Jessica's redheaded British cousin Emma McGill has her fly over to London to attend her 'funeral' as requested by last will, but actually it's a staged car accident so they can sleuth who is behind three incidents Emma considers but can't prove to be murder attempts, in her view for ownership of her old-fashioned Mayhew music hall, which is in financial trouble but valuable if sold -would be-buyers even awaited Jessica at the airport-, half of the profits would go to her late co-founder's wimpy son Archie Weems and his greedy spouse Violet. Jessica turns to a Scotland Yard friend but as he is on holiday confides in his colleague Inspector Roger Crimmins, who plays along so the suspects can be examined. While they approach Emma's London apartment, Mayhem dresser Bridget O'Hara leaves it and is fatally struck by a fast car, possibly because she was dressed like Emma in a coat promised to her; Emma admits she left a reassuring message to her old friend, has-been Shakespearian actor ... Written by
The poster by Ian Pollock on Patrick MacNee's wall is from the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1982 production of King Lear directed by Adrian Noble and shows Michael Gambon and Anthony Sher. See more »
When the first scene at Emma's hideaway was shown, obviously the two characters Emma and Jessica were filmed separately on the couch and then the film was put together (as both are played by Angela Lansbury). However Jessica did a lot of moving while she was talking, so Emma was looking straight across at where she had been, despite her bending down while she talked. See more »
I've got people to answer to. People who'll peel away my hide if I don't deliver.
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I won't review the story as this has already been done, as has the obvious Non-British locations.
The 'English' Actors seem to have had the same voice coach as Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Even the British ones have bad accents; I've never heard Patrick Macnee and Glynis Johns, both very talented, that bad! Don't know what was worse, Macnee's odd English or Johns appalling Irish.
Do Americans really think we talk like that, or just American directors? Certainly the Americans I know don't.
Please. if you want British characters, let them sound British. If you want an Irish accent, get an Irish actor to play it. The same applies to Scottish which thankfully there were none to be murdered in this film but are often done very badly in American films.
We want Characters, not Caricatures.
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