Mary's Agatha Christie Blog

Having launched the website This blog was created in response to the emails I received from other Agatha Christie fans telling me just exactly what they think about a wide-ranging selection of Agatha Christie related matters. My son David (see profile below) has very kindly offered to host the Agatha Christie blog for me, along side his forensic psychology blogs which you should check out if you get the chance - fascinating stuff.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Agatha Christie Trivia

On an occasional basis, I intend to share little snippets of Agatha Christie trivia with the visitors to my Agatha Christie website.

The first ten bits of trivia that will be appearing soon are as follows:

Regrettably, Agatha Christie never did actually say ‘The very best husband a woman can have is an archaeologist because the older she becomes the more interested he is in her.’

Her second marriage, to archaeologist Max Mallowan, took place in St Columba’s Church, Edinburgh.

Husband and wife team of Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim played the two leads in the original production of ‘The Mousetrap.’

Agatha Christie based Miss Marple upon the character of Caroline Sheppard in ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.’

Her uncle Edward trained as a medical student, but had to give it up as he couldn’t stand the sight of blood.

She broke her engagement to a young man called Reggie Lucy in order to marry Archie Christie

Agatha Christie once chloroformed a hedgehog that had got entangled in a tennis net in order to set it free.

She considered ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’ ‘commonplace, full of clichés, with an uninteresting plot’.

On her first journey on the Orient Express, Agatha got badly bitten by bedbugs.

Charles Laughton was the first person to play Hercule Poirot in the stage play ‘Alibi.’

Friday, October 13, 2006

Witness For The Prosecution

I watched witness for the prosecution with a friend recently and I had forgotten just how good it is. A fabulous twisty plot, of course, but also excellent acting, especially from the wonderful Charles Laughton and his real-life wife Elsa Lanchester.

The transition from stage play to the big screen is not always entirely successful, but I think witness for the prosecution managed to perfectly balance the intimacy of the theatre with some wider-ranging scenes.

Of course, it was directed by the great Billy Wilder, so a highly polished production is only to be expected and witness for the prosecution has really achieved the status of a classic.

My friend had never seen Witness for the Prosecution before and she thoroughly enjoyed it, being completely taken in by Dame Agatha’s devious plotting.

For more information on Witness For The Prosecution and to view a great clip from the film, visit the main All About Agatha Christie Website.

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