Murder Is Easy

Synopsis: A mathematician and author, Luke Williams, is travelling up to London on a train when he meets a old lady, Lavinia Fullerton, who is also going to London, to Scotland Yard. Lavinia tells Luke that in her small village several people have died. The local police are certain that it was all accidental and are taking no action but Lavinia isn't convinced. In London Luke watches, horrified, as Lavinia is run over in a hit and run and he becomes convinced that she was telling the truth. He travels down to the village and with the aid of a local girl, who is also convinced that the deaths were murder, sets out to solve the mystery...
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Director(s): Claude Whatham
Production: Warner Bros.
90 min


Oh, thank you.

Oh, you're so kind.

Thank you. -Sure, here we go. -I

was so afraid I was going to miss it.


I meant to go on up this morning.

But then, of course, the morning train

would have been crowded,

what with the derby.

You wouldn't happen to know

which horse won?

The derby?

Oh, let me think.

I've been so upset

with this dreadful business.

Maybe Jujube?

Jujube the Second?

I don't think it was Jujube.

They said he hadn't a chance.

My computer says he does. I've

programmed all the variables:

the jockey, the horse, the

track conditions, everything.

And each time, it came up

the same:


I'm sorry.

I do get carried away. Probably

don't know what I'm talking about.

You make it sound so exciting.

But I'm sure an old

muddlehead like me

couldn't begin to grasp

anything about computers.

Oh, sure you could.

Ah, you see, it's only

a question of probabilities.

Now look, imagine you have

a jigsaw puzzle,

only some of the pieces

are missing.

All right,

take the pieces you have

and you feed them

into the computer,

remembering that

the pieces are numbers.

And then the computer

will tell you

what the missing pieces

probably look like.

Oh, then it isn't a matter

of absolute certainty?

If it were,

I'd be rich.

I'm sure you do very nicely

with your winnings.

Huh? Oh, oh, the derby?

Uh, no, no, you see,

I did that just for fun.

I'm a researcher at MIT,

near Boston. Um...

I'm Luke Williams,

by the way.

And I'm Lavinia Fullerton.

I gather you're on holiday.

Yes, yes, this is my first tour of

Europe, and I am beginning to see

what it is

I have been missing.

Ah, you could develop

other passions, then.



Just as well, perhaps.

You know,

Alexander Pope says,

One master-passion

in the breast,

like Aaron's serpent,

swallows up the rest.

Essay on Man.

Epistle... one.

Epistle two.

It's hard being alone,

I know.

Of course,

I do have Wonky Pooh.

My cat, you see.




But he's had

such a painful ear lately.

And he was missing this morning.

I simply couldn't leave

until he was found.

Now, why are we stopping?

I'm so late as it is.


Well, I don't

see anything.


Well, I can only hope

they don't keep

usual office hours

at Scotland Yard.


Uh, Scotland Yard?

Oh, I'm sure

it's safe to tell you.

You see, our constable

at Wychwood

is used to dealing

with traffic problems

and even with dogs

who foul the footways.

But I feel certain

he is just not the man

to deal with...

Well, with murder.



Oh, yes.

After the third time,

one knows.

Three murders?

At least three

I know of.

It's the look, you see.

That terrible, mad look

on the killer's face

before striking.

I saw it first

with Major Horton's wife,

and she died.

And then there was

Harry Carter

and Tommy Pierce.

And I feel certain

that Dr. Humbleby will be next.

And the terrible thing is

that if I told him,

he wouldn't believe me.

Nor would our constable.

But at Scotland Yard...

Now you're sure

I can't help you

find a cab,

just to get into London?

No, thank you.

It's quite all right.

Oh, look,

that's your horse.


Oh, wait'll Jimmy sees that.

Well, I must be off.

It's such a pleasure.

Thank you.

Um, uh, pardon me,

Miss... Miss Fullerton?

Oh, Professor Williams,

it's enough to know

that you actually wrote it.

I couldn't think

of taking it from you.


It's dedicated

to my Aunt Mary,

and she never even saw it.

In that case,

I shall treasure it.

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Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (born Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, during the Blitz and acquired a good knowledge of poisons which featured in many of her subsequent novels. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952, and as of March 2018 is still running after more than 27,000 performances.In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association.On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work. more…

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