In this classic Agatha Christie detective story, former diplomat Charles Hayward has returned from Cairo to London to become a private detective. When Aristide Leonides, a wealthy and ruthless tycoon, is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Hayward is invited to solve the crime. As the investigation deepens he must confront the shocking realization that one of the key suspects is Aristede's beautiful granddaughter, his employer and former lover; and must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family.
Josephine tells Charles that she is reading "Salome" and gives him a short synopsis of the story. Glenn Close (Lady Edith) famously played Norma Desmond in the musical version of "Sunset Boulevard" - twice - in which Norma has written an overly long screenplay adaptation of "Salome". See more »
(At 01:35:09) The police puts the mug in a plastic bag as evidence, next shot shows Nanny and part of the mug is still visible on the floor. See more »
Death of a legend. It is with sorrow that the country learned this week of the death of Aristide Leonides. Born in 1871, he arrived from Greece, aged 23, without a penny in his pocket, and opened his first restaurant that same year. The first hotel was ready for business not long after. His first wife, Lady Marcia de Haviland, died young. But Mr. Leonides wasn't alone at the end. He is survived by his young and lovely American widow, Brenda. Here is Mr. Leonides with his eldest ...
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What I love about Agatha Christie novels is that under the elegance is always a dark secret. I read Crooked House many years ago, and I loved this adaptation. The scenes are beautifully set in the family's manor house and 50's London. The cast, from Glenn Close as the family matriarch to Max Irons, who does a great job as the young detective with an old soul, is excellent. They manage to make each character its own mystery, which contributes to the suspense as you try to figure out who the murderer is. The style makes it both typical of Christie and reminiscent of film noir, with a touch of Downton Abbey.
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