- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00000IO3S
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
And Then There Were None [DVD]  [US Import] [NTSC]
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At first glance, René Clair might seem an odd match for Agatha Christie's mystery thriller And Then There Were None, but his buoyant touch is exactly what is missing from so many overly solemn remakes. Ten strangers gather for a mysterious gathering on a secluded island. It turns out to be a farewell party, for they have all been sentenced to die for crimes in their past by a self-appointed judge, jury and executioner who could be one of them. One by one, the guests are systematically dispatched as described in the lyrics of the children's rhyme "Ten Little Indians", while the survivors nervously eye one another, splintering into tenuous alliances until the next murder throws suspicion on someone new. A terrific cast of character actors have a ball with Dudley Nichols's witty script. The flamboyant sparring of Barry Fitzgerald (whose paternal Irish lilt takes a sinister dimension) and Walter Huston is almost upstaged by Roland Young's deadpan drollery. Romantic leads Louis Hayward and June Duprez come off as arch and stiff in a company that includes a sinisterly detached Judith Anderson, a dotty and distracted C Aubrey Smith, and a hilariously flippant Mischa Auer. The story has been remade numerous times under the title of Christie's novel, Ten Little Indians, but never as well as this 1945 version. Clair's effervescent, lively little gem is a fatal drawing-room comedy with a body count and a surreal mood of doom. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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I like atmospheric films, and this has plenty of that. In case your not familiar with the tale, ten strangers visit a remote island, they all soon discover that they have at least one thing in common, and have been gathered together by the mysterious Mr Owen. When Owen fails to arrive, the strangers have lunch together, realise that they are unable to leave, and one by one they are killed off. You will have fun trying to pick out the murderer, and the ending, which raps things up nicely, will come as a surprise.
Considering this movie was made in 1945, I think it holds up very well. It has spawned a remake (the often unfairly degraded 'Ten Little Indians' in 1965), and has inspired various other films. 'Then There Were None' is great fun, with lots of dark humour from a group of interesting characters, portrayed brilliantly by the capable cast.
This wonderful, old-fashioned mystery is based on a novel by Agatha Christie. One by one, the guests are killed off according to the children's rhyme, "Ten Little Indians," and the audience is kept guessing until the ending (which differs from the book, but is still good). The stellar cast includes Barry Fitzgerald as the judge, Walter Huston as the doctor, and Louis Hayward (who looks and sounds like a young Orson Welles) as the enigmatic Phillip Lombard.
The eerie old house perched high above the crashing surf is the perfect setting for thrills in the dark and the witty script reflects the clever and worldly characters. It's a great whodunit, done without offensive language or on-screen violence. Highly recommended.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good movie, we watched it several times. Definitely recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Suzana
agather christy is one of the best at her craft and this film does it's best though falls a little shortPublished 6 months ago by Lisa Stevens
Great cast & still the best filmed version of this Christie classicPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic and one of the best versions - possibly rivalled by the 1965 version - it has all the suspense cliches of the time but still manages to hold the attention. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Malvolio O
This is good, very good. I have seen on TV some 30 years ago and I am glad I found it. Now while watching the story I remembered parts of
it. Read more
I remember watching this movie when I was ten in 1972, I love black & white movies so finding this movie was a real treat for me, and it is still a great show to watch, and the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Edward Phillips