When a man disinherits his sole beneficiary and bequeaths his wealth to others just prior to his death, Poirot is called in to investigate.

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Gilbert Entwhistle
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Maude Abernethie
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Inspector Morton
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George Abernethie
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Helen Abernethie
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Susannah Henderson
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Lanscombe
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His friend, solicitor Gilbert Entwhistle, asks Hercule Poirot to help solve a riddle and a murder. The riddle has to do with Richard Abernethie's will. It would seem that he changed his will immediately prior to his death, distributing all of his wealth equally among family members but excluding George Abernethie who, in all previous wills, had been the sole beneficiary. The two had supposedly argued recently, but Entwhistle suspects the new will may be a forgery. As for the murder, he would like Poirot to investigate the death of Cora Galaccio, who was violently beaten to death the day after Richard's funeral. She too had inherited from the suspect will, but are the two deaths and the will all part of a greater plot, or is there a simpler explanation? Written by garykmcd

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Sean O'Connor, who has chauffeured David Suchet to the set since the first season, makes an uncredited appearance as a driver. See more »

Goofs

When the group gathered after dinner, Rosamund makes a comment referencing a revival of the play "The Miracle Worker", however that play was first adapted by William Gibson for a 1957 Playhouse 90 production, while this Poirot adaptation is set in mid 1930s England. See more »

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George Abernethie: Yes, it's extraordinary, isn't it? The way some women are loyal to buffoons of husbands when other men, men who should inspire real loyalty, are made fools of.
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Version of Murder at the Gallop (1963) See more »

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Poirot in top form
27 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Suchet is Agatha Christie's mustached detective Hercule Poirot in "After the Funeral," produced in 2005. Anyone who has heard David Suchet speak with his own British accent knows what a shock it is, because his accent as Poirot is so perfect and organic to the character. Suchet is the Poirot of Agatha Christie's books, and although I confess a love for Peter Ustinov in the role, his portrayal doesn't have that much to do with what Christie wrote.

In this episode, Poirot is asked by a solicitor friend to investigate the possible murder of one of his clients. Enroute on the train, the solicitor recounts the events after the death - a strange will disinheriting the expected heir and the pronouncement of the man's sister that he was murdered. When Poirot meets the family, he discovers adultery, lots of secrets, another will and murder.

The story is excellent with rich production values and a wonderful, detailed depiction of the time period. All of the acting is superb, particularly from Monica Dolan, who plays Miss Gilchrist. Poirot here is without Hastings, his beautiful office, or Miss Lemon but he's effective nonetheless.

I had the privilege of seeing David Suchet on Broadway in "Amadeus." Breathtaking. What an actor - when he's playing Poirot, all I see IS Poirot.


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