Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington 1987

     Based on a novel by Agatha Christie published in 1957.  Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy is a friend of Jane Marple and she is coming to visit Jane for Christmas.  Her train passes another train running parallel and she witnesses a woman being strangled.  Of course, Elspeth is very upset and she reports it to a ticket taker but he doesn’t believe her!!  Miss Marple believes her without a shadow of a doubt and they check to find out where the trains passed each other.  There is a large estate known as Rutherford Hall near this location.  Miss Marple contacts her niece Lucy Eyesbarrow and she is a professional housekeeper.  The Crackenthorpe’s, the current owners of the Hall, hire Lucy and she goes undercover to try to locate the dead woman’s body.
     I love the names of the characters in this film.  There is a LOT of mystery and who-done-it about this film too.  Tiny clues make a big difference in obtaining a solution to the puzzle.  Lucy is close to being a housekeeping robot, she thrives on hard work and efficiency.  She also a good cook and that is a big help too.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

110 min, TV Movie, Crime directed by Martyn Friend with Joan HIckson, Juliette Mole, David Beames, Mona Bruce, Nicholas Blane, Katy Jarrett, Leslie Adams, David Horovitch, Ian Brimble, Rhoda Lewis, Jill Meager.

Note:  Imdb 7.6 out of 10, Amazon 4.9* out of 5* with 60 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Somerset and London, England.

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