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The droll and dapper Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's dauntless Belgian detective, commands center stage in four mesmerizing movie-length tales. Portrayed by the incomparable David Suchet, the eccentric sleuth pursues an assortment of sinister chaps, plus an occasional femme fatale, in "Dumb Witness, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Hickory Dickory Dock," and "Murder on the Links." Loyal fans of this PBS "Mystery!" favorite will be in heaven, and newcomers will discover why. Pore over the particulars in the accompanying "Poirot Casebook." DVD extras: cast filmographies, biographies of Christie and Suchet, and interactive trivia. 6-3/4 hours on 4 cassettes or 4 DVDs. Set 1 includes "The Alphabet Murders; Death in the Clouds; The Mysterious Affair at Styles; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe;" and "Peril at End House." 8-1/2 hours on 5 cassettes or 5 DVDs. DVD extras include a David Suchet biography, Agatha Christie biography and background materials, and Poirot trivia. Also available: Individual DVDs. About 1 hour 45 min. each.
Even the great Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) dreads a trip to the dentist. And in this case, with good reason: while the detective's checkup is completed without a hitch, mere hours later the dentist and two of the day's patients are found dead. Poirot's first clue is a fancy buckle that fell off a patient's shoe as she climbed out of a cab earlier that same day. Always attentive to the ladies and their fashions, Poirot senses that something is amiss well before Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) catches on. Although the viewer is able to see the deception before Poirot works it out, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe has enough unexpected twists to keep the motive a mystery until the climactic scene in which all is revealed.
What has always set the Agatha Christie's Poirot series apart from other mystery shows is the high production values, and this 103-minute episode is no exception. From the eerie, slow-motion opening sequence of two girls singing the title's nursery rhyme to the art deco set details (down to the curtains and teacups), One, Two, Buckle My Shoe is not merely a video adaptation of Christie's novel but a beautifully wrought film in its own right.
The DVD's special features include biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet, challenging Poirot trivia, and cast filmographies. --Larisa Lomacky MooreSee all Editorial Reviews
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The bodies keep piling up in this one. It is one of Poirot's more perplexing cases, perhaps because it's difficult to believe that the culprit would cook up such an elaborate scheme when easier solutions were at hand. That, combined with a couple of plot holes and the odd decision of the director to show us Mr. Morley's murder before it has happened, prevent "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" from standing among the best episodes of "Agatha Christie's Poirot". Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard (Philip Jackson) is indispensable to Poirot in this case, giving him access to vital information he would otherwise not have. And Poirot, himself, is very much in character and entertaining, as usual. Capt. Arthur Hastings and Miss Lemon do not feature in this episode.
The DVD (Acorn 2001): There is a text interview with David Suchet, the same one featured on all the Collector's Set discs. There is a brief text bio of Agatha Christie, a list of Poirot books, selective filmographies for David Suchet, Philip Jackson, and Hugh Fraser -oddly since Fraser is not in this episode. There are also 4 Poirot trivia questions without answers and 4 Poirot quotes. No subtitles.
I watched this movie without reading the 1941 Dame Agatha Christie novel that it was based on. I'm glad I did this! Why? Because it forced me to really watch the movie in order to try and deduce who the murderer was.
I don't want to be blunt but there doesn't seem to be that much to the main plot of this mystery. Hercule Poirot's (David Suchet) dentist Henry Morley (Laurence Harrington) commits suicide while on the job. All the people who were his patients (including Poirot) that morning when dentist Morley was found dead said that he was quite well when he treated them. So when exactly did he die? Naturally, the great sleuth investigates and he banks on the investigative skills of Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) to aid in the investigation. Two more of the dentist's patients are eventually killed.
As Poirot says, the clue to solving this case "began with a shoe."
The major people considered in Poirot's investigation are as follows:
1. Mr. Amberioth, one of the dental patients (Kervork Malikyan)
2. Former actress Miss Mabelle Sansbury-Seale and another dental patient (Carolyn Colqumoun)
3. Banker Allister Blunt and yet another dental patient (Peter Blythe)
4. Helen, Blunt's secretary (Joanne Phillips-Lane)
5. Gladys Neville, Morley's dental assistant (Karen Gledhill)
6. Frank Carter, Gladys' boyfriend (Chris Eccleston)
7. Alfred Biggs, Morley's pageboy (Joe Greco)
8. Julia Olivera, Blunt's sister-in-law (Helen Horton)
9. Jane Olivera, Julia's daughter (Sara Stewart)
Of all the actors mentioned above, Suchet's performance stands out. He does a stellar job in depicting the super sleuth (as usual). Also the actress who portrayed Miss Mabelle Sansbury-Seale did a good job.
This movie compared to the others in this series has less humor in it. However, the mystery is much more complex and intriguing. Also, this particular movie began with a slow motion sequence of kids playing hopscotch. I found this interesting.
The cinematography of this movie is visually stunning. The costumes are authentic looking. As well, the background music adds to each scene.
Finally, the DVD (which has the movie is full screen format) has five extras. Of these, the ones that had the Poirot trivia and quotes were the most interesting for me.
In conclusion, this is a fun movie, even if you have read the novel!!
(1992; made for TV; 100 min; British drama; 10 scenes; color.)
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One thing fo sure, be caferul when you go to you dentist appointment ;-)