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She Fell Among Thieves 

A villainess concocts a nefarious plot around her stepdaughter and matches wits with an English gentleman adventurer.


Clive Donner


Tom Sharpe, Dornford Yates (novel)

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Episode credited cast:
Malcolm McDowell ... Richard Chandos
Eileen Atkins ... Vanity Fair
Michael Jayston ... Mansel
Karen Dotrice ... Jenny
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Virginia
Philip Locke ... Acorn
Richard Pearson ... Father Below
Freda Jackson ... Lafone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Arliss ... Bell
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell ... Candle
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Luis
Pat Gorman ... John
Bernard Hill ... Carson
Jonathan Lynn ... Gaston


In 1922, in the French Pyrenees, a posh evil matriarch called Vanity Fair is trying to marry off her young and innocent stepdaughter by any vile means necessary in order to inherit the 20 million pounds that her late aristocrat husband and the girl's father left to his daughter as long as the girl does not marry before coming of age. Since this will happened after the girl's upcoming birthday, Vanity in desperation even tries drugging the girl and arranging a forced wedding but her plan fails at the last second when the groom-to-be suddenly drops dead. Handsome British lord Richard Chandos, who's in France on vacation, finds the dead body and decides to investigate the matter himself. Can he outwit Vanity and save the girl from the cruel fate that Vanity plans for her?

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5 February 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The name of lead villainess Vanity Fair is from a city in John Bunyan's novel Pilgrim's Progress (1670s), and was later appropriated for the title of a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray in the 1840s as well as a 20th century fashion magazine. See more »

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Murder mystery set in a 1920's French château.
2 April 2003 | by tojo-1See all my reviews

This excellent murder mystery starring Malcolm McDowell and Eileen Atkins as the cruel and evil Vanity Fair, is a wonderful way to escape for a couple of hours. The story is based on the novel by Dornford Yates which in some respects is very different from the film version. Although keeping to the general sense and feel of the book, the film version actually is more exciting. Set in the Pryennes in the 1920's this film is full of lively performances and the good story and great scenery makes this story come to life. My only question is, why is it not available on video or DVD! Other stars include Micheal Jayston and Karen Dotrice (the little girl in Mary Poppins).

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