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And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 October 1945 (USA)
Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is. Could it be one of them?

Director:

René Clair (as Rene Clair)

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Dudley Nichols (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Fitzgerald ... Judge Francis J. Quincannon
Walter Huston ... Dr. Edward G. Armstrong
Louis Hayward ... Philip Lombard
Roland Young ... Detective William Henry Blore
June Duprez ... Vera Claythorne
Mischa Auer ... Prince Nikita Starloff
C. Aubrey Smith ... Gen. Sir John Mandrake (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Judith Anderson ... Emily Brent
Richard Haydn ... Thomas Rogers
Queenie Leonard ... Ethel Rogers
Harry Thurston Harry Thurston ... Fred Narracott
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Storyline

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered for a weekend on an isolated island by the hosts, the Owens, who are delayed. At dinner, a record is played and the host's message alleges that all of the people present are guilty of murder, and suddenly the first of them is dead, then the next. It seems that one of them is the murderer, but the leading person is always the person who is murdered next and at last, only two people are left. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rene Clair's 'And Then There Were None' See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This has a notably different ending than the original novel which involves all ten characters ending up dead. Dame Agatha Christie changed how it finished for the theatrical adaptation, as she felt that wartime audiences would find it too depressing. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits state that the movie is "From the Novel by Agatha Christie". Strictly speaking, this is not true. The movie uses the stage play's ending, rather than the novel's. See more »

Quotes

Vera Claythorne: I'm afraid it's no use watching for the boat. It won't come until Monday.
General Sir John Mandrake: [staring out to sea] No boat will ever come, Juliet. We're here forever. What made you love him, Juliet?
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Crazy Credits

The first line of the nursery rhyme appears onscreen - "Ten Little Indians Went Out To Dine...." - superimposed over a set of small statues of Native Americans - this is immediately followed by the film's title "And Then There Were None". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ben 10: Omniverse: And Then There Was Ben (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Little Indians
(uncredited)
Performed by Mischa Auer
Played often throughout the picture
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User Reviews

Could have been great...
5 April 2002 | by t1mpaniSee all my reviews

All right, I'm not going to bother with the movie's strengths, as they are covered by every other reviewer here. What I want to talk about is the one area where I think director Rene Clair missed the boat: mood.

The book is absolutely chilling, and manages to have you jumping at noises in the night far better than most any of today's attempts at horror writing. The movie, however, has a campy, needlessly humorous feel which detracted strongly from my enjoyment. An example? Casting Harry Thurston as the boatman. His is one of the first faces we see, and it is twisted into the best version of a Bud Abbott facial expression that he could muster. Mischa Auer's performance was ridiculous to the extreme, and made his character neither believable nor endearing. There are a few other gripes I have, but they're of the same ilk, so I'll just say that this reasonably faithful portrayal could have been one of the greatest mystery thrillers ever if it had been taken a little more seriously.


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