A maid discovers the body of Count Victor Mattoni. It's up to Inspector Davidson from Scotland Yard to find the murderer, in part one of a three-part episode.

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Lord Sorrington
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Bernard K. Froy
Melville Cooper ...
Mullet
Charles Davis ...
Detective Raines
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Polly Stephens (as Pat Hitchcock)
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Count Victor Mattoni
Kendrick Huxham ...
Mr. Martin
George Pelling ...
Johnson
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Clifton (as A.E. Gould-Porter)
Jered Barclay ...
Peters (as Jerry Barclay)
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Inspector Davidson from Scotland Yard is a little too sure of himself. As he investigates the murder of Count Victor Mattoni, nothing goes according to his expectations, beginning with the maid whom he tries to console before realizing she's quite calm about the whole thing. That morning, she discovered the count sitting in a chair and lying quite still. She assumed he passed out from too much drink, but upon closer examination it seemed he had a bullet hole through his temple. The count didn't put the bullet there himself, which means it's up to the inspector and the eager young officer Raines to find out who did. Several suspects pass by, and with each discovery, the whole business gets more mysterious. Parts two and three of the story follow this episode. Written by J. Spurlin

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17 March 1957 (USA)  »

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Whenever the phone rings in this episode and in part 2, the 'ring' is not the sound that a typical British phone would make. It is the sound of an American phone of that era. See more »

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Polly Stephens: Count Mattoni, your tea.
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Agatha Christie (Sort of)
16 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to review a single twenty-five minute episode of an old TV drama. I mean, it's not exactly Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. In this episode we meet the first of the four murder suspects. He is a rich American who goes through the murder with some precision. The only thing that stood out to me was the mugging of British actor John Williams and his little sidekick who keeps analyzing his every move. Beyond that, we are introduced to the murder, find out a bit about the count (he, apparently was an ugly, grasping worm who always got what he wanted). I believe the whole thing could have been made a bit more fun by writing at least a post mortem flashback so we could observe his evil ways.


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