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They Do It with Mirrors 

A reformatory for delinquent boys run by Miss Marple's philanthropic friend becomes the scene of arson and poisoning, and ultimately murder.



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Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Jordan Long ...
Whitstable Ernest
Johnny Restarick


Miss Marple is requested to help her old friend Carrie-Louise, the loving wife of benign philanthropist Lewis Serrocold. Carrie-Louise is slowly poisoned by an unknown hand,and her husband and her sister Ruth want absolutely to save her from this dark menace. Written by igorlongo

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19 July 2009 (USA)  »

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The inscription "Recover hope all ye who enter here" over the facility gate, is the opposite of Dante's inscription over the gate of Hell- "Abandon hope all ye who enter here". See more »


The charred accounts letter has the year 1953, however in the intro, a morris minor convertible has a registration plate with year suffix letter E - which was 1 January 1967 - 31 July 1967. See more »

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Christie uses theatrical illusions in her plotting...
19 July 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better Miss Marple adaptations starring JULIA McKENZIE as the clever sleuth who solves a few murders while helping detectives solve the case.

Without giving the plot away, it's safe to say that THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS refers to the old theatrical expression used to explain theater magic. Here it becomes a vital part of the plot, the revelation of which should come as no great surprise to mystery fans.

BRIAN COX is fine in the central role of Louis Serrocold and all of the other British players are well cast. McKenzie seems to be settling into her role with ease and comfort, but her ability to see through a maze of relationships and clues remains a bit far fetched. Nevertheless, the story has enough ingredients to hold one's interest until the solution is revealed.

Well worth watching, especially for Marple fans. The only false note is JOAN COLLINS' flamboyant performance as Ruth. Her opening scene, especially, with Miss Marple is poorly written and directed.

Trivia note: ELLIOT COWAN who plays the American Wally, is (excuse the expression) a dead ringer for Heath Ledger--even has some of his mannerisms. Incredible likeness.

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