Banker Mr. Davenheim steps out of his house, into the fog, and disappears. Where has he gone? Poirot bets good friend inspector Japp five pounds that he can solve the mystery within the week, without leaving his flat, using Captain Hastings to collect the clues. Written by
"The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim" is a decent entry into the Poirot series, with some charming acting, dialogue, and interactions. When a wealthy man goes for a walk to the mailbox and disappears, Japp bets Poirot that he can't solve the crime never leaving his office. Poirot takes that bet.
Mr. Davenheim (Kenneth Colley) tells his wife (Mel Martin) that he is going out for a walk, shortly before a visitor, who is his nemesis, one Gerald Lowen (Tony Matthews) arrives for a business meeting at the Davenheim home. Lowen claims that he did not pass Davenheim on the path to the house. He waits a long time for Davenheim, and when he doesn't return, he leaves in a huff.
When Mrs. Davenheim's jewelry is discovered missing, Lowen becomes a suspect because he was in the same room as the safe waiting for Davenheim a long time.
Of course, Poirot figures it out without leaving, to the annoyance of Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson). And let's not forget the parrot that Poirot is babysitting, and the book about conjuring that he's reading, two little details that make the episode all the more fun.
My only problem with this episode is that it's so darn easy to figure out though perhaps the reason for what happened isn't.
Mel Martin, a lovely actress, seems to have quite a small part in this. Suchet, Jackson, Fraser as Higgins and Pauline Moran as the patient Miss Lemon, are all wonderful. Very entertaining.
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