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The Moonstone 

| Drama | TV Series (1972)
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A priceless jewel, originally plundered from a Hindu shrine, is presented to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday. The jewel goes missing and suspicion falls over the household, threatening to destroy someone close to Rachel's heart.
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Series cast summary:
Vivien Heilbron Vivien Heilbron ...  Rachel Verinder 5 episodes, 1972
Robin Ellis ...  Franklin Blake 5 episodes, 1972
Basil Dignam ...  Gabriel Betteredge 5 episodes, 1972
Martin Jarvis ...  Godfrey Ablewhite 4 episodes, 1972
Anna Cropper ...  Rosanna Spearman 4 episodes, 1972
Maureen Morris Maureen Morris ...  Penelope Betteredge 4 episodes, 1972
Madhav Sharma Madhav Sharma ...  Indian 4 episodes, 1972
Kathleen Byron ...  Lady Verinder 3 episodes, 1972
Peter Sallis ...  Mr. Bruff 3 episodes, 1972
John Welsh ...  Sergeant Cuff 3 episodes, 1972
Bell McCallum Bell McCallum ...  Nancy 3 episodes, 1972
Brian Murphy ...  Septimus Luker 3 episodes, 1972
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A priceless jewel, originally plundered from a Hindu shrine, is presented to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday. The jewel goes missing and suspicion falls over the household, threatening to destroy someone close to Rachel's heart.

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English

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10 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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(5 parts)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Smeared Paint
17 May 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

In its form as a book, this is one of the most intriguing in the world. It is credited as being the first detective novel. I think it was. Surely, it wasn't the first detective story, but a novel is a special sort of narrative that by definition includes some examination of itself. It is a high form of art.

In the book, you can see this experiment with different viewpoints, different truths. Its a shifting sand, a hidden box, a watchful god without an eye, a smeared picture and it contains all those things.

In this production, its rendered as a mere story, with one simple narrative stance. All the thrill is gone. Its now a simple story and the viewer will wonder why anyone cared. It has poor production values in all respects except the costumes, which alone for many people will carry the day.

You still have the fold of "re-enactment," which matters though dimly. You still have the Indian watchers, and the hints that the moonstone is an eye. But everything else is so bollixed up that it simply seems to be a high school play of a musical but without the music.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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