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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be disappointed!
When ten strangers all go to the secluded, island mansion of a mysterious Mr. U.N. Owen, they suddenly find that Owen wants them all dead. One by one, each is murdered in the same way as the ten little Indians in the nursery rhyme. Can the survivors find the murderer before it's too late? Watch and find out! [Black-and-white, released in 1945, with a running time of...
Published on 3 Sep 2004 by Kurt A. Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Comedy/Thiller by the Queen of Thrillers
---this is a film of its time, the 1940s, a bit corny but great fun and as ever, Christie makes you think you've worked out the killer when you haven't! Black and White and no subtitles but because the diction was so much clearer in those days, you probably won't need them (even if, like me you usually do!)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be disappointed!, 3 Sep 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
When ten strangers all go to the secluded, island mansion of a mysterious Mr. U.N. Owen, they suddenly find that Owen wants them all dead. One by one, each is murdered in the same way as the ten little Indians in the nursery rhyme. Can the survivors find the murderer before it's too late? Watch and find out! [Black-and-white, released in 1945, with a running time of 1:37.]
This is a great movie, filled with excitement and suspense. The characters are quite interesting, and the storyline is wonderful (the movie being based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same name). I must say that, for me, Barry Fitzgerald simply stole the show, and the black-and-white film adds to the brooding tone of the movie.
So, if you are a fan of old time movies, or simply love a good mystery, then I highly recommend this movie to you. You will not be disappointed!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black humor and murder, with some vivid actors, 19 July 2007
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Eight strangers arrive by boat at an isolated island where they were invited for the weekend to the mansion of Mr. U. N. Owen. They are greeted by the two servants, the butler and his wife, the cook. They are shown their rooms and told that at dinner they will meet their host. So starts a great Forties' movie, And Then There Were None, based on the Agatha Christie mystery, Ten Little Indians.

After dinner when Mr. Owen fails to appear, the butler puts a record on the gramophone and Mr. Owen speaks. He accuses everyone he invited, including the butler and the cook, of murder. There's the judge who sent an innocent man to be hanged. The doctor who drunkenly and fatally botched an operation. The general who sent his wife's lover to his death in battle. The detective whose perjured testimony sent a man to the gallows. There's consternation and denial. Drinks are served. The first to die is a Russian prince who strangles on cyanide in the middle of a song. And the plaster sculpture of ten little Indians, the centerpiece of the dining room table, has one little Indian smashed. As the hours pass, more die, each in the manner of the nursery rhyme

This is a wonderful movie, and very much a product of it's time. Everything about it speaks of professionalism and craftsmanship. There's not a slow moment. The suspense steadily builds. The mystery gets more and more mysterious. And while there is suspense and dread, there also is much wit and black humor. The mansion's rooms are unsettling even when they're empty. The rocky coast of the island, the grey clouds and the smashing surf make somber and unnerving backgrounds. The conclusion of the movie, when all is made clear, is amusing, satisfying and clever.

Two things stand out. First, the mystery is genuinely clever. Not too many people, seeing this for the first time, are going to figure things out. Second, the acting is great and the characters are portrayed by a whole boatload of terrific character actors: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Roland Young, Mischa Auer, Judith Anderson, C. Aubrey Smith, Richard Hayden (perfect as the adenoidal butler), Queenie Leonard. And there's also June Duprez and Louis Hayward. They work together extremely well. This is ensemble acting before ensemble acting was talked about so much.

The movie is in the public domain, so you have to be careful about the version you might buy.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Now we don't even know where to find the marmalade.", 24 Mar 2006
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8 people are invited to a remote island "Indian Island" mansion by their host Mr. U. N. Owen; two people are already there as the butler and cook, a husband and wife team. Once there they find that their mysterious host has accused each of murder and commences to dispatch the guests in the order of a song of Ten Little Indians. Finding that they are cut off from the outside world they must find Mr. Owen and neutralize him before they are all dispatched. If it gets down to the last two you have a pretty good idea who it is.
All the clues are present; can you detect whodunit and why?
Pretty well acted version of an Agatha Christie classic. Everyone remembers this standard movie version "And Then There Were None" (1945) with Barry Fitzgerald. Several other attempts were made such as "And Then There Were None" (1974) with Elke Sommer and even one movie with the original book title "Ten Little Niggers" (1949) with John Bentley. A fun adaptation using a remote mountain dwelling is "Ten Little Indians" (1965) with Hugh O'Brian plays Hugh Lombard.
In this screen play version by Dudley Nichols, Hugh Lombard even keeps much of the dialog of the novel and is worth adding to you Agatha Christy collection. Many of the actors are popular of the time such as Walter Huston who plays Dr. Edward G. Armstrong. He is popular for the Walter Huston dance in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) and as Mr. Scratch in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping Murder Mystery who done it, 23 Feb 2002
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This film is a good english who done it murder mystery. One of Agatha Christies classics, written around the war time for the stage. Its a fantasic film which keeps you watching. Its quite old fashioned however its a really good story. The film is based around a childs song which the murder is using to kill his/her victims. The story is based in a house where the people are all invited by an old friend. The quests do not know each other very well and one by one they are being killed.
One of my old time favourites which is a must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And Then There Were None [1945] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 14 Jun 2014
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And Then There Were None [1945] [Blu-ray] [US Import] HIGHLY SUSPENCEFUL AGATHA CHRISTIE YARN!

Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a lavish estate on an island. Through a recording, their mysterious host accuses each of his guests of murder and proceeds to exact justice. The tension mounts as, one by one; the number of people is reduced through the ingenious plotting of the unseen killer. Finally only two are left and each is uncertain as to whether or not the other is the murderer. A top cast of veteran performers, bring the intricate twist of the plot to life. One of the most thrilling novels and best adaptations of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery novel ‘And Then There Were None,’ climaxes at the spine tingling conclusion. Though its subject matter is dark, the screenplay injects considerable wit and humour into the proceedings, especially as you watch a thriller that has carved its own special niche in the realm of tales of suspense and mystery. Previously released by 20th Century Fox.

Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, Sir C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard and Harry Thurston

Director: René Clair

Producers: René Clair, Harry M. Popkin and Harry M. Popkin (uncredited)

Screenwriter: Dudley Nichols [Agatha Christie]

Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Cinematography: Lucien N. Andriot

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Audio: English: 2.0 PCM Mono

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 97 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: VCI Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Agatha Christie's murder story ‘And Then There Were None’ [aka Ten Little Indians] is by this point so well-known and has been adapted, referenced and spoofed so many times on stage, screen, television, radio and even a video game, that its return to this Blu-ray disc in its best and most famous film version ever, and to have this 1945 edition directed by René Clair, is very welcome indeed.

If Alfred Hitchcock is considered to be the Master of Suspense, then by all means should Agatha Christie be declared Mistress of the same arena? Her works of mystery have sparked countless stage and screen adaptations, one of the best-known being 1945's ‘And Then There Were None.’ Boasting of an impressive cast that includes the likes of Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald, this film, based on the novel “Ten Little Indians,” has long since proven itself to be the veritable template for a big chunk of the murder mysteries to follow in the years after its release. At first it was considered cliché by genre standards, but by no means does that deter from the suspenseful magic that the picture manages to weave over the course of the running time.

The set-up is very simple. Ten seemingly random individuals have been brought together under rather unusual circumstances. The group, which ranges from a wise judge [Barry Fitzgerald] and an alcoholic doctor [Walter Huston] to a shy secretary [June Duprez] and a dashing explorer [Louis Hayward], has been invited to a sprawling island mansion as the guests of host U.N. Mr. Owen. None of them knows who the elusive Mr. Owen is, but he's certainly familiar with them, as a record he leaves to be played condemns each of the ten for a past crime they may or may not have committed.

The situation turns grimmer when one of the guests mysteriously dies, with another strange death following the next day. The survivors quickly determine that these deaths were no coincidences. They surmise that their homicidal host has taken it upon himself to punish them for their misdeeds, picking them off one by one in the style of the "Ten Little Indians" nursery rhyme. But as the guests start attempting to weed Mr. Owen out, they come to another shocking conclusion: the killer they're searching for may just be one of their own.

‘And Then There Were None’ isn't an especially complex or convoluted mystery, but it doesn't need to be. It's just a simple "whodunit" that coasts along rather well on the effective, bare-bones nature of its story. You just have to know what happens next, and for the most part, director Rene Clair does a nifty job of always keeping the story moving in an intriguing direction. He does this by making the wise decision to cast suspicion on each and every one of the characters.

In retrospect, the one who turns out to be the mysterious Mr. Owen is a no-brainer, but watching the film for the first time, the viewer is in a true state of suspense, as little hints and red herrings are scattered throughout, endowing all of the characters with the potential to commit murder. With an island setting that proves to be as expansive as it is claustrophobic, And Then There Were None really knows how to keep one on his toes, cooking up an atmosphere that goes along perfectly with the story.

