What Mystery?


Can someone please tell me if this was based on one of Agatha's published mystery novels? If so, which one? Thank you.

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It has connections with "After the Funeral". Very loose connections!

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Very very very very loose connections!

After The Funeral is a Poirot novel (televised recently with David Suchet). There's no obvious horse content in ATF either ...

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Of the four Rutherford/Marple films, only one, MURDER SHE SAID, was based on a Miss Marple novel (4:50 FROM PADDINGTON), two (MURDER AT THE GALLOP and MURDER MOST FOUL) were loosely based on Poirotnovels (AFTER THE FUNERAL/FUNERALS ARE FATAL and MRS. MCGINTY'S DEAD), and the 4th, MURDER AHOY, was an original screenplay not based on an Agatha Christie novel. Dame Agatha's disappointment with these films is legendary (just imagine what she'd think of the new Marple films with Geraldine McEwan!).

"I don't use a pen: I write with a goose quill dipped in venom!"---W. Lydecker

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I'm completely in sympathy with Dame Agatha. Less of a whodunit, more of a whocareswhodunit. The plot was that interesting combination of thin and confusing.

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Hello Harold Robbins.
Thank you for doing the detective work for me, as to where the Rutherford-Miss Marple movies have their origin.
I fully agree with you about Rutherfords style, and also McEwans mismanegement of the part. I find Joan Hickson is MM.
But how do you like McKenzie's Miss Marple? I mean after McEwans, anything is better.
JJ

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I agree that Joan Hickson is the definitive Miss Marple. Nobody else even comes close. Also, the Hickson adaptations have the best scripts and stay as close to the original Christie stories as one could expect.

I don't think McEwan was the problem so much as the ridiculous scripts done for the adaptations in which she appeared. McKenzie does as well as could be expected given the scripts of these abominations. I don't mind some deviation from the source material if there is a logical reason for it, but in these new adaptations, they are just totally ridiculous.

The Rutherford films were not Agatha Christie but they were great fun and while Rutherford is nothing like Christie's Miss Marple, she is always a delight to watch.

I thought Helen Hayes did a fairly good job as Miss Marple in those television versions she did.

I also enjoyed Angela Lansbury's Miss Marple in her one outing in the role even though the film itself was not as good as it should have been given the talent involved.

Years before it happened, Agatha Christie told Joan Hickson that she wanted Hickson to someday play Miss Marple and thankfully for us, that wish came true.

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Well, after Joan Hickson anybody would be found wanting but McEwan was so unbelievably wrong it was outrageous.
Hickson was helped by the adaptors of the books who were first class at fitting everything nicely into an hour.
McEwan had a bad script,overweight celebrity casts and appalling directors.

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The late Geraldine McEwan was a fine actress but the scripts and tone were to blame.

Its that man again!!

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