The Mirror Crack'd

Synopsis: The year is 1953. The small English village of St. Mary Mead, home to Miss Jane Marple, is delighted when a big American movie company arrives to make a movie telling of the relationship between Jane Grey and Elisabeth I, starring the famous actresses Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster. Marina arrives with her husband, Jason, and when she discovers that Lola is going to be in the movie with her she hits the roof as Lola and Marina loathe each other on sight. Marina has been getting death threats and at a party at the manor house, Heather Babcock, after boring Marina with a long story, drinks a cocktail made for Marina and dies from poisoning. Everybody believes that Marina is the target but the police officer investigating the case, Inspector Craddock isn't sure so he asks Miss Marple, his aunt, to investigate...
Director(s): Guy Hamilton
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


They're waiting for you

in the drawing room, sir.

Thank you, Barnsby.

Oh, Barnsby?

I'd rather like you to join us,

if you don't mind.

Have you found Lady Ridgeley's jewels?

Yes, Inspector,

have you found my cabochon ruby?

No, Your Ladyship,

but I have found something else.

The identity of Lord Fenley's murderer.

Inspector, you're not trying to imply

that one of us could have actually

performed such a loathsome deed?

It's quite ridiculous.

I simply don't believe it.

Not only do I believe it, Mr Montrose,

but I have the evidence to prove it.

All of you had sufficient motive.

It could have been... any one of you.

You, Sir Derek, have been falsifying

the accounts of Finwick Industries

with the help of

your son-in-law Mr Foxwell.

And you were also aware

that Lady Ridgeley

was having an affair with Lord Fenley

which ended abruptly

when he resumed his dalliance

with Lady Foxcroft.

You see, she had stumbled upon

the knowledge that Barnsby was in truth

Lord Fenley's half brother

and the illegitimate father

of Mr Peter Montrose,

who was planning to gain control

of Fenley Industries

with the help of Mr Da Silva,

who risked bankruptcy

if the plot failed.

Yes, you all had motives.

Any one of you could have done it.

But only one of you did.

A person sitting in this room?

At this very moment?

Yes, Miss Kate, in this very room.

This ridiculous cat-and-mouse game

has gone on long enough!

Very well, then.

Lord Fenley's murderer...

Oh dear, oh dear.

Lights, Mr Paycock, please.

I'll have it fixed in no time,

no time at all.

I'd say that's highly unlikely.

Oh, dear.

Now we'll never know who did it.

It does seem rather obvious

who the murderer was.

Who, Miss Marple?

Do tell us. Was it Sir Derek?

I hardly think so, Miss Giles.

It's unlikely he would have

murdered his business partner,

not while he only had

49% of the business,

and the controlling interest

would have reverted to Lord Fenley's

sister, a bitter enemy of Sir Derek's.

I'll bet it was

that young blaggard Lord Peter.

Impossible, Major.

Excuse me, dear.

The only tracks leading to Lord Fenley's

estate that evening were bicycle tracks.

But he hated Lord Fenley.

Yes, but you forget,

young Peter had a birth defect which

caused a malfunction to the inner ear.

This loss of equilibrium in his

system would have made it impossible

for him to maintain his balance

on a bicycle.

Good night, Major.

Excuse me, Mrs Morley-Smith.

Good night, Dolly.

Good night, Jane.

I still say it was that awful butler.

It was Barnsby,

don't you think, Miss Marple?

- I most certainly do not.

- But the revolver in his drawer?

Barnsby had never been

to Lord Fenley's estate'

The footprints

on the night of the murder

led directly to the smaller bedroom

off the left wing

where Lord Fenley

frequently sought privacy.

Whoever killed him knew

how to go directly to that room.

Well, then who did do it, Miss Marple?

Who murdered Lord Fenley?

Why, young Miss Kate, of course.

Why do you say Miss Kate?

Because when the body

of Lord Fenley was discovered,

the knife was firmly implanted

in the chest to the left.

A right-handed person

would have clearly been unable

to strike such a thrust

in that direction.

If you'd looked closely,

you would have noticed

Miss Kate was twirling her pearls

in her left hand.

Good night, Vicar. I'm sure you'll have

this contraption running in no time'

Good night, all.

She could be wrong, you know.

She's not. I've seen the picture.

I never would have guessed that ending.

That girl, she looked so nice.

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Jonathan Hales

Jonathan Hales (born 10 May 1937) is a British playwright and screenwriter. He is noted for his work with Lucasfilm, including The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. more…

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