The few speed bumps encountered along the way aren't crippling, but the distractions they provide are definitely noticeable. As there tends to be with a lot of murder mysteries, there's quite a bit of down time in between killings. This leaves portions of the film in which the characters just wander around until the next addition to the body count furthers the plot.

There's some investigation involved, but a lot of the time, we get Fitzgerald's character serving as a one-man army, coming up with explanations left and right while the others sit around waiting to be knocked off. The pacing tends to get a little wobbly and repetitive as a result, but as I mentioned before, it's not enough to completely ruin the flick as a whole.

The varied selection of actors and characters make sure that the viewers are involved one way or another. The film's finest performances belong to Huston as the disgraced doctor and Richard Haydn as the obligatory butler, who, in one of the script's more darkly comedic moments, refuses to serve dinner after being accused of being the killer.

One problem with screen versions of the murder mystery genre is that it is too easy for characters to have their intentions uncovered prematurely due to the directing of the actors and their expressions. Unlike some of the many later adaptations, this version does a good job of maintaining suspense up until the final scene when the truth is revealed. René Clair keeps us guessing what will happen next, while offering limited foreshadowing. Suspicion is cast on all parties as the characters grapple with their predicament, and the cast does a fine job relaying their fear and anxiety without exposing the answer to the enigma. The cinematography utilizes the location effectively, with constant reminders of their desolation adding to the atmosphere, and odd, deliberate camera angles heighten the tension. Like all Agatha Christie mysteries, the finale puts all the pieces together, and the ending here, while predictable to a point, is satisfying, if liberally adapted for the screen. While not exactly faithful to the novel, it is a good translation in tone. For an excellent, old fashioned whodunit, you can't go wrong with this Blu-ray release of this ‘And Then There Were None.’

Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘And Then There Were None’ is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of VCI Entertainment with a 1080p transfer and an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. In the years after its release, ‘And Then There Were None’ fell into the public domain, and it has been released onto DVD by various distributors. It hasn't looked pristine in a very long time, and this new release on Blu-ray from VCI Entertainment, is no exception. The sad news, since VCI Entertainment is touting this on its artwork as "Newly Restored!" It may be newly restored, but it certainly hasn't been restored to anything resembling immaculate condition.

There is graininess, unsteadiness, and most of all a general softness to the image, which looks like it may have been sourced from a 16mm print. While not a terrible transfer, the hope created by the "newly restored" verbiage on the box cover makes this a disappointing one. VCI Entertainment is generally a reliable company that puts out good versions of hard-to-see classics and public domain titles, so this is an anomaly for them. But all that being said, this version is still watchable, so this release is still recommended.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – ‘And Then There Were None’ has a 2.0 PCM Mono track and sounds reasonably problem free, given realistic expectations. There's some very slight distortion evident in the music, but dialogue comes through nicely, albeit with a fair amount of hiss. There are a few pops that haven't been completely eliminated, but overall everything is easy to hear, if not endowed with much dynamic range.

