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.
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.
Miss Jane Marple is asked to help Gwenda, a wealthy young woman who has bought a house on the English coast, only to experience disturbing visions. Thanks to Miss Marple's investigations, Gwenda discovers that, instead of spending all her life in India, she had lived in the house as a child. The visions are actually flashes of memory - and she realizes she witnessed the murder of a beautiful woman named "Helen". Written by
During one of the flashbacks of the Funnybones performances, Edith plays a famous tune called "Sabre Dance" on the xylophone. However this would be impossible since the song was not composed until the 1940's and the flashbacks are said to be in 1934. See more »
Good, but somehow manages to make a mess of the book!
The book is without doubt the creepiest Marple book, and one of my favourite Agatha Christies. This adaptation is good, but could have been much better, had it been a lot closer to the source material. I didn't like the inclusion of the Funnybones group, and other characters were left out entirely, and those who were left in were quite badly altered. Though I must give credit to Sophia Myles, who did give Gwenda a very nervous edge, especially during the Duchess of Malfi performance, with the line "Cover her face" which creeped me out in the Joan Hickson version, but not really here. The acting was okay, but I wish they made Kennedy Scottish like they did in the Joan Hickson adaptation. As much an excellent actor Phil Davis is, he wasn't my idea of Kennedy. He was too young, compared to the Kennedy in the Joan Hickson version. This is beautifully shot, with some creepy moments in the beginning, but somehow falls rapidly downhill after The Duchess of Malfi scene. As most of the commentators had established already, the biggest letdown was the ending. In alternative to the genuinely frightening one in the book and the Joan Hickson version, it was turned into a Poirot- like charade with ghastly plot changes. Also it seemed rushed, and almost nonsensical, though I was touched that Gwenda found love at the end, despite the fact she's married in the book. In conclusion, this version could have been better. See the Joan Hickson version instead. Sorry I'm comparing this to the Joan Hickson series, but that did a much better job conveying the much-needed creepiness of the book. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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