A deck with a missing card provides Poirot with the clue he needs to solve the murder of the tyrannical head of a movie studio.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Saintclair
David Swift ...
Henry Reedburn
Bunny Saunders
Jack Klaff ...
Prince Paul of Maurania
Rosie Timpson ...
Miss Deloy
Gawn Grainger ...
Ralph Walton
Marc Culwick ...
Young Man (as Mark Culwick)
Vass Anderson ...
Avril Elgar ...
Mrs Oglander
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Geraldine Oglander
Ronnie Oglander


After a visit to Parade film studios with his friend Captain Hastings, Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of Henry Reedburn, the head of the studio. Reedburn was something of a tyrant who had fired a veteran actor, taken over a major film from a young director and had recently blackmailed actress Valerie Saintclair into signing a new contract. Upon finding the body, Saintclair ran to a neighboring house to seek help, interrupting the Oglander family's bridge game in the process. However, the lack of a king of clubs on the card table provides Poirot with only clue he needs to solve the crime. Written by garykmcd

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12 March 1989 (UK)  »

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The first of two episodes to feature Sean Pertwee. In this first series episode, he plays Ronnie Oglander, twenty-four years later (in the final series) he played Sir George Stubbs in Agatha Christie: Poirot: Dead Man's Folly (2013). In both episodes he played opposite one of the Cusack sisters (Niamh Cusack and Sinéad Cusack respectively). See more »


[first lines]
Valerie Saintclair: I'm not sure we should expect to see each other again.
Young Man: I couldn't bear that. I have to see you again.
Valerie Saintclair: Please.
Young Man: God! You're so beautiful.
Valerie Saintclair: Ahmed... I'm married.
Henry Reedburn: No! No! No!
Bunny Saunders: Alright, everybody, cut! Cut!
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References Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) See more »

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Poirot makes excuses for a man's death
9 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like David Suchet who plays Poirot especially his eyes and mustache. The cases are usually interesting and full of suspense.

A man that is connected with a movie studio is found dead and Inspector Japp and Poirot are involved in investigating the crime.

It so happens that one of the actresses goes to the home of the man and finds him dead then runs next store to a neighbors house.

After Poirot talks to the neighbors and the actress who is staying in the house he finds that their stories are suspicious. He also finds a newspaper clip in the dead-man's office that can explain a source of blackmail on the family where the actress went and also on the actress.

It seems in the end Poirot explains that the dead man died of head wounds from a fight. Poirot knows who the man had the fight with and exclaims this death was an accident not murder so no investigation is needed. Captains Hastings objects regarding the cause of death but Poirot does does not intend to tell the police what he knows and announces the case be "unsolved." He made me sick he was so happy with himself.

What a big disappointment for a great investigator to let people that caused the death of a man not be interviewed and also get off the hook by calling the death an "accident."

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