Poirot is drawn into a case where a man is found dead on the grounds of his estate, apparently frightened to death by the spirits that haunt it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ian McCulloch ...
Jonathan Maltravers
Geraldine Alexander ...
Susan Maltravers
Captain Black (as Neil Duncan)
Anita Carey ...
Miss Rawlinson
Samuel Naughton
Ralph Watson ...
Edward Jewesbury ...
Dr Bernard
Geoffrey Swann ...
Hilary Sesta ...
Doctor's Receptionist
David Lloyd ...
Museum Attendant
Pat Keen ...
Civil Defence Organiser
Richard Bebb ...
Newsreader (voice)


Having been lured to the village of Marsdon Leigh under false pretenses - the local hotel owner is unable to solve the crime in his own manuscript and so invites the detective to solve a "murder" - Poirot and Hastings are asked to look into the death of Mr. Maltravers, owner of the local manor house. The local rumor mill has it that the Marsdon Manor is haunted by several ghosts and Maltravers' wife is convinced that her husband was frightened to death. In the end, Poirot initiates a clever ruse to obtain a confession from the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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3 February 1991 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Danvers: [shoots a rook] Damn pests!
[Jonathan knocks the body of the rook out of the tree, then stumbles and falls]
Susan Maltravers: Jack!
[she runs to him]
Susan Maltravers: I'm here, darling, I'm here.
Jonathan Maltravers: It's all right, Susan. I just stumbled, that's all.
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a fun episode and a real mystery
4 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From 1991, "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" is an excellent Poirot, with he and Hastings headed to meet a man who has a case for them to solve. When they arrive at the hotel where they are to meet him, they learn he has a case all right -- his own. He's written a book, has written his characters into a corner and wants Poirot to help him come up with an ending. Poirot is livid.

However, a real case does appear, that of the death of the owner of Marsdon Manor, Jonathan Travers. He was suffering from an ulcer and is found dead. His wife, Susan, insists that he died of fright and that the grounds are haunted by the ghost of a young woman who was killed there. In fact, Mrs. Maltravers is terrified and keeps seeing her sitting in a tree. It looks like a good case for Poirot.

Really delightful, with Poirot visiting himself in the local wax museum and also visiting a doctor to learn about the late man's condition. When he announces his name to the receptionist, she tells the doctor, "Doctor, there is a gentleman outside who is suffering from Hercule Poirot." With Suchet as Poirot, there is no such thing as suffering.

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