Agatha Christie on the Big and Small Screen

Even though Dame Agatha may not have enjoyed adaptations of her mysteries, audiences have been loving them for decades

(Maura McCarthy)

And Then There Were None (1945)

And Then There Were None
(Everett Collection)
The French director René Clair brought ghoulish humor to this adaptation of Ten Little Indians, a whodunit with a “Who’s Who” cast of Hollywood character actors including Walter Huston, Sir C. Aubrey Smith and Barry Fitzgerald, who had just won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Going My Way. Screenwriter Dudley Nichols worked from Dame Agatha’s play, which changed the ending of her 1939 novel about a group of strangers brought together for a weekend party that turns deadly. The tricky plot was so durable that the film has been remade several times: a BBC TV version in 1949; as Ten Little Indians in 1966 with Hugh O’Brian and Wilfrid Hyde-White; 1975’s Ten Little Indians, set in Iran and starring Sir Richard Attenborough; a 1989 version starring Donald Pleasence; and Desyat negrityat, made at the Odessa Film Studio in 1987.

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