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And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 October 1945 (USA)
Seven guests, a newly hired secretary and two staff are gathered at a manor house on an isolated island by an unknown absentee host and are killed off one-by-one. They work together to determine who the killer is before it's too late.

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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Trivia

In recent years it has come to light that much of Dame Agatha Christie's plot appears to have been inspired by a little-known 1930 play by Owen Davis titled "The Ninth Guest", which utilized the same framework of people being brought together by an unknown host who proceeds to kill them one-by-one. Columbia Pictures' atmospheric movie version, The 9th Guest (1934), has never been released on home video, but is now in the public domain and can be found on eBay and iOffer. See more »

Goofs

The accusations recorded on the phonograph record state that Mr. Lombard killed several natives in East Africa. Later, during the confession scene at the table, Mr. Bloor says that Mr. Lombard killed natives in South Africa. See more »

Quotes

Detective William Henry Blore: One thing is for certain; he ain't inside so he must be outside.
Philip Lombard: Brilliant thinking, Blore.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Ten Little Indians
(uncredited)
Performed by Mischa Auer
Played often throughout the picture
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Not as great as everyone makes it out to be!
22 July 2004 | by dac87See all my reviews

This old school murder mystery written by Dame Agatha Christie was based on her novel "Ten Little Niggers" (which, of course, had to be re-named to Ten Little Indians, which in turn was changed again to And Then There Were None.) You have the normal Christie crew; a cast of suspects and victims with rotten pasts. These characters are lured to an island where they are picked off one by one. Closterphobia sets in as the remaining people realizes that the killer could be one of them. Now, this sounds like the makings of a wonderful movie, full of suspense, drama, horror, and perhaps romance? Sadly the seriousness of the plot is diminished as the whole thing is played up like a parlor game. There really is no suspense at all for the whole thing is made into a sort of comedy. Key elements of the book had been changed in this movie (and almost all others) as well. Many key characters had their names and character traits changed... for example: In the book, we are introduced to Anthony Marston, a shallow, suave, good looking fellow. To take his place in the movie is a Russian prince who cannot act for beans... There is also the gripe about the ending... The ending was supposed to follow the title And Then There Were NONE! They don't even make the climax exciting... just a bunch of talk and a suggestion of suicide... While this one is the only one (Out of the original 4 successful English/American versions) to get the setting right maybe one of the reasons it has been called the best of the versions. The only thing that I could find in this movie praise worthy was June Dupres's interpretation of Vera Claythorne whom I thought was wonderful... I am told the Russian version is great, but I have yet to see it.

My personal favorite versions are:

Ten Little Indians 1989 ( many consider this the worst, but I enjoyed it... at least it had an exciting ending!)

Ten Little Indians 1959 (this is a hard to find one... It stars Nina Foch... I think that's her name.)

Ten Little Indians 1975 ( another version the critics condemned, but I found it to be the only one to treat the plot seriously and give it suspense.)

And Then There Were None (yes, this version)

Ten Little Indians 1965? ( The poorest adaptation in my minds eye... every thing has been changed!)


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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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Rene Clair Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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