unsolvable murders are the simplest, and criticizes, among other writers, Agatha Christie
for creating implausible, over-elaborate murder plots for her novels. See more
In the beginning of the film, when Miss Marple is ready to go to church, you can see a calendar on the table showing August 1951. On the calendar, the month begins with a Tuesday. In fact, the 1st of August 1951 was a Wednesday. See more
[Walks in on Leonard looking rather tearfully at Lawrence's portrait of her
Shame, he was on his way to getting me, don't you think?
Rev Leonard Clement
...oh, you silly man! Yes he's charming, yes he's like a breath of fresh air in the village, yes I was flattered but... no! You are my husband, Len. I would never deceive you.
... Unless it was for the best.