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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

This is considered by many to be one of the original "slasher" movies. Although it is a detective mystery; if you look at the plot structure and how it progresses; ten people isolated in a remote house or location; the prophecy at the beginning of the story that they will all be killed; the people being killed off gorily one-by-one by a mystery killer; the bodies turning up here, there, and everywhere, decorated in a hideous way by the killer to taunt the survivors; all the way until the ending when the final girl faces off against the killer; this definitely fits the structure of a slasher movie; iIt's not that different from Friday the 13th (1980) if you think about it. Right up to the mystery killer, the Final Girl and the surprise ending. It would be the prototype for other slasher movies to follow. 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

[last lines]
Fred Narracott: Good morning. Ready to leave now?
Philip Lombard: Ha, are we.
Fred Narracott: Are the others ready too?
Philip Lombard: You call them.
[Narracott enters the house while Lombard and Claythorne run off together]
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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 Dawson's Creek: Sex, She Wrote (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Little Indians
(uncredited)
Performed by Mischa Auer
Played often throughout the picture
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User Reviews

Best version of the Christie novel...all of the usual suspects are in fine form...
15 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Why quibble about the ending? I know it's not the same as the book's final scene, but since Agatha Christie herself changed it for the stage version--sensibly (because the book's ending doesn't work dramatically)--there's no reason to feel cheated. It's still one of the cleverest ideas for a mystery--ten people invited to an old house by the sea so that an unknown host can dispose of them one by one. Under Rene Clair's direction, there's a great deal of humor thrown in. Add to that, enjoyable performances from a first-rate cast of character actors--Barry Fitzgerald, Judith Anderson, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward and the always dependable Richard Haydn as Rogers, the butler. June Duprez is the only weakness in the cast members, showing little emotion throughout. The atmosphere is brooding, the chills are delicious, and you can rewind your VHS print to spot Agatha's give-aways. One of the best mysteries of all time, but don't waste your time on the later remakes. This version is the genuine product.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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