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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Yeah, this is one of the...um...less true to the book adaptations. It pretty much only kept a thread of the original story. So, if you're looking for a faithful, to the minute adaption of the book, I would try the Joan Hickson one, which is by far the superior.
On the other hand, it looks LOVELY, and as I said, the music is gorgeous. Some people may find it a little over-powering, but I found that I could ignore it and concentrate on the action for the most part. The opening section is amazing. It gave me goosebumps.
Most of the additional characters are supremely silly and over the top, but there are some performances that work very well. However, the relationship between Bess and Elvira is changed considerably, and I had a hard time believing in it.
So, this is one of the ones to just sit back and let the music and style of it wash over you. The plot's a little fuzzy, and some bits are a tad confusing, but it looks and sounds almost magical. If you're a die-hard Christie fan, avoid like the plague, unless you want to be screaming at the telly for two hours. If not, watch and make your own opinion. This is mine.
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