Syria, 1937: Hercule Poirot is one of several people present at an archaeological dig to find the skull of St John the Baptist, led by the exuberant Lord Boynton and his loyal son Leonard. The enterprise has been financed by Boynton's rich, rude and overbearing American wife. She bullies her three adopted children, Carol, Jinny and Raymond, as well as the family's nanny. Sarah King, a young English doctor, falls for Raymond and would love to tear him from his mother's apron-strings, and another doctor, Dr Gerard, takes an interest in Jinny, as does a Polish nun, who, with Jinny, is subject to an attack - by white slavers, according to the independent travel-writer Dame Celia Westholme. A mysterious young American, Jefferson Cope, whose link to the Boyntons seems tenuous, completes the group. Only his Lordship has any love for his wife so that, when she is found stabbed to death one blisteringly hot afternoon, Poirot has more than his fair share of suspects to interrogate. Written by
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A 1945 West End theatrical adaptation of the original 1938 novel eliminated Poirot's character and changed the identity of the killer. It is notable that Joan Hickson, later to play Christie's Miss Marple, was in the cast. See more »
Did Lady Boynton harm you physically?
My mother had little recourse to violence. She ws too smart for that. Instead, she just pried open the top of our skull and raked her poisonous tongue through our brains. No place to hide, Poirot - even in our heads!
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I totally concur with the reviewer who wondered why Poirot has suddenly found religion. I too, think this is a ridiculous "addition". Poirot is analytical, not religious. Although from his background, I'm sure he was raised Catholic and respects people's religious beliefs, he himself would NOT be openly fingering a rosary. I nearly spit my dinner out when I was watching the recent Murder on the Orient Express and saw him on his knees, praying!! This is not Poirot. I've heard David Suchet has "found religion" is recent years, which is great if that's what floats his boat, but that does NOT mean they should also have a classic character find religion as well.
I am so utterly disappointed and dismayed by the addition of characters, plot changes, etc., especially when there's really no point to them. Yes, the cinematography is beautiful, but what else is there? Why anyone would mess with the classics of Christie is beyond me, and I hope people rebel against these "new" versions.
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