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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.

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

Joan Hickson was in an adaptation of this story in 1963 called Murder She Said, 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 »

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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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Follows Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye (1985) See more »

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Missed Train
13 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Marple stories - many of them - are lessons in narrative placement. We start with the basic notion of the mystery narrator shuffling through multiple created realities looking for what makes sense. Marple turns that into the clever notion of detection as gossip: the constructed realities of small town busybodies imposing a simple order on what they hear.

Read this story and see how wonderfully it plays this intelligent game. Now watch this movie version and see how it completely loses this neat idea.

Instead, they follow the BBC rule of exploiting interesting faces and spaces. Lucy IS lovely, but the magic of the mystery is long gone.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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