The British Prime Minister's car is attacked by a band of thugs. He manages to escape with minor injuries but a few days later he is kidnapped. The British government are desperate for the PM to be found quickly - he is due to attend an important conference. Upon the recommendation of Chief Inspector Japp, they call in Hercule Poirot.Written by
Frustrated bureaucrats wait as Poirot follows clues they don't see
Politics are at the heart of this mystery, and kidnapping is the crime that Hercule Poirot is called on to solve. "The Kidnapped Prime Minister" is up to the standards of intrigue that Agatha Christie so masterfully wove into her mysteries. With her Belgian detective, Poirot, she created the world's greatest detective. While some may argue that point, few would argue that Hercule Poirot is the most entertaining detective in history, as David Suchet presents him on British TV and in films.
Poirot spends much time with his grey cells in this film, much to the consternation of Sir Bernard Dodge (Ronald Hines) and others. But in the end, it all pays off as he solves the case.
This TV episode had several notable lines of dialog. Here are some favorites.
Hercule Poirot, "Mr. Fingler is an artist, Hastings. And like all artists, he must be treated with a firm hand."
Poirot, "Madam, how would you describe the politics of your ex-husband?" Mrs. Daniels, "Torpid. He never had a political thought in his life."
Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson), "But, what if Mrs. Daniels doesn't leave?" Poirot, "Oh, she will have left already, chief inspector, or I am the Dutchman."
Japp, hanging up the telephone, "They've arrested a vagrant in some un-pronounceable village." Poirot, "A vagrant? Suspected of attacking the prime minister?" Japp, "When in doubt, arrest a vagrant. They'll let him go again."
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