Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
December 22, 2021 2:31 PM - Season 3, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Poirot is asked to protect a woman from her violent husband, but events take a turn when the husband soon becomes the victim of a gruesome murder.
posted by Carillon (4 comments total)
Very interesting resolution, though it's certainly one of those Poirot plots that would be better resolved in married couples could talk about their feelings. I thought it was clever, but even in the demonstration it would take way to much time I'd think to be an effective way of murdering someone.
posted by Carillon at 2:33 PM on December 22, 2021

No time to scream? Maybe the music and the thickness of the wood chest would mask it.

Since the screen blocked the view from the chest to the rest of the room plus the noise of the music plus everyone else’s conversations, it seems like this was a rather stupid plan. Anyway, always nice to see Pip Torrens.

Does the walking stick that Poirot carries have a sword inside? Has that ever been established?
posted by TWinbrook8 at 9:41 AM on December 23, 2021

poirot is not the stabbing sort, that's captain hasting's job

also this episode legit traumatized me as a kid
posted by serif at 9:10 AM on December 24, 2021

No time to scream? ... it seems like this was a rather stupid plan

These points were better handled in the original story. The reason Arnold Clayton did not scream was because he had stopped for a drink with the murderer before going to hide in the chest, and the murderer had drugged his drink. And his purpose in hiding was not to watch what was happening during the party, but to discover the truth of what happened afterwards. "Perhaps his wife will stay behind the others, perhaps she will go but come back again. That night the desperate, jealousy-racked man will know…"

In the ITV version they could not resist the dramatic and gruesome image of the eye seen and stabbed through the peephole, but this came at some cost to the coherence of the plot. Probably a fair trade-off for television purposes, where images matter more than coherency.
posted by cyanistes at 2:04 PM on January 20, 2022

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