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Miss Marple: The Moving Finger 

The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three takes her own life, following such a letter, Ms. Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...  Miss Marple 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Culver ...  Edward Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Elizabeth Counsell ...  Angela Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Deborah Appleby Deborah Appleby ...  Megan Hunter 2 episodes, 1985
Lucy Gleeson Lucy Gleeson ...  Robert Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Stuart Mansfield Stuart Mansfield ...  James Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Andrew Bicknell ...  Gerry Burton 2 episodes, 1985
Sabina Franklyn ...  Joanna Burton 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Pearson ...  Mr. Pye 2 episodes, 1985
Hilary Mason ...  Emily Barton 2 episodes, 1985
Dilys Hamlett ...  Maud Calthrop 2 episodes, 1985
John Arnatt ...  Rev. Guy Calthrop 2 episodes, 1985
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Eryl Griffith 2 episodes, 1985
Martin Fisk Martin Fisk ...  Owen Griffith 2 episodes, 1985
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ...  Partridge 2 episodes, 1985
Juliet Waley Juliet Waley ...  Beatrice 2 episodes, 1985
Imogen Bickford-Smith Imogen Bickford-Smith ...  Elsie Holland 2 episodes, 1985
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ...  Coroner 2 episodes, 1985
Geoffrey Davion Geoffrey Davion ...  Police Superintendent Nash 2 episodes, 1985
Ninka Scott Ninka Scott ...  Miss Ginch 2 episodes, 1985
Patsy Smart ...  Mrs. Cleat 2 episodes, 1985
Gordon Rollings ...  Mr. Cleat 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Waterman Michael Waterman ...  George Ellis 2 episodes, 1985
Roger Ostime Roger Ostime ...  Detective Inspector Crawford 2 episodes, 1985
Victor Maddern ...  P.C. Johnson 2 episodes, 1985
Catherine Owen Catherine Owen ...  Rose 2 episodes, 1985
Carol Gleeson Carol Gleeson ...  Contralto 2 episodes, 1985
John Keenan John Keenan ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1985
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Storyline

Her old friend Maude Calthrop, wife of the village vicar, summons Miss Marple when several of the local residents receive a poison pen letter. All of the recipients thus far are men and all are accused of some act of moral turpitude. When the local solicitor's wife, Angela Symington, is found dead with a poison pen letter at her side, the coroner rules that she took her own life. Not surprisingly, Jane Marple disagrees and is convinced it was murder. When a second villager is killed, it appears Miss Marple is correct. She also deduces the real purpose of the letters. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Release Date:

21 February 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Part 1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoxne, Suffolk, England, UK See more »

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Mono

Color:

Black and White (still photographs: of Gerry Burton's and Megan Hunter's trip to London)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was filmmaker Roy Boulting's final project. See more »

Goofs

After Mr. Pye pours out sherry for his guests, the carafe is seen to be almost empty. On refilling their glasses a short while later the carafe appears half full. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: When gentlemen of a certain age fall in love, they get the disease very badly.
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Connections

Followed by Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1992) See more »

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Joan Hickson is THE definitive Miss Marple
24 August 2006 | by jbpvdriSee all my reviews

I couldn't agree more with Mike. My local PBS station here in the US is currently broadcasting the new Miss Marple series one evening a week, while showing the original Joan Hickson Miss Marple as a daily series at 1:00 PM. There is NO comparison. Even Agatha Christie, some years before her own death, predicted that Joan Hickson would be the perfect Miss Marple. She knew her character, and the right actress to play her. The new series struggles far too hard to be "trendy" and puts far too much present-day "politial correctness" into the plots. Geraldine McEwan's Miss Marple has become nearly as much a caricature as Margaret Rutherford's movie portrayal.

Jim.


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