Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.
Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Jane Marple's (Dame Margaret Rutherford's) sole "not guilty" vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group's hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood (Ron Moody). Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer.Written by
Jane Marple joins a rather interesting acting troupe in order to find out the real killer of Mrs. McGinty, a woman hanged in her apartment. Marple initially is a member of a jury judging the case of a man who she believes was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once a part of the acting company, murder follows and Jane's life becomes in great peril. Margaret Rutherford once again dons the role of super-sleuth Jane Marple. She looks like she is having so much fun with the role as she rolls her eyes, makes suggestive facial expressions, and furls her capes. She truly is a joy to watch as she waltzes her way through this rather tame, uninspired material. But what the story lacks in creativity, she adds with her screen persona. Her recitation of the Robert Service poem "The Killing of Dan McGrew" is worth a look at the film alone. Stringer Davis, as her librarian friend(and real-life husband) and Charles Tingwell, as Inspector Craddock, are back once again to aid Miss Marple(not that she really needs their help). Both actors are fun to watch as they interact with the grand dame. Ron Moody plays the head of the acting troupe. He is as ever very eccentric and plays nicely off Rutherford as well. It's a pity this was the last of the Marple/Rutherford films. They are so much fun to watch!
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