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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 Maurice Denham ... Luther Crackenthorpe
Andrew Burt 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1987 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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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Follows Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985) See more »

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Not my favourite of the Hickson adaptations, but still very well done
23 December 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I really like the book, it is very clever and the characters are memorable, and as far as the Geraldine McEwan while not perfect by all means was one of the better ones, at least in my opinion. This version is superior though, and is very well done not only as an adaptation but on its own merits. I will say my only real problem with this film was the pacing. While not as sluggish as They Do it With Mirrors, for me this is one of the slower moving Hickson-Marple adaptations. However, so much compensates. 4:50 From Paddington is rather slow and perhaps a tad too long as well, but it still has the clever story and memorable characters. As usual, the production values are wonderful, and the music is very atmospheric here. The dialogue is well written, the story is easy to follow and I loved the build-up to the finding of the body which was genuinely creepy. The direction is solid and the cast is excellent. Miss Marple doesn't have as much to do here, but Joan Hickson still plays her marvellously, and I was very impressed with Joanna David. Overall, while not a favourite I do recommend 4:50 From Paddington. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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