Christian Gilbranson (John Woodvine), Miss Jane Marple's (Helen Hayes') lawyer, persuades her to visit the baronial estate of his stepmother, Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis), an old friend of Marple's. Carrie Louise's devoted husband Lewis (Sir John Mills) has turned the manor house into a halfway house for young men with criminal records, and has hopes of expanding the facilities. He confides to Miss Jane Marple that he suspects that someone is slowly poisoning Carrie Louise with arsenic. One of the young charges, Edgar Lawson (Tim Roth), claims to be Lewis' illegitimate child and wants his alleged father to acknowledge him. While they are arguing behind closed doors, a gun is discharged, and the visiting Gilbranson is found murdered in another room. It is up to Miss Jane Marple to aid crusty Inspector Curry (Leo McKern) discover the murderer's and poisoner's identities.
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Similar to the experience Celeste Holme had with Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950), Helen Hayes on the set said "Good Morning" to Davis, which Bette completely ignored. Again, a second time with a gathering of some of the cast, Helen once again attempted to say "Hello", but slightly waving to Davis, to Which Bette snapped "What was that for ?" Helen said, "Oh, I was saying good morning to you", to which Bette snapped back, "You already did that!' See more