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.
One of the two Doberman Pinschers (Dobermans) in the den/library has cropped ears. In England it Has been illegal to crop the ears of a dog for at least 100 years. See more »
Although the movie takes place in late 1957, Charles Hayward (Max Irons) goes to the local cinema, sits down and is seen watching a newsreel. Incorrectly all of the cinema's house lights are switched on at 100% light output. During the projection of all of the advertising slides, the cinema's house lights are always switched on at 100% light output. However when projecting motion picture films i.e. whilst screening the newsreel and the feature film(s), the cinema's house lights are always switched completely off. 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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