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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987)

Miss Marple: 4.50 from Paddington (original title)
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.

Director:

Martyn Friend

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), T.R. Bowen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Jane Marple
Juliette Mole Juliette Mole ... Anna Stravinska
David Beames David Beames ... Bryan Eastley
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Mrs. McGillicuddy
Nicholas Blane ... Paddington Porter
Katy Jarrett Katy Jarrett ... Mary
Leslie Adams Leslie Adams ... Desk Sergeant
David Horovitch ... Detective Inspector Slack
Ian Brimble ... Detective Sergeant Lake
Rhoda Lewis ... Mrs. Brogan
Jill Meager Jill Meager ... Lucy Eyelesbarrow
Joanna David ... Emma Crackenthorpe
Maurice Denham ... Luther Crackenthorpe
Andrew Burt ... Dr. John Quimper
Pamela Pitchford Pamela Pitchford ... Mrs. Kidder
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Storyline

When Miss Marple's visiting friend sees a woman being strangled on a passing train, they immediately report it to the police. Inspector Slack sees Miss Marple as a bit of a busy body and drops the investigation after only a few days. Miss Marple however determines that there is only one spot along the line where a body could have been dumped and it happens to be very near the Crackenthorpe estate. She asks a professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go there undercover as a domestic. She soon finds the dead woman's body at which time the police take on a renewed interest but it is left to Miss Marple to solve the mystery. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Joan Hickson was in an adaptation of this story in 1961 called Murder She Said (1961), Margaret Rutherford played Miss Marple and Hickson played Mrs. Kidder. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Quimper takes the old man's blood pressure near the end of the movie, he doesn't have the stethoscope earpieces in his ears. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: But of course you must go on searching, Inspector! Now you might say that Elspeth is not a sophisticated person, but, I assure you, she has both feet firmly on the ground. She saw what she saw!
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Fair but a bit plodding
15 September 2008 | by gridoon2021See all my reviews

This is my first experience with Joan Hickson as Agatha Christie's second most famous sleuth, Miss Marple, so I will refrain from making any strong judgements on her portrayal yet (after all, she doesn't really get THAT much screen time here, as Lucy Eyelesbarrow and the two police inspectors have at least equal, if not bigger in Lucy's case, parts). As for the film itself, I found it fair but a bit plodding. The script and direction hold your attention without ever really cranking up the suspense, and the performances are perfectly fine without being outstanding. It's a film that gets the job done, but rarely (as in a moment where the first victim's boss recollects her past) goes above that level. Fans of grand old English country houses will get an eyeful, in any case. (**1/2)


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 February 1987 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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