Wednesday, December 31, 2014

And Then There Were None (1945)

Starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez
Directed by Rene Clair
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Ten strangers are invited to an island for a weekend, only to discover their host is planning to murder each of them one by one.

Director Rene Clair delivers an entertaining murder mystery with a light touch, with no blood and the violence kept off camera, in this adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic whodunit, and one of my favorites of the genre.  The film's biggest assets are the witty screenplay by Dudley Nichols and the excellent cast, as Fitzgerald and Huston lead a talented ensemble who add splendid characterizations to the mixture.  If you haven't read Christie's novel, you may well be surprised by who survives to the climax.