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And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 October 1945 (USA)
Seven guests, a newly hired secretary and two staff are gathered at a manor house on an isolated island by an unknown absentee host and are killed off one-by-one. They work together to determine who the killer is before it's too late.

Director:

René Clair (as Rene Clair)

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Dudley Nichols (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Fitzgerald ... Judge Francis J. Quincannon
Walter Huston ... Dr. Edward G. Armstrong
Louis Hayward ... Philip Lombard
Roland Young ... Detective William Henry Blore
June Duprez ... Vera Claythorne
Mischa Auer ... Prince Nikita Starloff
C. Aubrey Smith ... Gen. Sir John Mandrake (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Judith Anderson ... Emily Brent
Richard Haydn ... Thomas Rogers
Queenie Leonard ... Ethel Rogers
Harry Thurston Harry Thurston ... Fred Narracott
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Storyline

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered for a weekend on an isolated island by the hosts, the Owens, who are delayed. At dinner, a record is played and the host's message alleges that all of the people present are guilty of murder, and suddenly the first of them is dead, then the next. It seems that one of them is the murderer, but the leading person is always the person who is murdered next and at last, only two people are left. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Trivia

Stars June Duprez, Louis Hayward, and Richard Haydn died with 6 months of each other. Duprez on October 30, 1984; Hayward on February 21, 1985 and Haydn on April 25, 1985. See more »

Goofs

When Lombard and the other two come downstairs after the woman is scared by the seaweed, just before they discover the judge has been shot, Lombard finds the gun on the floor near the stairs. He didn't accidentally kick it off the stairs on the way down. In the flashback, when it is revealed how the judge's death was faked, the gun was lying on one of the stair treads, not on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Judge Francis J. Quinncannon: Mr. Owen could only come to the island in one way. It's perfectly clear. Mr. Owen is one of us.
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Crazy Credits

The first line of the nursery rhyme appears onscreen - "Ten Little Indians Went Out To Dine...." - superimposed over a set of small statues of Native Americans - this is immediately followed by the film's title "And Then There Were None". See more »

Connections

Referenced in City Guys: And Then There Were None (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Little Indians
(uncredited)
Performed by Mischa Auer
Played often throughout the picture
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Improves With Each Viewing
24 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's another movie that I never felt was anything but fair, but I kept giving it more chances and every time I did, my rating went up. It seems to get better and better with multiple viewings. One of the reasons is that the more films I watch, the more I get familiar with all these actors.

If you didn't know any of these actors, the movie would be "fair" at best. You can bet if the story were re-done today, it would be faster moving. As it stands, its okay but a film in which 10 people are invited to an island and are systematically murdered one by one, should make for a tense thriller. Here, it's more of a study in paranoia, but that's interesting to view, too. I especially enjoy watching Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald banter back-and-forth.

The ending to this mystery was well-done, too, and not something you're likely to solve. So, if you like the old classic mysteries, this should be appealing. It features an interesting cast of young and old actors, male and female.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rene Clair's 'And Then There Were None' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rene Clair Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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