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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Bate ...
Lord Pearson
Charles Lester
Barbara Barnes ...
Mrs Lester
James Saxon ...
Reggie Dyer
Vincent Wong ...
Richard Albrecht ...
Lobby Clerk
John Cording ...
Gloria Connell ...
Miss Devenish
Bank Teller
Peter Barnes ...
Hi Ching ...
Chow Feng


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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21 January 1990 (UK)  »

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(at around 18 mins) Japp is showing his new toy to Poirot, a map where miniatures are used to follow a suspect. During the chase, the operators move the same miniatures (a car and a round black thing) twice at the same place in a few seconds. See more »


[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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References George White's 1935 Scandals (1935) See more »

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monopoly money
10 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good, amusing, and tricky episode.

Poor Hercule, he knows his bank balance to the farthing but the bank clerk insists he's overdrawn. Poirot is furious. On the home front, he and Hastings are playing a vicious monopoly game.

When the head of the bank, Lord Pearson, comes to visit Poirot, Poirot thinks it's to straighten out the incorrect balance deficit. Instead, it's to hire him. A Mr. Wu Ling was due at a bank meeting that morning, but has disappeared. He was to sell the bank a deed to a silver mine.

Unfortunately, when Wu Ling is located, it's too late. He's dead. Poirot now has to find the killer. The killer seems to be Charles Lester, an American, but for Poirot, that's too easy an answer.

This episode reminds us of how people lived and banked in the 1930s. Real people instead of machines at the bank and no television in the home. People talked with each other and played games. Also, there were some interesting locations here, including Chinatown.

Great episode with an obvious clue to the killer that everyone misses.

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