Finally, ‘And Then There Were None’ is a perfect gem of a classic film of its genre, but its sadly VCI Entertainment probably did their best, whatever elements it was able to scrape together, but their efforts are hampered by some odd decisions, notably making this release so very dark. Things aren't horrible here — but there's still is an abundance of grain, so whatever clean-up was done, was done with a naturally filmic look in mind — but my sense is someone is going to need to find much better elements and then really meticulously restore them frame by frame in order for ‘And Then There Were None’ to really pop in high definition. Despite this being the only high definition copy available at this moment in time, I am really pleased and excited to add this to my extensive Blu-ray Collection and if you are into good Murder Mystery type genre, then this is a definite must. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great mystery, 9 July 2009
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This film was recommended but I thought it was an old Agatha Christie thriller and as I had just started reading her thrillers, I thought it was an old film and would not been any good due to transferring story to film. But how wrong I was! The atmosphere and acting is very good and as I had not heard of this Christie thiller before I tried to guess the killer but the ending really was a surprise. It is a gem and I recommenfd this film to all thriller lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Atmospheric old film., 19 Jun 2011
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I have always loved this film and bought it recently on DVD.
Of all the versions this is obviously the best out there but I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 because having seen it once more after all these years it is a little too light compared to my memory of seeing it when I was younger.
Some comedy moments are justified and well placed,the sea sick Russian prince(By the way,why do they change character names and the guests crimes for no apparent reason???-this has always baffled me in film making),the deaf general etc.
But to fault it I would have to point out that the alleged guilt of Vera Claythorn is glossed over with a "If I told you I was innocent would you believe me?" Why? because she is the young,pretty woman? I suppose that was the way in the 1940's. But my main contention point is ex-detective William Blore,his cockney chappie is a bit grating and I found myself asking who he reminded me of...then I realised he reminded of the dimwitted Inspector Lastrade of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes films.A case of over acting if ever there was as is the butler,Mr Rogers when he tells his wife to "Shut up!!" after the gramaphone record played their accusations... That particular scene reminded me of the old Todd Slaughter B movies about Sweeney Todd etc...pure ham!!!
But all in all,still a great,classic film but with the passage of time it seems to lacks real menace.
Best acting honours would have to go to IMO Walter Huston as Dr. Armstrong.
Having said all that I would take this film to a desert island any day of the week over all the blood & guts horror films churned out these days.
PS....
What did surprise me though when listening to the audio CD is that the original ending in the book is completely different to all 4 western film versions!!!!! Which made the CD all the more enjoyable as it was a geniune surprise.
The only film with the original ending is the Russian version.I haven't seen it but I wouldn't let the fact it was Russian put me off. I have seen the Russian versions of 6 or 7 Sherlock Holmes films and I have to say they all get 5 stars for acting,period detail and sticking to the original books!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AND THEN THERE WERE NONE- or maybe some!, 13 Mar 2011
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The 1930s-40s era resulted in some great films. This whodunnit- based on Ten Little Indians, by the Mistress of the Unexpected, Agatha Christie, also features a superb cast: Walter Huston (The Doctor) and Barry Fitzgerald (The Judge) are paired together, while Louis Hayward, a smooth charmer in the Ronald Colman mould and June Duprez, more serious in appearance than her glamorous role in A.E.W.Mason's The Four Feathers, provide the love interest. In between, comes that genial, rather worried actor Roland 'Topper' Young, reinventing his other screen role as a Cockney character with a fallable memory. Other immediately identifiable faces from supporting roles make their appearances, then effortlessly depart the scene of the plot, while the main cast attempt to unravel the mystery. Verification of their demise comes in the shape of a circular cake on a kitchen table, where surround figures are found broken off, one by one. The main setting is a roomy house situated on a cliff top, while outside and beneath the French windows lies series of craggy rocks, continuously washed over by a foaming sea. The action involves room by room altercations to identify the suggested killer among them. Minor figures in the plot: i.e. the butler and his wife, go early on, but nobody appears too concerned, as they are deemed less important, but as the backdrop varies between inside and outside locations, the tangled situation and conversation levels increase in speed and diversity. Minor suspicions and a billiard room portrayal of potted balls brings touches of satyrical humour to an otherwise sordid situation. While one of the bodies is pictured with a bullet hole in his forehead, another is found lying dead on the sandy beach. Something or other, is not quite right! But subterfuge is finally suspected, and love ultimately wins the day. Bill Newman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, 13 Jan 2010
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EXCELLENT FILM. NEVER SEEN THIS VERSION BEFORE BUT WELL WORTH VIEWING. EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES FROM ALL INVOLVED AND IT'S FILMED ON AN EXTRAORDINARY LOCATION!! I WOULD LOVE TO GO THERE IF IT STILL EXISTED!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Now we don't even know where to find the marmalade.", 3 Sep 2008
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8 people are invited to a remote island "Indian Island" mansion by their host Mr. U. N. Owen; two people are already there as the butler and cook, a husband and wife team. Once there they find that their mysterious host has accused each of murder and commences to dispatch the guests in the order of a song of Ten Little Indians. Finding that they are cut off from the outside world they must find Mr. Owen and neutralize him before they are all dispatched. If it gets down to the last two you have a pretty good idea who it is.

All the clues are present; can you detect whodunit and why?

Pretty well acted version of an Agatha Christie classic. Everyone remembers this standard movie version "And Then There Were None" (1945) with Barry Fitzgerald. Several other attempts were made such as "And Then There Were None" (1974) with Elke Sommer and even one movie with the original book title "Ten Little Niggers" (1949) with John Bentley. A fun adaptation using a remote mountain dwelling is "Ten Little Indians" (1965) with Hugh O'Brian plays Hugh Lombard.

In this screen play version by Dudley Nichols, Philip Lombard (Louis Hayward) even keeps much of the dialog of the novel and is worth adding to your Agatha Christy collection. Many of the actors are popular of the time such as Walter Huston who plays Dr. Edward G. Armstrong. He is popular for the Walter Huston dance in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) and as Mr. Scratch in "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1941).
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