#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The year is 1953. The small English village of St. Mary Mead, home to Miss Jane Marple (Dame Angela Lansbury), is delighted when a big American movie company arrives to make a movie telling of the relationship between Jane Grey and Elisabeth I, starring the famous actresses Marina Rudd (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) and Lola Brewster (Kim Novak). Marina arrives with her husband, Jason (Rock Hudson), and when she discovers that Lola is going to be in the movie with her, she hits the roof as Lola and Marina loathe each other on sight. Marina has been getting death threats, and at a party at the manor house, Heather Babcock (Maureen Bennett), after boring Marina with a long story, drinks a cocktail made for Marina, and dies from poisoning. Everybody believes that Marina is the target, but the Police Officer investigating the case, Chief Inspector Dermot Craddock (Edward Fox) isn’t sure, so he asks Miss Jane Marple, his aunt, to investigate.
Plot: Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.
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What A Cast! What Glorious Settings!
How many of us have fantasies about English country villages and cottages therein? This movie will take you directly into such things and your eyes will be delighted with the settings. How cozy it all is – no wonder they call light-hearted mysteries “cozies.” I was struck by Angela Lansbury’s height. Either she is a tall woman or the ceilings in these adorable cottages are quite low. Angela is Miss Marple, of course, and she begins the flick by demonstrating, at a public screening of a movie murder mystery, how quickly she can solve a complicated crime. Elizabeth Taylor is queenly and is married to the scrumptious Rock Hudson who, although he dallies with a strenuously self-adoring Kim Novak, appears to love her dearly. Edward Fox, a much-enjoyed actor whom I loved in ’95’s “A Month by the Lake” with Vanessa Redgrave, is so fresh and youthful here! Tony Curtis as the brash producer strikes not one false note – (or else they are all somewhat false as befits his role as wheeler-dealer!) My girlfriends and I may study and duplicate Miss Marple’s cottage decor in our own homes after ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the famous sleuth’s movie digs! Note: Angela Lansbury proves in this film that she can chop and dice with the best chefs. And she uses a very long, sharp blade, worthy of a Maven of Murder!
Agatha Christie gets the all-star treatment, with listless results
An American company arrives in Miss Marple’s small home town to make a movie. Among the cast is a famous actress, Marina Rudd. At a function to celebrate commencement of the movie a young townswoman, Heather Babcock, dies, poisoned. It appears that the intended victim was Marina Rudd. Miss Marple and her nephew, Chief Inspector Craddock of Scotland Yard, investigate.
Dull: a listless paint-by-numbers adaptation of Agatha Christie’s great novel. Despite the plot, the movie lacks tension or even intrigue. Director Guy Hamilton (generally an action/war-drama director, having directed four James Bond movies plus Battle of Britain and Force 10 from Navarone) creates no atmosphere at all, giving us a very dry murder mystery. (However, his next movie was also an Agatha Christie adaptation, and was great: Evil under the Sun).
No expense is spared in the personnel though with a cast that is a who’s who of the big and small screen: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Angela Lansbury (as Miss Marple), Edward Fox, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak. If you look closely, there’s even a pre-fame Pierce Brosnan, appearing in only his second movie, in a fleeting non-speaking role. All these names do is give the film some credibility, while in fact they are part of the problem. The biggest names – Hudson, Taylor and Curtis – just seem like they’re phoning it in. Elizabeth Taylor is particularly bad.
Agatha Christie deserves better.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director Guy Hamilton
Writer Jonathan Hales, Barry Sandler, Agatha Christie
Actors Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson
Country United Kingdom
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (colour)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm