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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (original title)
Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

Director:

Julian Amyes

Writer:

T.R. Bowen (dramatised by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Paul Eddington ... Reverend Leonard Clement
Cheryl Campbell ... Griselda Clement
Robert Lang ... Colonel Lucius Protheroe
Polly Adams ... Ann Protheroe
Tara MacGowran ... Lettice Protheroe
James Hazeldine ... Lawrence Redding
Christopher Good ... Christopher Hawes
Norma West ... Mrs. Lestrange
Michael Browning ... Dr. Haydock
David Horovitch ... Det. Inspector Slack
Ian Brimble ... Det. Sergeant Lake
Jack Galloway ... Bill Archer
Rachel Weaver ... Mary Wright
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Price-Ridley
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Storyline

When a despised magistrate is found shot to death in the library of the local vicarage, his wife and her lover, a portrait painter living on the church grounds, both confess to the crime. Miss Marple's keen powers of observation clear both of them of the crime, but other suspects abound. Included are the murdered man's daughter, who posed for the artist, a neurotic cleric who's embezzled church funds, the local doctor, an ex-convict who poached on the magistrate's land, and a missionary's enigmatic widow who argued with him the day before he was killed. An exasperated Inspector Slack must reluctantly accept help from the analytical Miss Marple. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

French title: L'affaire Protheroe. See more »

Goofs

This seems to be set in the spring of 1955 or 1956. When the parishioners are coming to church late in the second part, they arrive to Albinoni's Adagio even though this wasn't published until 1958. See more »

Quotes

Miss Marple: I first came across Inspector Slack over that dreadful business at Gossington Hall. He is rather like these diesel engines that are now appearing all over our railways: most unappealing, but, I am told, efficient.
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Crazy Credits

Robert Lang (Colonel Lucius Protheroe) was omitted from the closing credits even though his name appeared in the opening titles and he played a significant role in the opening scenes before his character was murdered. See more »

Connections

Followed by Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989) See more »

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vicar doesn't know his scriptures
29 January 2018 | by rekcilorfSee all my reviews

When Mrs. LaStrange first attends services, the vicar asks if she is just there "for the season", to which she said, "Well, to everything there is a season". The vicar replies, "Oh yes, "Proverbs'". No, that quote is from the Book of Ecclesiastes. One would think vicar would know that. BTW, this exchange does not appear in the novel.

Also, Mr. Dawes, the curate, is described to be a Jesuit. Why would what appears to be a Presbyterian church employ a Catholic priest? The curate is in the novel, but is never referred to as a Jesuit.


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Release Date:

25 December 1986 (UK) See more »

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