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 »
In the scenes on the hotel roof, a modern siren/ alarm /loudspeaker can be seen attached to the building (approx 1980s or later technology). 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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I don't remember this book. As I've said in other reviews, I haven't read the Christie books in many, many years.
In this version of "At Bertram's Hotel" from 2007, Miss Marple returns to a hotel she visited as a child and of which she has fond memories. She finds Bertram's Hotel remarkably unchanged. It's also filled with people, one of whom is known to Miss Marple, the pretty Lady Selina Hazy (Francesca Annis).
However, a maid, Tilly Rice (Hannah Spearritt) is found dead on the roof. Miss Marple gets her face right in it, and another maid, Jane Cooper (Martine McCutcheon), is interested in the case as well, as she is fascinated by detective work. Tilly, Jane Cooper says, had too many nice things for a maid, and she suspects that Tilly was blackmailing someone.
Then there is the attempted murder of a guest, Elvira Blake, and the man who tries to save her, Gorman, a hotel employee (Vincent Regan) is killed. Inspector Larry Bird is on the scene, but he's a little overwhelmed, not only by the case, but by Miss Cooper's beauty and intelligence. So it's up to the two Janes to solve the mystery.
This is a fairly complicated plot with lots of characters: twins, a young girl and their adventurer mother. along with a friend, Louis Armstrong, a jazz singer (who by the way isn't very good), a couple of Germans, and a weird man. I actually found the denouement quite interesting, and I have to admit I liked the ending. I thought it was sweet. So sue me.
It's important to remember that these movies are BASED on a novel by Agatha Christie, and that the Christie estate allowed the changes. I would be upset if I actually remembered the book, but I don't. I like Geraldine McEwan, though I don't think the Marple as portrayed is what Agatha Christie had in mind. But then, neither was the fabulous Margaret Rutherford.
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