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 the inspector and the maid are on the roof, the view is of the Houses of Parliament with St Paul's Cathedral behind and to the left, St Paul's is about two miles east of the Houses of Parliament. 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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While this is one of the most visually atmospheric and beautiful Marples ever, it is almost incredibly difficult to follow, particularly in its early, expository stretches. The reason is the booming, obtrusive scoring, so loud that the dialogue is very difficult to hear at all, much less make sense of. This has become a common fault of Granada productions. I do wish someone would have a few words with the sound mixer- something along the lines of, "People have to be able to hear the ruddy actors!" Things improve a bit towards the end, but in the earlier part of the film, prior knowledge of Christie's original novel is essential to an understanding of what's going on underneath all that booming, blasting, blaring music.
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