A young widow is left in sole possession of her late husband's fortune, and her brother refuses to share it with her in-laws - so they enlist Poirot to try to prove that the widow's missing first husband might not be dead after all.
Hercule Poirot finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the Cloade family. Rosaleen is the young widow of Gordon Cloade who was killed in a gas explosion in his London home. Rosaleen has inherited her late husband's substantial fortune and she and her brother David Hunter are refusing to share it with other members of Gordon Cloade's family. There have been persistent rumors that Rosaleen's first husband, an intrepid explorer, is still alive and as such would nullify her marriage to Gordon. What Poirot learns however is of a far greater deception that will alter everyone's perception of what they believe to their reality. Written by
The title is from the words of Brutus in William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", which Poirot (in the novel) quotes: "There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to Fortune". (Poirot is explaining "it is very Shakespearian".) See more »
When Poirot is at the inn examining the murder scene, the "dead" body can be seen breathing. See more »
Here's a family so dysfunctional that it could have wandered in from one of Simenon's Maigret novels rather than Agatha Christie. The Cloade family are full of rather awful people and as usual the question is which one of them is going to end up face down on the library carpet.
Poirot isn't on stage for a lot of the middle of the story, but when he springs into action he makes up for it.
In retrospect, it's easy to point out some clues which are so obvious that we never noticed them. But then 'twas ever thus with Agatha Christie.
There are a couple of modern touches -- Christie would never have used the word "shit" or included casual references to homosexuality. But they do say every generation re-makes the classics anew.
As always with these made for TV movies, the period atmosphere looks wonderful.
I'm sure the 1930s weren't this agreeable in real life, but they look great here.
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