Classic Film Review- And Then There Were None (1945)

Veteran director René Clair brings us Agatha Christie’s popular murder mystery And Then There Were None (also the film’s US title). Like Christie’s imagination, the film gives us a clear glimpse into the mind if a killer who is after revenge.

General Sir John Mandrake (C. Aubrey Smith), Emily Brent (Judith Anderson), Dr. Edward G. Armstrong (Walter Huston), Prince Nikita Starloff (Mischa Auer), Vera Claythorne (June Duprez), Judge Francis J. Quinncannon (Barry Fitzgerald), Philip Lombard (Louis Hayward), William H. Blore (Roland Young), Ethel Rogers (Queenie Leonard), and Thomas (Richard Haydn) arrive on an island off the coast of Devon, England.

They have been invited by the mysterious U.N. Owen to enjoy a vacation at his isolated mansion. Soon, all of the guests realize that they have never met Mr. Owens, not even his servants. A recording informs them that they are guilty of murder and that they have been judged by their host. They try to escape, but soon realize the boat off the island will not return for three days. One by one the guests begin to die in mysterious ways. As the body count grows, the guests soon turn on one another as a mysterious killer haunts them.

Clair does a good job of bringing the murder mystery novel to life. You can feel the anticipation build as each character dies. The movie takes several liberties with the book’s characters, changing their names and some of their crimes. As a fan of the book, this was a little disappointing, but it did not take away from the plot of the film itself.

It is quite enjoyable and an excellent murder mystery that brings the story to life through the silver screen.

FAVORITE QUOTE: The last one killed himself, and then there were none.


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One comment

  1. I believe that Christie herself was responsible for the changes in the plot, which she made to adapt the story into a play. The story was originally published in the UK under the highly offensive title, “Ten Little N—–s.” The US publishers altered this and the film followed the US title; reprints in the UK sometimes adopted the US title and sometimes altered it to the original minstrel show song’s US variant, “Ten Little Indians,” which the movie quotes extensively.

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