Emily Boynton, step-mother to the three Boynton children and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot meets up with a woman friend, Dr. King who falls in love with Raymond Boynton to Emily's disapproval. Lady Westholme, her secretary and Cope are following them too. The children discover about the second will and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest up the wrong way causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, everybody wonders about the camp and Emily is found dead... poisoned. Poirot investigates...
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Did You Know?
As with the source novel, this movie evoked Dame Agatha Christie
's relationship with archaeological husband Max Mallowan as the desert regions, in which the movie and novel are set, are evocative of archaeological digs. Filming location Qumran in the Dead Sea is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. See more
The movie is set in 1937, ten years before the discovery of Qumran where the assassination occurs. See more
People like to talk, and in doing so they tell the truth. It puts less of a strain on the memory.
Follows Dead Man's Folly
Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay
Music by Henry J. Sayers
Arranged by Frank Barber See more