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Miss Marple Mysteries

Joan Hickson , Ursula Howells , David Giles , Guy Slater    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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In the hands of Agatha Christie, the murder mystery is like a sonata crossed with a magic trick--an intricate formal structure that depends on ingenious misdirection. On top of that, the movies made from her novels are an opportunity for great British character actors to languish in icy disdain, insinuating glances, arch humor, and trembling suggestions of guilt. This set gathers together three fine BBC productions, starting with The Body in the Library (in which a blond stranger's corpse turns up in a British squire's house), A Murder Is Announced) (in which a supposed parlor game has fatal consequences), and A Pocketful of Rye (in which a nursery rhyme becomes a recipe for a series of poisonings). All star Joan Hickson as Christie's much-loved elderly sleuth, Miss Marple. The way Hickson's eyes light up at the mention of mysterious death makes her seem like a delightfully dotty old ghoul; she hovers at the periphery of investigations, noticing the telling details that police inspectors overlook. The productions lay out plot threads and clues with surgical precision, while the actors play stock characters with exquisite relish. --Bret Fetzer

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The beloved dowager detective Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) unravels three of Agatha Christie's most popular brainteasers: A Murder Is Announced, A Pocketful of Rye and the series premiere, The Body in the Library.

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"There she sits: an elderly spinster; sweet, placid ...,

... so you'd think," retired Scotland Yard chief Sir Henry Clithering (Raymond Francis) says when describing St. Mary Mead's best-known inhabitant to his friend, wealthy paraplegic Conway Jefferson in the first adaptation of a Miss Marple mystery, "The Body in the Library." "Yet," Sir Henry continues, "her mind has plumbed the depths of human iniquity, and taken all in a day's work." And Vicar Clement, the narrator of Agatha Christie's first Miss Marple story, 1930's "Murder at the Vicarage," couldn't agree more: "Miss Marple is a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner - Miss Wetherby is a mixture of vinegar and gush. Of the two Miss Marple is the more dangerous," he observes on one occasion.

The BBC's 1980s adaptations of Christie's twelve Miss Marple novels quickly established Joan Hickson as the quintessential Jane Marple, even in the view of the grandmother (or rather, grand-aunt) of all village sleuths and "noticing kinds of persons"'s creator, Dame Agatha herself. (After seeing Hickson in an adaptation of her "Appointment With Death," as early as 1946 Christie reportedly sent her a note expressing the hope she would "play my dear Miss Marple.") Prior versions, partly involving rather high-octane casts, had seen as Miss Marple, inter alia, Angela Lansbury and Margaret Rutherford, but had been less faithful to Christie's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Miss Marple May 14 2013
By seggrnd
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Joan Dickson was the quintessentiel Miss Marple. She embodied the perfect sleuth, hidden behind the facade of an old spinster who had studied human nature through the everyday life of an English village.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hickson does it again June 1 2014
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Jean Hickson is very much Miss Marple. Christie thought she would be, and she was right. The series is not closed captioned, but to watch this master of her craft record the true Christie mysteries is well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it May 21 2014
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Now I have the series I watched on TV all to myself, and I can watch it over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected Oct. 17 2013
By Morris
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The casting is very good so the characters are enjoyable. Joan Hickman is my favorite Miss Marple. They three movies follow the books very well. These movies were made for TV as three episodes. Unfortunately the end credits and beginnings are between each episode. A minor moment for fast forward or a bathroom break
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Oct. 3 2013
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Joan Hickson was chosen by Agatha Christie herself to play Miss Marple.
She is good but a little too meek and mild especially for a murder case. A little
more umph in her character would have been great. I enjoyed the set though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one for the fans Nov. 20 2012
By Voyager
Very good acting; very good scenes and decor. It shows a certain way of life and what is beyond what looks simple but is not. It is full of charm for me because it shows decorum, which I think is lacking now, as we rush in our dealings with each other.
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