Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

July 14, 2013 - Comment

James Warwick, Francesca Annis, Sir John Gielgud. Amateur sleuths Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent must unlock a tangled mystery hinging upon the cryptic dying words of a man found near an exclusive country club. 1980/color/3 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.Brew some tea and curl up by the fire for murder, intrigue, and madcap upper-class high jinks

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James Warwick, Francesca Annis, Sir John Gielgud. Amateur sleuths Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent must unlock a tangled mystery hinging upon the cryptic dying words of a man found near an exclusive country club. 1980/color/3 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.Brew some tea and curl up by the fire for murder, intrigue, and madcap upper-class high jinks in Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? James Warwick and Francesca Annis play plucky amateur sleuths Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent (and yes, you’ve also seen them paired as plucky amateur Christie sleuths Tommy & Tuppence). In the very opening scene, Bobby happens upon a dying man who whispers the mysterious title question and we’re off. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? has everything one looks for in an old-fashioned bloodcurdler: murder, false identities, a mysterious institution, and even morphine addiction. Warwick and Annis have the light touch of seasoned pros and slide with ease into the period setting. The rest of the cast dives into the fun and includes such noble veterans as Sir John Gielgud and Joan Hickson, herself one of the more memorable incarnations of Christie’s Miss Marple. –Ali Davis

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Darren Harrison "DVD collector and reviewer" says:

Three hours of twists and turns in a Christie whodunnit In 1981 London Weekend Television presented a three hour adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS? (starring two actors who would go on to play Tommy and Tuppence in another series of Christie mysteries) James Warwick and Francesca (DUNE) Annis. In this adventure the two play amateur sleuths Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent in a 1920s murder investigation caper.The story opens with Jones tackling a game of golf on the Welsh coast. Playing his ball onto…

D. R. Schryer says:

Top notch Agatha Christie mystery thriller. Why Didn’t They Ask Evan’s? is a terrific Agatha Christie mystery story (based on Christie’s novel The Boomerang Clue) made into a terrific mystery movie. The plot, though a bit convoluted, is well developed and the excellent cast carries it out superbly. Although this is not one of Agatha Christie’s biggest hits, it definitely is one of her best stories and as fine a Christie-based movie as I’ve ever seen. Now that it’s available on DVD I hope it will achieve the recognition it amply deserves…

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