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The Moving Finger 

Troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna rent a cottage in a seemingly tranquil English village which is plagued by a spate of poison pen letters... and murder.

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Rev Caleb Dane Calthrop
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Mrs. Maud Dane Calthrop (as Frances De La Tour)
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Emily Barton
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Aimee Griffith (as Jessica Stevenson)
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Dr Owen Griffith
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Mona Symmington
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Richard Symmington
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Elsie Holland
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When troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna relocate to the quiet little village of Lymstock in order to allow Jerry to recuperate from injuries received in what he claims is a motorcycle accident, they are expecting nothing more than country sleepiness and tedium. Much to their surprise, however, they find themselves embroiled in the middle of scandal and secrets; someone is sending vicious poison-pen letters to the residents. A local dignitary has already taken his own life over the letters, and it's not long before local gossip Mona Symmington also commits suicide after receiving a letter. But when the letter-writer apparently resorts to murder, Jerry finds his curiosity stoked despite himself, and he's not the only one; Miss Jane Marple is also in Lymstock, and she's decided that it's long past time someone got to the bottom of this unpleasant business. Written by Scotty

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The title of the film (and the novel it's based on) is, like that of many other works by Agatha Christie, a quotation of a piece of poetry. "The Moving Finger" are the first words of a well known work by the medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam. See more »

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Mrs. Symmington can be seen quite clearly standing next to her husband attending the funeral for the murdered maid Agnes Brown. Mrs. Symmington was murdered and buried before Agnes Brown. In fact, Agnes attended Mrs. Symmington's funeral. See more »

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Miss Marple: Mr. Burton what about you?
Jerry Burton: I'm going away.
Miss Marple: To do what?
Jerry Burton: Do you know I haven't a clue? I expect I'll find something.
Miss Marple: Perhaps what you're looking for is right here under your nose.
Jerry Burton: She doesn't want me Miss Marple.
[referring to Megan]
Miss Marple: Faint heart Mr. Burton. I once let someone go. He had... commitments you see... a war to fight. But I've often wondered if under other circumstances I would'e done the same. It seems to me Mr. Burton that, we should count ourselves blessed if we are allowed just one ...
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References The Collector (1965) See more »

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If you liked the Joan Hickson versions turn away now
13 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I always thought my wife was a bit OTT in liking the Joan Hickson versions of Miss Marple, up until now the Geraldine McEwan versions have been OK but nothing specially.

After last nights episode we both agreed that what we saw was utter drivel.

Not a patch on the original, the choice of actors was a bit dubious.

Come on ITV you can make some great Crime Dramas (Midsummer Murders, Poirot). This however is not one of them.

Avoid at all costs

J


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