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The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie.
Set in 1920s London, a brutal and bloodthirsty murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily's dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew and King's Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC.
In 1923 in London Emily French, a glamorous and wealthy middle-aged widow picks up young waiter Leonard Vole and pays him to be her lover, to the disgust of her loyal housekeeper Janet McIntyre. When she is murdered Leonard, as the chief beneficiary in her will, is arrested but tells his solicitor John Mayhew that his common law wife, actress Romaine, can give him an alibi. John feels sorry for the youngster, who, like his dead son, fought in the trenches and brings in cynical barrister Sir Charles Carter to represent him. He is also captivated by Romaine and stunned when she refuses to support him, becoming instead a witness for the prosecution. As the trial progresses the evidence against Leonard mounts, largely due to Romaine's testimony. Then a mystery woman meets with John with information that will discredit her as a liar and a bigamist, which leads to Leonard's acquittal. Some years later John meets up with Leonard again and is in for a shock.
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