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Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express

To M.E.L.M. Arpachiya, 1933

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Jan. 1934
Grand Magazine, Mar.-May 1934
US
Dodd Mead, New York, 1934 as "Murder in the Calais Coach"
Saturday Evening Post, Sep.30-Nov.4 1933 as 'Murder in the Calais Coach'

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime.

Contents

PART I - THE FACTS
1. An Important Passenger on the Taurus Express
2. The Tokatlian Hotel
3. Poirot Refuses a Case
4. A Cry in the Night
5. The Crime
6. A Woman
7. The Body
8. The Armstrong Kidnapping Case
PART II - THE EVIDENCE
1. The Evidence of the Wagon Lit Conductor
2. The Evidence of the Secretary
3. The Evidence of the Valet
4. The Evidence of the American Lady
5. The Evidence of the Swedish Lady
6. The Evidence of the Russian Princess
7. The Evidence of the Count and Countess Andrenyi
8. The Evidence of Colonel Arbuthnot
9. The Evidence of Mr. Hardman
10. The Evidence of the Italian
11. The Evidence of Miss Dobenham
12. The Evidence of the German Lady's-Maid
13. Summary of the Passengers' Evidence
14. The Evidence of the Weapon
15. The Evidence of the Passengers' Luggage
PART III - HERCULE POIROT SITS BACK AND THINKS
1. Which of Them?
2. Ten Questions
3. Certain Suggestive Points
4. The Grease Spot on a Hungarian Passport
5. The Christian Name of Princess Dragomiroff
6. A Second Interview with Colonel Arbuthnot
7. The Identity of Mary Debenham
8. Further Surprising Revelations
9. Poirot Propounds Two Solutions

Characters

Hercule Poirot, Bouc, Miss Mary Hermione Debenham, Colonel Arbuthnot, Samuel Edward Ratchett, Hector Willard MacQueen, Edward Henry Masterman, Mrs. Caroline Martha Hubbard, Dr Constantine, Natalia Dragomiroff, Fraulein Schmidt, Count Rudolph Andrenyi, Countess Elena Maria Andrenyi, Cyrus Bethman Hardman, Miss Greta Ohlsson, Antonio Foscarelli, Pierre Michel

Linda Arden, Daisy Armstrong, Selby Armstrong, Sonia Armstrong, Tommy Armstrong, Dubosc, Helena Goldenberg, Jerry, Johnson, Pietro, Hildegarde Schmidt, Stengelberg, Susanne, Henry Tomlinson, Tommy, W. K. Van der Halt, Demetrius Zagone, Zia

Movie & TV

Murder on the Orient Express, 1974 (UK)
director Sidney Lumet
writer Paul Dehn
cast Albert Finney(Poirot), Martin Balsam(Bianchi), Ingrid Bergman(Greta), Lauren Bacall(Mrs. Hubbard), Jacqueline Bisset(Countess Andrenyi), Sean Connery(Colonel Arbuthnot), Jean-Pierre Cassel(Pierre), John Gielgud(Beddoes), Wendy Hiller(Princess Dragomiroff), Anthony Perkins(McQueen), Vanessa Redgrave(Mary Debenham), Rachel Roberts(Hildegarde), Richard Widmark(Ratchett), Michael York(Count Andrenyi)
Murder on the Orient Express, 2001 (USA/TV)
director Carl Schenkel
writer Stephen Harrigan
cast Alfred Molina(Hercule Poirot), Meredith Baxter(Mrs. Caroline Hubbard), Leslie Caron(Sra. Alvarado), Amira Casar(Helena von Strauss), Nicolas Chagrin(Pierre Michel), Tasha de Vasconcelos(Vera Rossakoff), David Hunt(Bob Arbuthnot), Adam James(William MacQueen), Dylan Smith(Tony Foscarelli), Peter Strauss(Mr. Samuel Ratchett), Fritz Wepper(Wolfgang Bouc), Kai Wiesinger(Philip von Strauss), Natasha Wightman(Mary Debenham)
Murder on the Orient Express
Agahta Christie's POIROT XII
director Philip Martin
writer Stewart Harcourt
cast David Suchet(Hercule Poirot), Tristan Shepherd(Lieutenant Morris), Sam Crane(Lieutenant Blanchflower), Toby Jones(Samuel Ratchett), Brian J. Smith(Hector MacQueen), David Morrissey(John Arbuthnot), Jessica Chastain(Mary Debenham), Stewart Scudamore(Concierge), Serge Hazanavicius(Xavier Bouc), Eileen Atkins(Princess Dragomiroff), Susanne Lothar(Hildegarde Schmidt), Denis Menochet(Pierre Michel), Barbara Hershey(Caroline Hubbard), Hugh Bonneville(Edward Masterman), Marie-Josée Croze(Greta Ohlsson)

Link

  1. Official Site: Murder on the Orient Express
  2. Wikipedia: Murder on the Orient Express
  3. IMDb: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  4. IMDb: Murder on the Orient Express (2001)
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