On his doctor's orders Poirot has gone to stay in the seaside resort of Brighton, where he is frequently mistaken for Lucky Len, who gives out money on behalf of a newspaper to people who recognize him. Poirot is staying at the Metropolitan hotel, as are Mr. Opalsen, a theatrical producer, and his wife who is an actress starring in a play at a local theatre. A set of valuable pearls which Mrs. Opalsen wears in the play is stolen from her room, and suspicion falls on her maid Celestine, who was in the room next door. Celestine loves Andrew, the impoverished young author of Mrs. Opalsen's play but they cannot afford to get married and she is accused of taking the jewels to finance their marriage. Poirot solves the case and unmasks the real culprit, being rewarded by Opalsen and getting a bonus when he identifies the real Lucky Len.Written by
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Ladies and gentlemen. When the Russian actress and dancer Natalya Dolzhenko made Salomé in 1908, she wore a necklace made of magnificent pearls given to her by the czar. Last week, at an auction in Paris, I paid three hundred thousand francs for that same pearl necklace. My wife is going to show it to you now.
[Margaret Opalsen steps up onto the stage and removes her stole, revealing the necklace]
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, our new play premières here, at your beautiful ...
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Hercule Poirot is suffering from fatigue so his doctor recommends he leave London and have a holiday. Him and Hastings go to Brighton, staying in the Grand Metropolitan Hotel. In a nearby room are Ed Opalson, a highly successful play producer, and his wife, Margaret. Mr Opalson's latest play is showing in Brighton and one of the features of it is that his wife gets act in it while wearing a very expensive, and world-famous, set of pearls. Mr Opalson has used the pearls to publicize his play. Then, during the party after the play, the pearls are stolen from the Opalsons' hotel room.
A Poirot/Agatha Christie rarity in that nobody is murdered. The crime here is a robbery, and that only. Quite short too. After the non- murder novelty has worn off, however, the story is overly simple, and not that difficult to solve. Yes, there are a few red herrings but it is pretty straightforward stuff.
On the plus side, we do have the whole gang - Poirot, Japp, Hastings and Lemon - in this episode.
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