Just as well, as screenwriter Dudley Nichols (Stagecoach; Scarlet Street) did a swell job of of adapting Mrs. Christie’s worldwide smash, adding more wickedly witty bits of wry dark humor!
|Thank goodness we’re about to dock! |
I've still got the willies from that ordeal with the U-Boat
and Connie Porter!
The characters don't talk much, at least at first; they just smile and nod politely, no small feat when many of them are trying not to toss their cookies after that boat ride! The crashing waves over the opening credits work perfectly; I was tempted to get my snorkel! Let’s meet our travelers, shall we?
- Barry Fitzgerald from Mark Hellinger’s The Naked City; The Quiet Man) as Judge Quincannon.
- Walter Huston (Oscar-winner for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Dodsworth; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, as Dr. Edward G. Armstrong). (Mind you, this was before his son John Huston became a writer and director!)
- Mischa Auer (You Can’t Take it With You; My Man Godfrey) as Prince Nikki Starloff.
- June Duprez (The Thief of Bagdad; None But the Lonely Heart) as Vera Claythorne.
- Louis Hayward (Ladies in Retirement; The Man in the Iron Mask) as Phillip Lombard.
(Topper; The Philadelphia Story) as Detective Blore.
- Judith Anderson from Laura; Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, as Emily Brent.
- Sir C.Aubrey Smith (Tarzan the Ape Man; Rebecca) as General Mandrake.
|Mischa Auer's Prince Nikki chokes to death on |
a small piece of scenery.
|A dune to a kill!|
|Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky!|
Who will survive? Watch And Then There Were None on July 21 -- and the 1965 version, too, coming ever so soon!