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Miss Marple: The Moving Finger 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (1985)
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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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 ...  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 »

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Miss Marple: The Moving Finger See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoxne, Suffolk, England, UK See more »

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Mono

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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

Just before the meeting of the maid and her boyfriend on the bridge, there is a view of Willie Lott's cottage in Suffolk, famous because it appears in John Constable's 1821 painting The Hay Wain. See more »

Goofs

The corpse of Mrs Symmington blinks while the doctor is examining her. See more »

Quotes

Gerry Burton: [Trying to get a loose end cleared up] But WHY did she?
Superintendent Nash: Ask Miss Marple. She usually has the right answers.
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Followed by Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985) See more »

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Minor Marple Mystery
5 October 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

Not one of the best entries in the Joan Hickson - Miss Marple series. For one thing, the story is not one of Agatha Christie's strongest; I admit that the identity of the killer caught me by surprise, but in retrospect that happened because the script makes his/her motive almost completely obscure. For another thing, with the exception of 1 or 2 well-done atmospheric scenes (like the discovery of the second body), the film flirts dangerously with dullness. And for yet another thing, although the cast is adequate (it's surprising that Deborah Appleby's career went nowhere after this, because she is indeed - as her character is described by someone else - "a breath of fresh air"), nobody really creates a character as memorable as, say, Selina Cadell's Miss Dove in "A Pocketfull Of Rye". OK for one viewing. (**1/2)


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