When Whicher offers to help a country lady find her niece, he's drawn into a disturbing case of murder which brings him up against wealthy and powerful figures and throws him into conflict with his former police colleagues.
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 place a ceramic mug into a plastic bag as evidence. However in 1957 a Police Evidence Bags were all made of paper, therefore a Police Evidence Tamper Proof Security Envelope should have been used. 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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The Queen of Crime's CROOKED HOUSE - 1st film Adaptation
Agatha Christie's this detective fiction first published in 1949 and this is its first film adaptation. Haven't read the original novel yet, so can't tell how well they have adapted it here but found it pretty entertaining with great production value and great cast including Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson (couldn't recognize her first!), Glenn Close, Terence Stamp and Julian Sands. May be because it wasn't one of her popular Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple stories, there wasn't much charms of solving the mystery with clue by clue. Still it was enjoyable as it also offered one of her signature & most engaging mystery format...a gorgeous mansion of a wealthy Britt family and the house full of suspicious characters who each may got his/her own motive for the murder(s) and of course, with a nice surprise at the final revelation; particularly this story came with a real shocker!
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