Sleuth

Synopsis: Milo Tindle and Andrew Wyke have something in common, Andrew's wife. In an attempt to find a way out of this without costing Andrew a fortune in alimony, he suggests Milo pretend to rob his house and let him claim the insurance on the stolen jewelry. The problem is that they don't really like each other and each cannot avoid the zinger on the other. The plot has many shifts in which the advantage shifts between Milo and Andrew.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
PG
Year:
1972
138 min
813 Views


Dr. Grayson was never in london

at the time of the murder.

In fact, the good doctor stayed in a small

hotel in Melksham on the night in question.

He then returned to Broughton Gifford

on the 2:
40 train...

disguised as Sir Mortimer

turret's Valet, Burton,

making sure his arrival was

noted by the ticket inspector.

From then on, his plan was

simplicity itself.

Knowing it was Burton's day off,

he had no difficulty in entering

Hellrake Hall unobserved...

And murdering Sir Mortimer with the

arrow from the astrolabe...

which he had sharpened

on the stone knife grinder

by the scullery window.

"Remember my query about

brass knives at the time ?

I was worried about

those metal shavings."

"By jove, Lord Merridew, sir,

"You don't miss a trick.

But since you appear

to know so much, sir,"

continued the inspector humbly,

"I wonder if you would explain

how the murderer managed to

leave the body of his victim...

"in the middle of the tennis

court and effect his escape...

"without leaving any tracks

behind him in the red dust.

Frankly, sir, we in the Police

Force are just plain baffled."

St. John Lord Merridew,

the great detective,

rose majestically,

his huge Father Christmas face

glowing with mischievous delight.

Slowly, he brushed the

crumbs of seedy cake...

from the folds of his

pendulous waistcoat.

"The Police may be baffled,

Inspector," he boomed,

"But Merridew is not.

"Thirty years ago, the

murderer, Dr. Grayson,

was a prominent member

of the Ballets Russes,

dancing under the name

of Oleg Graysinski.

And though the years had

altered his appearance somewhat,

yet his old skill

had not deserted him.

He carried the body to

the center of the court,

walking on his points...

along the white tape which separated

the service boxes, and from there...

he threw it seven feet into the court,

close to the baseline where it was found.

And then, with a neatly executed fouett,

he faced about and went

back the way he had come,

thus leaving no traces.

And that, Inspector, is

Merridew's solution."

Hello !

Are you there ?

Mr. Wyke ?

- Mr. Wyke ?

- Who's there ?

It's me, Milo Tindle.

I think you're expecting me.

Yes, indeed. So good of you to come.

Won't you join me ?

Well, I have been trying to do

exactly that for quite some time.

Here we are.

Yes, my outdoor inner sanctum.

I designed it myself.

Provides for me just that extra bit

of privacy that an author requires.

I must say, you're not an

easy man to drop in on.

Just so. So, you're Milo Tindle.

- I'm Andrew Wyke. Welcome to Cloak Manor.

- Thank you.

I found your note when I came down

from London this afternoon.

Oh, good. Yes.

I hoped you'd be here this weekend,

so I pushed it through your letter

box a little earlier today.

Well, now, what will

you have to drink ?

- Uh, vodka and tonic, please.

- Ah. Of course.

- How are you settling in here

at laundry cottage ?

- Very well, thank you.

Using it for weekends,

that sort of thing ?

Yes, that sort of thing.

Vodka-- I don't seem to

have any out here. Is--

- Gin will do.

- Good.

Charming little place,

Laundry cottage--

Ideal for relaxations of all kinds.

Unfortunately, I don't

have time for them myself.

As a matter of fact, I've just

dictated the denouement...

of my new book,

Death by double fault.

I must say, it's gone extremely well.

Ah, then.

Soda, soda, soda, soda--

Oh, dear. Doesn't seem to be

any tonic here either.

It's awful.

Here, shall we go indoors ?

- Whatever you like.

- Good.

Tell me, do you agree that

the detective story is...

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