Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 2, Episode 3

The Lost Mine (21 Jan. 1990)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Lost Mine (original title)

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When a Chinese businessman with a map to a long lost silver mine is found dead in Chinatown, Poirot must find the map and killer.

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Anthony Bate ...
Lord Pearson
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Charles Lester
Barbara Barnes ...
Mrs Lester
James Saxon ...
Reggie Dyer
Vincent Wong ...
Chinaman
Richard Albrecht ...
Lobby Clerk
John Cording ...
Jameson
Gloria Connell ...
Miss Devenish
Julian Firth ...
Bank Teller
Peter Barnes ...
Wilkins
Hi Ching ...
Chow Feng
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Hercule Poirot is hired by Lord Pearson, who happens to be the head of the bank where Poirot keeps his accounts, to find Mr. Wu Ling who was to have attended a meeting at the bank that morning, but who has disappeared. The missing man was to sell the bank a deed to a silver mine. When the man is found dead, Poirot finds himself searching for a killer. All of the evidence seems to point to an American, Charles Lester, but Poirot finds that to be just a little too convenient. At home, Poirot and Captain Hastings find themselves involved in a vicious game of Monopoly! Written by garykmcd

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The action begins on August 2, 1935 as shown by the hotel register, but the London version of Monopoly was not produced until 1936. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain Hastings: Community Chest. You've won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect ten pounds.
Hercule Poirot: Thank you very much, Hastings. It would appear that skill plays but a little part in this game, hein?
Captain Hastings: It's all about skill. What to buy and when. Where to put your property.
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The ending makes this episode
18 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

A Chinese man arrives at a London hotel; he has with him the map to a long-considered "lost" mine, and he has agreed to sell the map to an English bank. But the next day he doesn't turn up at the time of the meeting; in fact, after a few hours, he turns up dead. The president of the bank asks Hercule Poirot for help.

Apart from the Oriental flavor (it's partly shot in London's Chinatown), and a brief look at Scotland Yard's methods in the 1930's, this is for the most part a rather trivial episode of the Poirot series. But it is saved at the end by the startling revelation of the killer's identity. Up until then, it's a ** out of 4, but the last 5 minutes make it a ***. One of the clues is so obvious in retrospect that you may feel like hitting your head on the wall if you miss it (and I did....miss it , I mean).


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