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Dead Man's Mirror 

An obnoxious man who outbid Poirot at an auction for an antique mirror is murdered after seeking Poirot's assistance to look into the dealings of his business associate.

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Brian Farnham

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (dramatisation)
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Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Iain Cuthbertson ... Gervase Chevenix
Emma Fielding ... Ruth Chevenix
Fiona Walker ... Miss Lingard
Zena Walker ... Vanda Chevenix
Richard Lintern ... John Lake
Jeremy Northam ... Hugo Trent
Tushka Bergen ... Susan Cardwell (as Tushika Bergen)
James Greene ... Snell
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Lawrence
John Rolfe ... Registrar
Derek Smee ... Auctioneer
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Poirot is outbid at an auction for an antique mirror by the dislikeable Gervais Chevenix, who requests Poirot's attendance at his country home as he believes he is being defrauded by a business associate, John Lake. Poirot arrives at the Chevenix house with Hastings and meets Chevenix's wife Vanda, an eccentric who believes in reincarnation and predicts a death in the household, his adopted daughter Ruth and her cousin Hugo,a struggling manufacturer of tubular steel furniture, who will inherit Chevenix's money if they marry and Miss Lingard, a secretary helping Chevenix research a book he is writing. Hugo is engaged to Susan and Ruth has already married Lake in secret. As the household are dressing for dinner, the butler sounds the gong to summon them, and then a shot rings out. Vanda's prophecy has come true and her husband has been murdered. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1993 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)

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Color
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[first lines]
Auctioneer: Ladies and gentlemen, lot 22. An Esker Brant wrought iron wall mirror and console table. I shall open the bidding at thirty pounds. Do I see thirty pounds? Thirty pounds.
Captain Hastings: This what you came for, Poirot?
Hercule Poirot: Yes, it is, Hastings; I thought for the vestibule, you know, by the door.
Auctioneer: Forty pounds.
Captain Hastings: How high will you go?
Hercule Poirot: Ninety pounds.
Auctioneer: Fifty pounds.
Hercule Poirot: It will be enough.
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Great mystery would be better in a full length movie
24 February 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Dead Man's Mirror" is too complex a plot to cover well in a 50-minute film. This great mystery needed a full-length movie to do more justice to the number of interesting characters. Still, it's a tremendous story in the Agatha Christie tradition. Both Captain Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp accompany Poirot on his sleuthing - although no one else really has a clue (including we of the audience) until right at the end.

This is another mystery that has some of the occult in the plot. It strikes one as funny that in such films, the background music takes on a distinctive eerie sound. I suppose it's the Hollywood effect of trying to build buy-in to the occult notion. All that would be to raise speculation as to what mysterious forces might be at work. For most viewers though, such nonsense immediately smells of a red herring. That's okay - it's all part of the fun.

At one point, Poirot says, "Poirot interests himself always in matters of the occult." One wonders how many people thus might think that Poirot or Agatha Christie (or both) believe in the superstitions of the occult. Rather, Poirot knows of the power that belief in sorcery and such can hold over a person's sanity and senses. Again, for the movies it's all fun and adds to the story, if only with distraction.

Here is a favorite exchange of dialog from this film.

Captain Hastings, "Oh, I take it you'll refuse?" Hercule Poirot, "To refuse, yes, it is my first instinct. But you know, Hastings, a man with so much arrogance as this - even he may be vulnerable in ways he cannot see." Hastings, "And, he did offer you that mirror." Poirot, "That too." Hastings, "I'll get the tickets tomorrow."


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