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Agatha Christie
A Murder Is Announced

To Ralph and Ann Newman
at whose house I first tasted --- "Delicious Death!"

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Jun. 1950
Daily Express, Feb.28-Mar.11 1950
US
Dodd Mead, NewYork, Jun. 1950

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m..'

A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out...

Contents

1. A Murder is Announced
2. Breakfast at Little Paddocks
3. At 6.30 p.m.
4. The Royal Spa Hotel
5. Miss Blacklock and Miss Bunner
6. Julia, Mitzi and Patrick
7. Among Those Present
8. Enter Miss Marple
9. Concerning a Door
10. Pip and Emma
11. Miss Marple Comes to Tea
12. Morning Activities in Chipping
 Cleghorn
13. Morning Activities in Chipping
 Cleghorn (continued)
14. Excursion into the Past
15. Delicious Death
16. Inspector Craddock Returns
17. The Album
18. The Letters
19. Reconstruction of the Crime
20. Miss Marple is Missing
21. Three Women
22. The Truth
23. Evening at the Vicarage
Epilogue

Characters

Miss Jane Marple, Miss Blacklock, Miss Dora 'Bunny' Bunner, Patrick Simmons, Julia Simmons, Phillipa Haymes, Colonel Easterbrook, Mrs Easterbrook, Edmund Swettenham, Mrs Swettenham, Miss Hinchcliffe, Miss Murgatroyd, Rev.Harmon, Mrs Harmon, Rudi Scherz, Det.Insp.Craddock, Rydesdale, Belle Goedler, Myrna Harris, Det.Sgt Fletcher, Rowlandson, Sister McClelland

Play

A Murder Is Announced
adapted by Leslie Darbon
at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on September 21, 1977.
First presented by Peter Saunders at the Theatre Royal, Brighton; and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 21st September 1977, with the following cast of characters:
(in the order of their appearance)
JULIA SIMMONSPatricia Brake
LETITIA BLACKLOCKDinah Sheridan
DORA BUNNEREleanor Summerfield
PATRICK SIMMONSChristopher Scoular
MITZIMia Nadasi
MISS MARPLEDulcie Gray
PHILLIPA HAYMESBarbara Flynn
MRS SWETTENHAMNancy Nevinson
EDMUND SWETTENHAMGareth Armstrong
RUDI SCHERZMichael Dyerball
INSPECTOR CRADDOCKJames Grout
SERGEANT MELLORSMichael Fleming
Directed by Robert Chetwyn
Decor by Anthony Holland

Movie & TV

A Murder is Announced, 1956 (USA/TV)
"Goodyear Television Playhouse" Season 6, Episode 5
director Paul Stanley
cast Gracie Fields(Jane Marple), Jessica Tandy(Letitia Blacklock), Roger Moore(Patrick Simmons), Betty Sinclair(Dora Bunner), Josephine Brown(Miss Murgatroyd), Pat Nye(Miss Hinchcliffe), Malcolm Kuin(Inspector Craddock)
A Murder is Announced, 1985
Agatha Christie's MISS MARPLE
director David Giles
writer Alan Plater
cast Joan Hickson(Miss Marple), Renee Asherson(Miss Bunny), John Castle(Craddock), Paola Dionisotti(Miss Hinchcliffe), Ursula Howells(Miss Blacklock), Mary Kerridge(Mrs. Swettenham), Ralph Michael(Colonel Easterbrook), Joan Sims(Murgatroyd), Sylvia Syms(Mrs. Easterbrook), Kevin Whately(Fletcher)
A Murder is Announced, 2005
Agatha Christie's MARPLE Season 1
director John Strickland
writer Stewart Harcourt
cast Geraldine McEwan(Miss Jane Marple), Zoe Wanamaker(Letitia Blacklock), Elaine Paige(Dora Bunner), Keeley Hawes(Philippa Haymes), Robert Pugh(Colonel Archie Easterbrook), Cherie Lunghi(Sadie Swettenham), Christian Coulson(Edmund Swettenham), Sienna Guillory(Julia Simmons), Claire Skinner(Amy Murgatroyd), Frances Barber(Hinch), Alexander Armstrong(DI Dermot Craddock), Matthew Goode(Patrick Simmonds), Virginia McKenna(Belle Goedler), Catherine Tate(Mitzi Kosinski)
Yokoku Satsujin, 2007 (JP/TV)
director Kusuda Yasunobu
writer Watanabe Yusuke
cast Kishi Keiko, Hashino Emi

Link

  1. Official Site: A Murder is Announced
  2. Wikipedia: A Murder is Announced
  3. IMDb: Goodyear Television Playhouse: A Murder is Announced (1956)
  4. IMDb: Miss Marple: A Murder is Announced (1985)
  5. IMDb: Marple: A Murder is Announced (2005)
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