Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ten Little Indians (1965)

Starring Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Leo Genn, Stanley Holloway
Directed by George Pollock
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Ten strangers are invited to a weekend at an alpine cabin, but when they arrive, they discover their host is planning to murder them one by one.

An adaptation of Agatha Christie's murder mystery chestnut, And Then There Were None, the film doesn't compare favorably with the 1945 version that featured Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston, but is an enjoyable enough thriller with fine actors in the cast.  Romance between the young couple in the group is played up even more so than in that earlier version, which doesn't make a lot of sense since each of them must suspect the other could be a murderer, but the witty dialogue and clever staging of the 1945 film isn't replicated here with success.  Still, those unfamiliar with the earlier film or Christie's story should find this entertaining.

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