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Lord Peter Wimsey: Murder Must Advertise

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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert, Paul Darrow, Fiona Walker
  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • Release Date: Jan. 7 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00007E1WX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,147 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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"There is something going on in the organization that is very undesirable and might lead to serious consequences," reads a note that the ill-fated Victor Dean wrote to his superior just before he took a fatal fall down the metal staircase at Pym's Publicity Ltd. These darned suspicious circumstances lead Pym to hire Lord Peter Wimsey to determine whether Dean's death was an accident or murder or eh, what? Ian Carmichael returns in his signature role as Dorothy L. Sayers's aristocratic sleuth in this characteristically impeccable 1973 BBC miniseries. The chaotic advertising agency is a ripe setting for intrigue (Sayers herself worked in a prominent London ad agency in the 1920s). Wimsey has a high time masquerading incognito as the firm's new copywriter, as well as the mysterious costumed Harlequin, a ruse he adopts to obtain information from the notorious socialite Dian de Momerie (Bridget Armstrong), whose lovers (Dean, among them) all come to bad ends, and whose den of iniquity is fronted by Major Milligan (Peter Bowles, of To the Manor Born), a drug dealer who corrupts bright young things.

Among the pleasures of a Wimsey mystery is his panache with the niceties of our English tongue. At one point he observes, "Truth in advertising is like lemon in three measures of meal. It produces a suitable quantity of gas with which to blow out a mass of crude misrepresentations into a format the public can swallow." Let's see Nick Charles or Columbo wrap his tongue around that one. --Donald Liebenson

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This DVD, along with The Nine Tailors, is one of my two favorite of the Lord Peter Wimsey series starring Ian Carmichael that were first produced in the mid 1970s. In Murder Must Advertise Lord Peter works incognito, using his two middle names Death Bredon as an alias, at an advertising agency in London. His purpose is to solve a puzzling mystery surrounding the death of an employee at the agency, shortly before that employee was to reveal some shocking information about criminal activities at work. The story is classical Sayers, with plenty of red herrings to mislead and beguile you. It has an additional charm in that it gives a good view of what life must have been like in an advertising agency in Britain in the 1930s (Dorothy L. Sayers worked in such an agency before creating Lord Peter, so the give and take of office life rings true. You also get a glimpse of the sordid world of drug dealers and the unhappy frivolity of the Bright Young Things. I also enjoyed Peter's sparkling sister Lady Mary and his snobby sister in law the Duchess of Denver The mystery itself is well told and comes to a satisfying conclusion. The DVD also has a nice interview with Ian Carmichael and some Wimsey/Sayers trivia
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I strongly recommend this DVD to all those amored of a cracking good yarn. The plot is well written and the players deliver their parts exquisitely. I had listened to BBC cassettes of this mystery for over 12 years before finally getting to see the TV version and I was thrilled with Ian Carmichael's portayal of Lord Peter Wimsey. There are some familiar faces in the cast, including Christopher Timothy, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong, and Paul Darrow. The dialogue is so smart and effective throughout the show. The plot revolves primarily around who (if anyone) killed Victor Dean, a copywriter at Pym's Advertising and secondarily about the drug ring Chief Inspector Parker is pursuing. To see how they are related, you will have to watch the mystery unfold. If you really appreciate good English mysteries, you'll watch this show more than once, I have!
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I enjoy Murder Must Advertise and The Nine Tailors the most of all of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. In Murder Must Advertise Lord Peter spends some time undercover in an advertising agency which is apparently being used in a cocaine smuggling operation. One murder has already occured, and more seem likely.
Ian Carmichael makes an excellent and energetic Lord Peter. This series, which was originally filmed in the mid 1970s, has held up extremely well. The scenes shot in the advertising agency are really funny (Sayers worked in such a firm for awhile so her descriptions really read true), and the depictions of the Bright Young Things are amusing as well. The mystery itself is neatly played out. All in all, a truly satisfying viewing experience.
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