And Then There Were None is directed by René Clair and adapted to screenplay by Dudley Nichols from the Agatha Christie novel Ten Little Indians. It stars Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, June Duprez and Roland Young. Music is by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot.
Ten strangers are summoned to Indian Island by the mysterious Mr Owen. When he fails to arrive for dinner, the guests continue without him, only to be told by a gramophone record that their past links to murder are known. Unable to leave the remote island for a couple of days, the group soon come to find that there is a chance that none of them will leave the island alive.....
The number of remakes and similar themed films of its ilk that surfaced post René Clair's take on the Christie story, have some what diluted the value and impact of it. Here is a mid 40s movie thriving on the mystery element whilst not shedding an ounce of blood as the murders begin to stack up. In fact it has an air of breeziness that sits alongside the more suspenseful moments that form the core of the plot. However, this is still a superior murder mystery movie, well crafted by the director and nicely played by the ensemble cast of little known character actors. True enough to say the ending, changed from the source material, doesn't carry the dramatic bang that could have been garnered if the era of its making had allowed it to, but the production value is high and the outcome is never easy to predict.
A touch overrated in some quarters, but still a thoroughly enjoyable experience. 7/10