Love From a Stranger (1937)
Based on her short story “Philomel Cottage,” Love From a Stranger was made in England in 1937. The story, from one of Christie’s peak creative periods, is an atmospheric thriller starring Basil Rathbone and Ann Harding, as his imperiled bride. (According to Rathbone, producer Darryl F. Zanuck cast him as Sherlock Holmes based on this performance. “So you can say it was actually Agatha Christie who got me typecast as Holmes for all those years!” Rathbone later said.) Adapted from a London and Broadway stage hit by Frank Vosper, it featured future Miss Marple Jane Hickson in a supporting role.