Ten Little Indians

Synopsis: Up to a house high on a mountain top have been invited ten people who are strangers to each other. When they are all gathered, they hear from their host that each one of them has in someway caused the death of an innocent person and that justice had not be served in their cases. There are eight guests and two servants there for the weekend, but one by one, they are being knocked off according to the poem of "Ten Little Indians". As the number of survivors decreases, they begin to believe that the killer is one of the group, but are unable to decide on which one he or she may be.
Director(s): George Pollock
Production: Warner Home Video
91 min

Inaccessible sort of place.

Very remote.

Gentlemen, my name is Grohmann.

Shall I offer you drinks

or show you to your rooms?

I think we would prefer first of all

to meet our host.

I'm sorry, sir.

Mr. Owen isn't here.

- Not here?

- Where is he?

- Extraordinary.

- When do you expect him?

This evening, sir.

- Has he been delayed?

- I really couldn't say, sir.

- Oh, come, come. What's your name?

- Grohmann, sir.

Well, Grohmann,

you must have some instructions.

My instructions are

to make you all comfortable.

I understand Mr. Owen

will be here for dinner.

Oh. Well, that's better.

Is it? I find it is a singular

lapse of manners:

A house party,

and the host the last to arrive.

- It happens.

- Not to me, young man.

What sort of chap is our absent host?

I haven't had the pleasure.

Strangely, neither have I.

What's he like, Grohmann?

I have no idea, sir.

My wife and I, we are hired

by an agency in Vienna two days ago.

We've never met Mr. Owen.

I trust you'll be comfortable.

If there's anything you want,

please ring.

By the way, I'm Ann Clyde,

Mr. Owen's secretary.

Did he leave any instructions for me?

No, miss. We want a word

with Mr. Owen ourselves when he arrives.

They never told us at the agency

the size of this place...

...or that we'd have

to look after eight guests.

I don't think that's any of our concern.

Miss Clyde, shall we join the others?


I think I'll have trouble with Her Ladyship

before the weekend's over.

Tell me about your Mr. Owen.

What's he like?

My dears, you look absolutely stricken.

I'm sure you all know the story...

...of the two Englishmen

cast away on a desert island...

...who never spoke to each other,

because they hadn't been introduced.

We were just about

to perform that task.

Well, since I'm not English,

I'll break the ice. I'm Hugh Lombard.

Dr. Edward Armstrong.

- Judge Cannon.

- How do you do, sir?

General Sir John Mandrake.

Blore, William Henry.

Ann Clyde.

This lady, I'm sure we all know.

We've admired you on the screen,

Miss Bergen.

- Thank you, judge.

- Well, I guess that leaves only me.

You've probably all heard of

Mike Raven and The Blackbirds.

No? Where's everybody been lately?

- You a singer?

- Yeah.

Number three on the charts last week.

"Why Does My Baby Do This to Me

When We Could Be in Love?"

A mixed gathering.

Now, some of us don't know our host.

Perhaps those who do

could tell us something about him.

Well, he's a rich guy. Eccentric.

At least that's what I've been told.

- But you haven't met him?

- Well, no.

He called up my agent

to come over to talk over a deal.

Ticket paid for, all set up.

May I ask if any others know Mr. Owen?

How utterly marvelous.

You all came to a house party

without knowing your host.

Well, what about you, Miss Bergen?

Darling, it happens to me all the time.

But, of course, one of us does know

the mysterious Mr. Owen.

His secretary.

- Then satisfy our curiosity, my dear.

- I'm afraid I can't.

I was engaged through

an agency in London.

This is quite ridiculous.

I have a good mind to leave at once.

Yeah, but what about the snow?

That, I assure you, sir,

would not deter me.

I've never known such a situation.

Well, Grohmann did say

he'd be here for dinner.

- Quite right, so he did.

- In that case, let's settle in, find our rooms.

You rang, sir?

Good Lord.

All right, I am ready

to see my room now.

I think we all are.

Unless you're thinking

of leaving us, general?

Gentlemen, would you please follow me?

If you just started working for Mr. Owen,

you didn't send out the invitations.

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Peter Yeldham

Peter Alan Yeldham (born 25 April 1927) is an Australian screenwriter for motion pictures and television, playwright and novelist. more…

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