No one seems surprised when Colonel Lucius Protheroe, the most disliked person in St. Mary Mead, is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.
A wealthy woman holds a party at her Devon estate for family and friends, including old schoolmate Miss Marple. When a solicitor and the hostess herself are both murdered, Miss Marple tries to find a clever killer with a devious plan.
"Quite dismal adaptation that badly lacks period flavor."
Miss Marple's closest friend Elspeth McGillicuddy (Pam Ferris) sees a man strangling a woman on a passing train. However, as the police can find no trace of a corpse either on the train or by the line side, they dismiss her story as a nightmare. However, Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwen) is unconvinced and conducts her own investigation, which takes her to the estate of the miserly Luther Crackenthorpe (David Warner) and his squabbling family, all of whom are after his estate. The body finally turns up in their stable and the Crackenthorpe's believe it to be the body of a french farm girl whom was once married into their family. However, two more murders occur in the family before Miss Marple can bring the culprit to justice.
Quite dismal adaptation of Christie's whodunit, which had been filmed better twice before as Murder She Said (1962) starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple and later in 1987 as part of the BBC's acclaimed series with Joan Hickson. Here, the script sticks reasonably close to the original, but like the other episodes in this series it is robbed of period flavor by unatmospheric cinematography that seems more suited to a pop video than period mysteries. Performances throughout are wooden and it wastes a lot of good talent such as David Warner and McEwen is miscast as Miss Marple.
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