A talented American actress enlists the help of the famed Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, to negotiate a divorce from her husband, Lord Edgware, only to find him the next day stabbed to death in his library. Who would want him dead?
Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is. Could it be one of them?
Dr Calgary returns home from an expedition and goes looking for a hitchhiker whom he gave a lift to two years previously in order to return the man's address book. He discovers the man has been executed for his mother's murder.
In September 1938 a British detective comes to a small French coastal town in order to investigate the death of a colleague. Prime suspects are the members of English aristocratic family ... See full summary »
Carlo Aldini and Eve Gray find themselves at loose ends and decide to liven it up by forming a partnership to look into mysteries. They settle on Elfriede Borodin, who has disappeared. They stir the pot using personal ads in newspapers. The respondents lead them in several directions at once.... and into a nest of spies looking for a missing document.
It's based on Agatha Christie's second novel, THE SECRET ADVERSARY, and it's a nicely plotted thriller. Mrs. Christie was trying out new teams, and this one was Tommy & Tuppence -- changed, for some unclear reason in this German movie to a French couple. There are a couple of interesting thrill sequences, but this movie shows its age in the thriller department, but actually caring what everyone is actually looking for, instead of concentrating on the budding romance of the movie's two lead. Even though it's not a great movie, it's certainly a well made example of the genre and just right for something for Dame Agatha to have crafted -- she was great at plot construction, but struggled to put an interesting sentence or character together. Just right for a late silent programmer!
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