A grand old whodunnit from the pen of Agatha Christie is translated into a B&W confection by director René Clair. Lots of moody atmosphere with storm clouds and crashing waves outside and creaking corridors within as the body count rises and everyone scrambles to solve the mystery before they’re next. Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston are exceptional as a shrewd judge and drunken doctor respectively, while the rest of the cast play their one-dimensional suspects with melodramatic aplomb. Clair doesn’t offer a lot of clues, the red herrings are thankfully kept to a minimum, and the big reveal is saved for the very end. It’s not the solution that matters however, it’s the journey itself which proves to be so much fun!
A classic film whether you’ve read the book or not though eveidently this version based on the play. I haven’t read the book in awhile so didn’t remember the different details as well but still enjoyed the film. There were a few actors that over-acted a bit it seemed to me but other than that it was a great story with plenty of suspense and a moody setting.
love this movie. I think the premise is very unique and it was carried out very well. Walter Houston was the best.
In December, Amazon was having a sale on Agatha Christie Kindle books. Naturally, at the low price, I bought most of them, including, "And Then There Were None". On a lark, decided to read it last week, since that is one I've never read before. And decided to check the movie out so I could see it. I finished reading the book yesterday, and anxiously popped the movie into my DVD machine. I was disappointed to say the least. While it was good,and there were some light moments that brought a smile to my face, however, there were so many things that just weren't in the book. Like names of some of the characters and the murders that some of them committed weren't the same as in the book. I guess I'm a purist, and want things LIKE the book. Won't give away the ending, but I was screaming, "THAT'S NOT HOW IT WAS IN THE BOOK!!!!!!!" Doing some research,immediately after finishing the movie and found out that, I guess, Miss Christie did a PLAY about this, and this was what the movie was based on NOT the novel. Reading some of the reviews were shocking to me. How is Ten Little Indians "HORRIFYING"? And someone else is worried if she mentions the mere word, she's going to get censored. Seriously, folks, this PC bologna is just getting out of hand. I've got a small percentage of Indian blood in my family, and, I'm not the least insulted by the word. The book was so much better. Wonder if the other movies based on this book are any better? I gave this movie a 3 1/2 stars. Everyone has different tastes, and while some people might absolutely love this movie, others might think its ok, and others might not like it. I'm in the middle. It was just ok, in my opinion. Didn't think the acting was over the top like I've seen in some 1940's movies, but, like I said, imho, it was a just ok movie. I love the book more.
Director Rene Clair makes one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels (Ten Little Indians) and changes the title but makes a wonderful movie out of the story. The cast is great with Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, Jane Duprey, Mischa Ayer, Judith Anderson, and my favorite, C. Aubrey Smith. The movie has a mysterious look to it which is the work of cinematographer Lucien Andriot. The film score fits the story perfectly and that was the work of Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco. Many movies copied this script with new characters in the following years. Yet this is the best version of the story that I have seen. Although made in 1940, it is the wonderful cast that pulls this movie together. That is true in all classic movies. They left us a wonderful classic movie that has been a favorite with many generations of movie buffs.
"And then there were none" is a 1945 film starring some big names for that time. Agatha Christie is the author of the book in 1939 and a play in 1943. All the stars were probably dead before most modern viewers were born. But nevertheless this film was certainly very, very entertaining to the original audience and all subsequent viewers. One point for our modern politically correct minded people: The original title was "Ten Little Niggers". The book and the play have also gone under the titles "Ten Little Indians" and "And then there were none". In each presentation there is a little rhyme that is quite catchy. Here is one of them from the war years:
Ten little Soldier Boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Soldier Boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Soldier Boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Soldier Boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Soldier Boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Soldier Boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.[
Very interesting mystery movie, but keep in mind it was filmed in the 40’s—so, if you are into modern acting, this is not the film for you. Based on Agatha Christie’s book (that, when first published, had a title—the name of the island in which it takes place, but if I dare to write here it would be immediately censored). Has a surprising end, which I defy anyone to guess. I read the book and it is very good; there are many differences and the book is more "complete," although the end does not differ very much. NOTICE: Attempts to censor (“Report this”) my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom. (10/19/12)
Very good classic was remade into Ten Little Indians. Kept one guessing until the end!
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