Tommy Mayfield is a British industrialist who has developed a new fighter plane. Up to now he has paid all development costs himself and he very much wants the government to contribute. It is reluctant to do so because of an apparent indiscretion some years before when Mayfield was supposed to have sold heavy artillery to the Japanese. In order to get back into the government's good books, he decides to lay a trap for Mrs. Vanderlyn, a known Nazi sympathizer and possible spy. The bait is the plans for the new fighter but Mayfield's wife is so concerned that she asks Hercule Poirot to spend the weekend at their house to make sure Vanderlyn doesn't get away with anything. Written by
"It's called the Kestrel - until we come up with a better name" The plane is clearly intended to be the Spitfire. When Mitchell designed the Spitfire, he called it the Shrike. He thought "Spitfire" was a silly name. See more »
(at around 10 mins) As Poirot, Mayfield and other characters march into a room together, Poirot's lips don't move, even though we hear him speaking with Mayfield. See more »
Hercule Poirot is hired by Lady Mayfield to observe her husband's business dealings. Her husband is Tommy Mayfield, industrialist and aircraft designer. He has just designed and built a revolutionary new fighter, a fighter that surpasses anything the Germans have. However, in order to complete the project he needs funding and has invited the wealthy Mrs Vanderlyn to his estate to discuss her investing in the project. However, Mrs Vanderlyn is a known Nazi sympathizer and there are fears she may steal the plans of the plane for the Germans. Sure enough, soon after her arrival, a crucial part of the plans goes missing...
No murder, but still very interesting. A few red herrings, a good twist and a decent car chase (not often you say that about a Poirot episode) make for a good theft-espionage drama. Add in some good humour and banter, especially between Poirot and Miss Lemon, and some nice scenes of a Spitfire being flown and you have a good all- round episode.
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