On his doctor's orders Poirot has gone to stay in the seaside resort of Brighton, where he is frequently mistaken for Lucky Len, who gives out money on behalf of a newspaper to people who recognize him. Poirot is staying at the Metropolitan hotel, as are Mr. Opalsen, a theatrical producer, and his wife who is an actress starring in a play at a local theatre. A set of valuable pearls which Mrs. Opalsen wears in the play is stolen from her room, and suspicion falls on her maid Celestine, who was in the room next door. Celestine loves Andrew, the impoverished young author of Mrs. Opalsen's play but they cannot afford to get married and she is accused of taking the jewels to finance their marriage. Poirot solves the case and unmasks the real culprit, being rewarded by Opalsen and getting a bonus when he identifies the real Lucky Len.Written by
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Ladies and gentlemen. When the Russian actress and dancer Natalya Dolzhenko made Salomé in 1908, she wore a necklace made of magnificent pearls given to her by the czar. Last week, at an auction in Paris, I paid three hundred thousand francs for that same pearl necklace. My wife is going to show it to you now.
[Margaret Opalsen steps up onto the stage and removes her stole, revealing the necklace]
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, our new play premières here, at your beautiful ...
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In this episode of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's super sleuth is on doctor's orders to relax for a couple of weeks. His case load has been wearing him down. But, we viewers all know that keeping Poirot down is like trying to tie down a greased pig. He would appreciate such a metaphor.
Well, with Captain Hastings, Poirot visits a coastal area along the British Riviera. But when the famous pearls of a theater director go missing, Poirot is there to solve the crime. All of his frequent companions are in this segment. An added comedic sidetrack in this episode has people identifying Poirot as the character in a newspaper contest.
This story is taking place in the late 1930s. So, it seems strange that the theater producer, Ed Opalsen (played by Trevor Cooper) would wish his wife, "good luck," as she goes on stage. By the early 1920s, the acting profession didn't say that, but instead wished a performer well by saying, "Break a leg."
Here are some favorite lines from the story.
Hercule Poirot, "This holiday, Hastings, already I begin to have second thoughts."
Margaret Opalsen, "I bet you guessed who'd stolen the pearls by the second interval, Monsieur Poirot." Hercule Poirot, "Not at all, madam. It was a question that ceased to occupy my mind long before the very first."
Miss Lemon, "I thought this was meant to be a holiday, Captain Hastings. I'll talk to you later."
Hercule Poirot, seeing a familiar face, goes over to the man and says, "You are Lucky Len of the Daily Echo, and I claim my 10 guineas." Lucky Len, "You're right. I was Lucky Len. But I'm sorry. I got fired this morning." Hercule Poirot, "Fired? Why?" Lucky Len, "Too many people were recognizing me. The paper decided it must be my face. It's too common." He looks much like Poirot, especially with an identical mustache. Poirot, frowning, says, "Common?" Lucky Len, "That's what they say. Bit of a cheek, if you ask me. But, there you are." Poirot, "They are wrong, mon ami. You have a face that is most distinguished. You have no need to work for this newspaper. You have a face of a great man." Lucky Len, "You think so?" Hercule Poirot, "Oh yes. I know it."
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