Rosemary Barton, the beautiful wife of a top attorney, dies during their anniversary party at an exclusive restaurant. Later a suicide note is found along with traces of cyanide in her drink, but murder cannot be ruled out.
Robert Michael Lewis
Based on Crooked House, a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd and Mead Company in March 1949, and published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 23 May of the same year.
In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.
Oliver Ford Davies,
An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.
Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. 'Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?' she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party, and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.
This UK television adaptation of Dame Agatha Christie's 1954 West End hit is a lot of fun and a great way to spend a stormy night. Equal parts mystery and comedy, it tells the story of house-wife Clarissa's trials and tribulations when an unexpected body turns up at exactly the wrong time (as if there's ever a RIGHT time!!)
TV fans will recognize the marvelous Penelope Keith from GOOD NEIGHBORS and TO THE MANOR BORN, and she is as fabulous as ever as the slightly muddled Clarissa.
The producers wisely elected to give the teleplay a cozy period setting and it would make a nice addition to any Christie collection if it were ever released commercially. Here's hoping.....
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