Murder in Three Acts

Synopsis: Hercule Poirot's assistant, Hastings, calls him down to Acapulco in Mexico where he can write his memoirs but Hastings drags him to a party populated with Hastings' new friends. There's Janet Crisp - the writer, Daisy Eastman and her daughter 'Egg', Ricardo Montoya, Dr. Strange, Miss Milray the housekeeper and Charles Cartwright the famous American actor. But at the party another guest - Rev. Babbington - dies from poisoning and when Dr. Strange also dies from poisoning, Poirot must swing into action before the serial killer strikes again...
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Gary Nelson
Production: Warner Bros. Television
94 min

Poirot. Poirot.


Oh. Poirot.

Welcome to Acapulco.

What's wrong with you

went native, Hastings?

Now walk in guayabera.

You know, when you're in Rome...

Not to sound tourist.



What's that you're writing your memoirs?

It's true, I'm afraid.

Made me an offer I could not refuse.

But I tell you, my friend, my

Hercule Poirot...

...I dread to think of revealing...

...all or most of your

public that adores him.

Is this your car?

Yes, it's very original, right?

You sure that is your car?

Looks like a kitchen sink.

A kind of washer.

Did you think of the title?

I have not even begun to write.

Sure you have great ideas.

The publisher has suggested

'My Life in Crime'.

Memories of Hercule Poirot.

'My Life in Crime'.

Is pretty good, very sharp.

Might even be 'all my life of crime.'

I hope you do not write

about that absurd incident...


The French of obese.

Oh, obese woman,

course I remember.

No, not as much fun.

Think my family.

They read your book.

Yes, but think of my reputation.

You may not alter the truth in memories.

But even with regard to the old days.


Unless what?

Unless you avoid being

me in this stupid party...

...Better take me to a hotel, or whatever.

You know how I hate these things.

Yes, but this time I'll thank, Poirot.

Always, I say that.

Remember the last time.

Fireworks, trombonist died?

Yes, but this place is absolutely gorgeous.

And there are a group of Americans.

Most live here year round.

Always the same enthusiasm.

And the result is always the opposite.

This is the first time that Americans have.

Yes, but one is a writer. And I thought..

You two could talk...

Another writer?

And who is he?

Martin Blador, playwright.

That's actually a woman.

She's Janet Crisp.

Is made that unnameable operation?

- Oh, no, no, no. Nothing like that.

Just use a man's name... what they call a 'Nom de plume'.

And this Charles Cartwright.

Charles Cartwright.,

American actor.

I do not know.

Inspector was 'Death separates us.'

Do you remember?

Do not?

And the commander of 'North Atlantic.'

Well, sometimes limping.


Yes, it is a nice touch.

Says much of the man who has it.

And also Egg and mother.


Your breast will Gallina..

Good God.

Where you going?

Hastings., You all right?

Yes, very good.

Oh, sorry., I present Mr. Hercule Poirot.

This is Jennifer Eastman.

How are you?


Egg can call me, everyone does.

What a coincidence.

Excuse me?

Oh, You mean the accident?

So sorry., But had a tremendous hurry.

Will the Crow's Nest?

Yes, we're coming.

So, I'll see you tonight.

Mr. Poirot, was a pleasure to have

almost a run with you...

I look better with or without a hat?


- No.

Well, see you later..

And hard boiled egg.

Egg is a 'Crow's Nest',


No, not the

crow's nest is where we will stay.

Is the home of Charles Cartwright.

Charles retired and moved here a year ago.

Says that this is his cabin.

Obviously lameness has helped him a lot.

Good afternoon, Miss Milray.

I present Hercule Poirot.

Poirot, Miss Milray is secretary Charles.

His assistant.

Yes, sorry.

Encantado, madame.


Miguel, show them their rooms.

Is very susceptible,

but ignore him.

Do you speak English?


- After you.

Who are the people?

The Walt is Dr. Strange,

American neurologist.

Is very famous, has a clinic near here.

The woman with him, well..

Is Angela Stafford.

A who recognize, of course.


Let Poirot, even I know that Angela

Sttaford American actress has been...

...20 years a large figure

of Broadway theater.

I have not been idle in the time, you know?

I do not need to have Broadway dramas.

Who is the woman in pants?

She's Janet Crisp, writer.

The one...

- No, no, no.

No, you have not understood,

is a 'nom de plume'.

I know, it was just a joke, my friend.

Do not take it seriously.

- Miguel.

Where is Mr. Cartwright?

Of course if there is.

- Yes.

Ahoy. Captain Cartwright.

Look at them up there, this is great.


Having fun too, Charles.

It seems like you have 20 years.

I am 20 years.

Maybe it's the vitamins Milray

Miss is giving me.

Or maybe the company.

Sure it's for your company.

Is a great mystery to me.


As Charles adapt their retirement life.

I thought it would cost a lot.

Well, this is not exactly

Devil's Island. Do not you think?

It is surrounded by all the amenities.

Yes, but...

Put ??your career in film and theater,

sell those houses precious...

...In California and Paris.

And New York.

And New York.

That was quite a home,

do you ever visited?

If I met her?

I helped decorate.


Charles and I worked in 'Private Lives'

on Broadway at the time.

I forgot you two...

No matter, Wally.

Easily forgotten.

For some people maybe.

Boatswain Who does?

Eastman's daughter Daisy.

The Egg call.

Coming tonight.

There's your answer, doctor.

The Mystery of Charles Cartwright

and his successful retirement.

You mean the girl?


- No, I think not.

Is only a child.

Just as Charles.

You should know better than anyone.



- How are you?

What's up, Doc?

This should be Hercule Poirot.

How are you?

Madame, I have admired your

art for over 20 years.

This is Janet Crisp.

Like this.

- Hello.

He is Dr. Strange.

A pleasure.

A wonderful job.

Ah. if and out there is of course our host.

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Prolific author of mysteries in early part of 1900s. Creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, a Belgian sleuth. more…

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