Miss Marple spends a holiday in a luxurious London hotel. The sinister atmosphere, the odd disappearance of a clergyman and the murder of the commissionaire moves her on the trail of a clever criminal gang.
Miss Marple finds herself on a bit of a holiday and staying at the very posh Bertram's Hotel, where she stayed as a child and for which she has very fond memories. Things take a sinister turn when a hotel maid, Tilly Rice, is found strangled on the roof. Miss Marple can't help but investigate but is assisted by Jane Cooper, also a hotel maid, who is in fact a younger version of Miss Marple. When an attempt is made on the life of a hotel guest, Elvira Blake the two Janes work together to find the motive and the identity of the killer.Written by
In the opening minutes, as Miss Marple stares in wonderment at the lobby of Bertram's Hotel, the manager is on the phone and says, "Uh, no, I'm afraid Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today." The line is from the 1934 Cole Porter song "Miss Otis Regrets" performed by many artists including Ella Fitzgerald and 'Nat 'King' Cole', and more recently by Bette Midler on the final episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). See more »
When Miss Marple enters the stairwell to try to get to the roof to see the first victim she somehow does not manage to see the two burly police officers until the camera has panned across to have them in frame, even though she should have seen them as soon as she opened the stairwell door..
She then meets a maid who fears her an alternate route to the scene of the crime, directly in front of the same police officers who should have had no problem hearing their plans. See more »
Inspector Larry Bird:
But the real reason for your stay is to design hats?
Ja. In Berlin now, there is no hat industry. But then, in Berlin now, there is no hats. And no industry.
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At Bertram's hotel was a very charming performance, showing a wide range of interesting characters followed by the classic inspector and "girl-who-tags-along" romance seen in "4:50 from Paddington". Although not all of the ITV Marples follow books more closely and the current Miss Marple not as serious as her predecessor, it makes the performance more interesting to watch to see what ITV thought best and how they think it should be done (but sometimes that can annoy you a bit). But I do agree that Miss Marple being more lighter and more "old lady" shall we say, makes a good contrast to the seriousness of the murders and the people that surround her. I do say though that the audio mix was a bit off and might have needed working on as sometimes I had to watch parts twice to hear some dialogue.
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