7.7/10
1,604
14 user 4 critic

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987)

Miss Marple: 4.50 from Paddington (original title)
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.

Director:

Martyn Friend

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), T.R. Bowen (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Miss Marple: Nemesis (TV Movie 1987)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Miss Marple receives a cryptic letter requesting her to right an unknown injustice, but receives no hint other than a ticket for guided tour of historic homes.

Director: David Tucker
Stars: Joan Hickson, Peter Tilbury, Frank Gatliff
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Director: Christopher Petit
Stars: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

At a reception for a fading film star making a screen comeback, a gushing, pushy fan is poisoned by a drink apparently meant for the actress.

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Joan Hickson, Claire Bloom, Barry Newman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

Director: John Davies
Stars: Joan Hickson, Geraldine Alexander, John Moulder-Brown
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.

Director: Mary McMurray
Stars: Joan Hickson, Caroline Blakiston, Helena Michell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Miss Marple is invited to the manor house of an old friend, it is not long before a puzzling murder puts her mind to work.

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Joan Hickson, Jean Simmons, Joss Ackland
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

Director: Julian Amyes
Stars: Joan Hickson, Paul Eddington, Cheryl Campbell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three takes her own life, following such a letter, Ms. Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Michael Culver, Elizabeth Counsell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman, Miss Marple seeks a murderer with a penchant for nursery rhymes.

Director: Guy Slater
Stars: Joan Hickson, Timothy West, Fabia Drake
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

Stars: Gwen Watford, Moray Watson, Valentine Dyall
Marple (2004–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Jane Marple
Juliette Mole Juliette Mole ... Anna Stravinska
David Beames David Beames ... Bryan Eastley
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Mrs. McGillicuddy
Nicholas Blane ... Paddington Porter
Katy Jarrett Katy Jarrett ... Mary
Leslie Adams Leslie Adams ... Desk Sergeant
David Horovitch ... Detective Inspector Slack
Ian Brimble ... Detective Sergeant Lake
Rhoda Lewis ... Mrs. Brogan
Jill Meager Jill Meager ... Lucy Eyelesbarrow
Joanna David ... Emma Crackenthorpe
Maurice Denham ... Luther Crackenthorpe
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt ... Dr. John Quimper
Pamela Pitchford Pamela Pitchford ... Mrs. Kidder
Edit

Storyline

When Miss Marple's visiting friend sees a woman being strangled on a passing train, they immediately report it to the police. Inspector Slack sees Miss Marple as a bit of a busy body and drops the investigation after only a few days. Miss Marple however determines that there is only one spot along the line where a body could have been dumped and it happens to be very near the Crackenthorpe estate. She asks a professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go there undercover as a domestic. She soon finds the dead woman's body at which time the police take on a renewed interest but it is left to Miss Marple to solve the mystery. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Coincidentally, the main setting for this story is "Rutherford Hall"; between 1961 and 1965 actress Margaret Rutherford played Miss Jane Marple in several productions, including "Murder She Said" (1961), a previous version of this same story. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Quimper takes the old man's blood pressure near the end of the movie, he doesn't have the stethoscope earpieces in his ears. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: But of course you must go on searching, Inspector! Now you might say that Elspeth is not a sophisticated person, but, I assure you, she has both feet firmly on the ground. She saw what she saw!
See more »

Connections

Followed by Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Crackenthorpe Family Values
23 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

4:50 From Paddington Station was also the first Agatha Christie Miss Marple story to be adapted for Margaret Rutherford in Murder She Said. Comparing the two is six of one, half a dozen of the other.

For the big screen the characters of the woman who saw the strangling on a passing train and the woman who Miss Marple sends in as a housekeeper to scout out the terrain are eliminated. Rutherford's character serves as both and one of the biggest strengths of the film is Rutherford doing her own scouting and sleuthing and her scenes with ailing family patriarch James Robertson Justice are a hoot and a half.

Joan Hickson's Jane Marple is a milder sort, but still a woman who doesn't miss much. This version is faithful to the Christie story and has a friend of Miss Marple see the strangling of a woman and her being thrown out the window of a train going the other way. But no body turns up near the tracks. At that point Hickson goes into action and determines that the body was most likely thrown off near the Crackenthorpe estate. At that point she sends in Jill Meager as an operative so to speak.

The Crackenthorpes are wealthy British family, new money, they got rich manufacturing breakfast cereal. And they've got an ailing patriarch with one of those crazy wills that provide a host of relatives as suspects.

I will say this, the same perpetrator in the Margaret Rutherford movie does the deed again in 4:50 From Paddington Station. And nearly gets away with it, but for an unexpected witness.

A little slow, but more is explained and the murder itself doesn't seem quite as contrived as the Rutherford film.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed