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By the Pricking of My Thumbs 

Miss Marple joins forces with Tommy and Tuppence Beresford to find the murderer of Tommy's Aunt Ada.

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Chloe Pennington ...
Oliver Jordan ...
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Tommy / Tommy Beresford
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Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin ...
Marjorie Moody
June Whitfield ...
Mrs. Lancaster
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Aunt Ada
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Mr. Eccles
Patrick Barlow ...
Mr. Timothy
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Chris Murphy (as O-T Fagbenle)
Jody Halse ...
Amos Perry
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Dr. Joshua Waters
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Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit their aunt Ada in a nursing home. Aida cryptically mentions to Tuppence about a murdered child. The next day Ada is found dead in her bed. Causes appear to be natural but Tuppence's suspicions are aroused when a note from Ada mentions that fellow-nursing home dweller Mrs Lancaster is not safe. Coincidentally, Mrs Lancaster has just checked out, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Johnson. While pondering all this at the nursing home, Tuppence runs into someone who is intrigued by her musings - Miss Marple. Together, and aided by a painting, they set off to find the Johnsons and Mrs Lancaster, as they are sure they are key to a mystery and potentially a murder, or two. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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19 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Although the date of is not made clear, it appears to be set in the Post-War late 40s or early 50s. The movie version of Jane Eyre (1943) that it refers to was made during the war in 1944, so although the poster art from the film appears similar to the Robert Stevenson film, it doesn't mention either Joan Fontaine or Orson Welles, who starred in the film. The part of Jane's friend, who dies in the film, was originally played by Elizabeth Taylor, although she dies from pneumonia, not leukemia, as stated in "By the Pricking of My Thumbs." See more »

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This episode is set somewhere in the late 40s, early 50s (Polo mints were first made in 1948). Miss Marple requests the taxi driver to take them to "the train station". The expression "train station" has only been in common use in the last few years, it's certain Miss Marple would have said "railway station". See more »

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Tommy Beresford: [Tuppence asks Tommy to drive so she can continue reading her copy of Macbeth. Tommy chuckles in response] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
Tuppence Beresford: [gets in car on passenger side] I heard you were marvelous.
Tommy Beresford: Who from?
Tuppence Beresford: You.
Tommy Beresford: Hmm.
[gets in car and starts engine]
Tommy Beresford: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
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Version of Mon petit doigt m'a dit... (2005) See more »

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Christie fans should avoid it
12 September 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Over a period of almost fifty years Agatha Christie published five novels about Tommy Beresford and "Tuppence." née Prudence Cowley: The Secret Adversary (1922), when they were in their twenties, Partners in Crime (1929), after they married; N or M? (1941) at the start of World War II; By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968); and Postern of Fate (1971), when they are elderly. Unlike other Christie characters, the Beresfords grow old in the course of the stories:.

Christie wrote (in By the Pricking of My Thumbs) "During the long course of their married life they had hardly ever been separated for any length of time. Starting before their marriage, they had called themselves a pair of "young adventurers." They … had married, they had had two children, and just as the world was seeming rather dull and middle-aged to them, the second war had come about…." The five "Tommy and Tuppence" books are not among Christie's best efforts, but they are more than fair. That cannot be said for the "adaptation" in which Tuppence has become an alcoholic and into which an American soldier, an unwanted pregnancy, and Miss Jane Marple – a Christie character who never ages – have all been quite foolishly inserted.

All in all, neither this adaptation nor the actress who portrays Miss Jane Marple has the charm and ingenuity that Christie fans have come to expect. Christie fans should avoid it.


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