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Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (1987)

During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.

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Mary McMurray

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Jill Hyem (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Caroline Blakiston ... Bess Sedgwick
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Elvira Blake
James Cossins ... Colonel Luscombe
Joan Greenwood ... Selina Hazy
George Baker ... Chief Inspector Fred Davy
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Canon Pennyfather
Irene Sutcliffe Irene Sutcliffe ... Miss Gorringe
Brian McGrath Brian McGrath ... Michael Gorman
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Henry
Robert Reynolds Robert Reynolds ... Ladislaus Malinowski
Peter Baldwin Peter Baldwin ... Mr. Humfries
Douglas Milvain Douglas Milvain ... Sir Ronald Graves
Philip Bretherton ... Det. Inspector Campbell
Edward Burnham ... Dr. Whittaker
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Storyline

Miss Jane Marple is staying at an elegant hotel from her childhood compliments of her nephew Raymond. Also there is international adventurer Bess Sedgwick and Lady Selena Hazy (Joan Greenwood in her next to last performance). A doorman working at the hotel turns out to be from Bess' past, and when he is killed, she is the prime suspect. But what does his murder have to do with the disappearance of an elderly vicar staying at the hotel, and a string of robberies over the last few months? Miss Marple must find out before the murderer strikes again!!! Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Language:

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Release Date:

25 January 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last TV role of Joan Greenwood. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector Fred Davy: You'll have to excuse me Miss Marple. I've got to go and see the chambermaid, Rose Sheldon.
Miss Jane Marple: Ah, now, you'd do well to talk to that young woman. I've trained quite a few maids in my time, but I've never seen a bob curtsey like that since the St. Mary Mead players put on a French farce.
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Connections

Follows Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Little Maids from School Are We
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by George Baker
A few bars are idly sung to himself while waiting
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Superior adaptation, very well performed and well made
26 March 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I haven't read the book for a long time, but I do remember finding it rather slow and somewhat unexciting. Maybe I am being unfair because I remembered getting chills from reading A Murder is Announced and Sleeping Murder, so maybe my expectations of the book were a little too high. This adaptation I think manages to be better than the book, and actually respects it while forgivably condensing it. Some parts are a little slow and the first twenty minutes take a bit of time to get going, but the acting and the filming compensated hugely. Bertram's Hotel is very well made, with beautiful photography, crisp editing and a very nice looking hotel. Above this the directing is detailed and the scripting is intelligent. Joan Hickson is once again wonderful as Miss Marple, and while starting off a little dull George Baker is amusing as Inspector Davy. Caroline Blakiston is delightful as Bess Sedgewick, while Helena Michell is suitably cold as Elvira and Joan Greenwood effective as Selina. Overall, a superior adaptation, that is well made and well performed. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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