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The Spider's Web (1960)

When an intruder is killed in her house, the comfortable life of Clarissa Hailsham-Browne is turned upside-down.


Godfrey Grayson


Agatha Christie (play), Eldon Howard | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Glynis Johns ... Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
John Justin ... Henry Hailsham-Brown
Jack Hulbert ... Sir Rowland Delahaye
Cicely Courtneidge ... Miss Peake
Ronald Howard ... Jeremy
David Nixon David Nixon ... Elgin
Wendy Turner Wendy Turner ... Pippa
Basil Dignam ... Hugo
Joan Sterndale-Bennett Joan Sterndale-Bennett ... Mrs. Elgin
Ferdy Mayne ... Oliver
Peter Butterworth ... Insp. Lord
Anton Rodgers ... Sgt. Jones
Robert Raglan ... Dr. Berry
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When an intruder is killed in her house, the comfortable life of Clarissa Hailsham-Browne is turned upside-down.

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Don't tell your friends the ending ... They won't believe it!!!




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First screened in 1961 to British cinemas as a second feature. It was later screened on American television as an episode of Kraft Mystery Theater (1959). See more »


Remake of Spider's Web (1955) See more »

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Always a Pleasure To See Miss Johns
20 February 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Glynis Johns is the sort of sweet but vague woman who calls everyone 'darling'. So when a dead man turns up behind the couch, she calls her houseguests and has them move the body into the secret passage in the house.

It's based on one of Agatha Christie's lesser known stage plays. Like most of her writing, it is marvelously plotted, but indifferently written. It relies on a fine cast to bring this murder mystery to life, including Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Ronald Howard, Ferdy Mayne, and Peter Butterworth as the befuddled inspector.

It's been opened up slightly from the stage play, resulting in a four-set movie.

Sometimes it seems as if makers of mystery movies have two choices: they can make a good mystery or they can make a good movie. This one is enlivened by a fine cast, but not enough to make it more than an indifferent programmer.

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November 1960 (UK) See more »

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Das Spinngewebe See more »

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