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Agatha Christie
The Hollow

For Larry and Danae
With apologies for using their swimming pool as the scene of a murder

First Published

Collins, London, Nov. 1946
Dodd Mead, New York, 1946
Collier's Weekly, May.4-25 1946 as 'The Outraged Heart'


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Lucy Angkatell invites Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into the water, John Christow gasps one final word: 'Henrietta'. In the confusion, a gun sinks to the bottom of the pool"

Poirot's enquiries reveal a complex web of romantic attachments. It seems everyone in the drama is a suspect - and each a victim of love.


Hercule Poirot, David Angkatell, Edward Angkatell, Sr Henry Angkatell, Kady Lucy Angkatell, Gerda Christow, Dr. John Christow, Zena Christow, Beryl Collins, Veronica Cray, Inspector Grange, Mr. Gudgeon, Midge Hardcastle, Elsie Patterson, Doris Saunders, Henrietta Savernake

Movie & TV

Kiken-na Onna-tachi, 1985 (JP)
director Yoshitaro Nomura
writer Juichiro Takeuchi, Motomu Furuta
cast Koji Ishizaka, Shinobu Otake, Kimiko Ikegami, Mariko Fuji, Yuko Kazu, Eitaro Ozawa, Tanie Kitabayashi, Akira Terao, Kunihiko Mitamura
The Hollow
Agahta Christie's POIROT IX, 2003/04
director Simon Langton;
writer Nick Dear
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Jonathan Cake(John Christow), Megan Dodds(Henrietta Savernake), Sarah Miles(Lady Lucy Angkatell), Edward Fox(Gudgeon), Claire Price(Gerda Christow), Lysette Anthony(Veronica Craye), Tom Georgesom(Inspector Grange), Edward Hardwicke(Sir Henry Angkatell), Caroline Martin(Midge Hardcastle), Jamie De Courcy(Edward Angkatell)
Le Grand alibi, 2008 (FR)
director Pascal Bonitzer
writer Pascal Bonitzer, Jérôme Beaujour
cast Miou-Miou(Éliane Pages), Lambert Wilson(Le docteur Pierre Collier), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi(Esther Bachmann), Pierre Arditi(Le sénateur Henri Pages), Anne Consigny(Claire Collier), Mathieu Demy(Philippe Léger), Caterina Murino(Léa Mantovani), Maurice Bénichou(Lieutenant Grange), Céline Sallette(Marthe), Agathe Bonitzer(Chloé), Emmanuelle Riva(Geneviève Herbin), Dany Brillant(Michel), Alain Libolt(Le contrôleur), Hélène Devynck(La journaliste télé), Hélène Frappat(La journaliste de presse)


  1. Official Site: The Hollow
  2. Wikipedia: The Hollow
  3. IMDb: Poirot: The Hollow (2004)
  4. IMDb: Le grand alibi (2008)

The Hollow (play)

dramatised by Agatha Christie
at the Fortune Theatre, London, on June 7, 1951

Presented by Peter saunders at the Fortune Theatre, London, on 7th June 1951, with the following cast of characters:
(in the order of their appearance)

Henrietta AngkatellBeryl Baxter
Sir Henry Angkatell, KCBGeorge Thorpe
Lady AngkatellJeanne de Casalis
Midge HarveyJessica Spencer
Edward AngkatellColin Douglas
DorisPatricia Jones
Gerda CristowFoan Newell
John Cristow, MD, FRCPErnest Clark
Veronica CrayeDianna Foster
Inspector Colquhoun, CIDMartin Wyldeck
Detective Sergeant PennyShaw Taylor

The play directed by Hubert Gregg
The play was subsequently transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre


  1. Wikipedia: The Hollow (play)

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