Agatha Christie Collection featuring Helen Hayes as Miss Marple (A Caribbean Mystery / Murder Is Easy / Murder with Mirrors)

June 29, 2013 - Comment

There may be no such thing as the perfect crime. But perfect crime entertainments are as easy as 1…2…3… in this star-packed set. First, sunshine and murder are just what the doctor orders when a physician-prescribed vacation plunges Miss Marple into A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY. MURDER IS EASY asks: Can a computer catch a killer? And

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There may be no such thing as the perfect crime. But perfect crime entertainments are as easy as 1…2…3… in this star-packed set. First, sunshine and murder are just what the doctor orders when a physician-prescribed vacation plunges Miss Marple into A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY. MURDER IS EASY asks: Can a computer catch a killer? And MURDER WITH MIRRORS teams Leo (Rumpole) McKern with Hayes’ Marple in a case of manor-house intrigue. Happy sleuthing!In a career that started in silent film in 1917 and ended in the mid-1980s with her splendid take on Miss Marple in this collection, Helen Hayes was inspirational to the end. Her performances in these made-for-television mysteries are absolutely spot-on as Agatha Christie’s fearless genteel lady sleuth. This collection features three rollicking tales, Murder Is Easy costarring Bill Bixby, a still-radiant Olivia de Havilland, and a young Jonathan Pryce; A Caribbean Mystery, with Barnard Hughes and Swoosie Kurtz; and the grande-dame-duet Murder With Mirrors, with Hayes playing opposite her onetime real-life nemesis, Bette Davis. Mirrors alone is worth the price of the set, as Hayes is in fine form, completely un-vain and sweetly droll. As she heads toward a country manor to visit her “dear friend” Carrie Louise (Davis), she’s informed of the vast changes that have undergone the estate; Carrie Louise’s husband, a philanthropist, has decided to open the grounds to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents. As Miss Marple is being told some of the youthful offenders’ stories, she’s utterly unflappable. Told that one particular young man was caught flashing parishioners at St. Paul’s, Hayes’ Marple mutters, “We all must worship in our own way, I suppose.” Davis, in one of her last film performances, plays a woman who may–or may not–be being slowly poisoned to death, but regardless is frail and slightly incoherent. Davis herself looks quite frail herself, and her line delivery seems a bit uncertain–perhaps extremely effective Method acting, or perhaps she was indeed as frail as she looks; either way, film fans won’t want to miss this. It’s chilling–and unforgettable. –A.T. Hurley

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Allen Dunn says:

Three Hit Great TV Movies by Helen Hayes I’m so thrilled to hear Agatha Christie DVD Collection Featuring Helen Hayes (A Caribbean Mystery, Murder with Mirrors and Murder is Easy) being released on September 12th. I’m looking forward getting this DVD Box Set to add to my Agatha Christie DVD Collection. A Caribbean Mystery is an enjoyable TV Movie – they have the best cast of Actors. Helen Hayes is just marvelous as Jane Marples.

H. taylor says:

Only two of the dvd’s feature Miss Marple This box is a bit of a trick. I really loved two of the movies on this 3 dvd box set. Helen Hayes is great as Miss Marple.Caribbean Mystery was my Fav.The third movie Murder is easy has Helen Hayes in the first five minutes of the movie and NOT AS MISS MARPLE! Unless you are big Bil Bixby fans this movie is not for you, THE STORY DRAGS ON AND ON. BY THE TIME THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED YOU COULD CARE LESS. The BOX lies. big surprize a movie studio is trying to screw you. Only TWO dvds…

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