13 January 2009

Monsieur Poirot et La Mary

On this day in 1991, the Agatha Christie T.V. mystery entitled, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, was released in the United Kingdom. In it, Hercule Poirot, Belgian detective extraordinaire, accepts a case which finds him traveling on the Queen Mary's maiden voyage--something his sidekick Captain Hastings is keen to do despite Poirot's reluctance (he fears the mal de mer, though in the end it is Hastings who succumbs, blaming it on oysters).  Though the Queen Mary wasn't yet a twinkle in Cunard's eye when the original short story was published in 1925--Miss Christie places the action on two other liners, the Olympia and the Gigantic--liberties were taken for the television adaptation. Unfortunately, that's as far as the producers we willing to go in their homage to the ship. The episode wasn't filmed in Long Beach, but somewhere in England.


Photo: © Karen Clark

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