Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of his dinner host, Mr. Shaitana, who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are eight guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome interview each of the other guests in turn but make little headway until Poirot manages to reconstruct the various bridge hands played at the suspects' table. In doing so, he is able to identify one particular action that leads him to identify the killer. Written by
Shaitana uses what appears to be a gas cigarette lighter. Poirot is set in the 1930s and gas lighters were invented in the 1940s. See more »
[at the gallery]
... Some of these pieces are terribly revealing. For instance what do you make of that.
[nodding at a sculpture]
I do not know what to make of it Madame Oliver.
Not symmetrical enough for you?
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After watching the Mystery of the Blue Train and how badly it was adapted to the screen, I didn't think that they could do any worse. But I was wrong. Mrs. Christie did a great job with the book but the screenwriter changed it so badly that it was hard to recognize the story line. First, there were no pictures of Supt Battle and he wasn't homosexual in the book. The movie gave the impression that Anne and Rhoda were lovers, but in the book, both were lusting over Major Despard, especially Rhoda. And Mrs. Lorrimer was not Anne's mother - where did they get that ridiculous idea!! In the book Anne was the one who drowned, not Rhoda. They never touched on the doctor's murder spree of having killed four people - including Mrs. Lorrimer. Mrs. Christie made reference to Mr. Shaitana's "queer" parties but that was the only reference that could be interpreted as homosexual. The screenwriter seemed to have this fixation on homosexuality. It really didn't add anything to the story line. David Suchet is "Poirot". After seeing him in so many of the other Poirot productions, I can't imagine him being associated with the last four that were done. I hope that any future Poirots will be truer to the books that Mrs. Christie wrote.
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