Review: ‘Ten Little Indians’

Second film version [after And Then There Were None] of Agatha Christie's endurable variation on the old idea of putting a group of disparate characters into a confined situation and letting them be killed one by one shapes up as a good suspenser. The film was made entirely in Ireland although the setting has been changed to what appears to be a solitary schloss in the Austrian Alps.

Second film version [after And Then There Were None] of Agatha Christie’s endurable variation on the old idea of putting a group of disparate characters into a confined situation and letting them be killed one by one shapes up as a good suspenser. The film was made entirely in Ireland although the setting has been changed to what appears to be a solitary schloss in the Austrian Alps.

Director George Pollock, despite a script with complicated credits (screenplay by Peter Yeldham, based on a script by Dudley Nichols, and adapted by Peter Welbeck, based on the Christie novel and play, Ten Little Niggers), works quite a bit of suspense into the restricted action, successfully hiding identity of the tenth Indian without resorting to too many ‘red herrings’.

One major switch, an unfortunate one, has the first victim, originally an eccentric prince, changed to an American rock ‘n’ roll singer (Fabian, in an embarrassingly bad performance).

A one-minute ‘whodunit break’ is inserted near the end when the action is suspended while the audience is encouraged to guess the murderer’s identity.

Ten Little Indians

UK

Production

Tenlit. Director George Pollock; Producer Harry Alan Towers; Screenplay Peter Yeldham; Camera Ernest Steward; Editor Peter Boita; Music Malcolm Lockyer; Art Director Frank White

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Hugh O'Brian Shirley Eaton Fabian Leo Genn Stanley Holloway Wilfrid Hyde White
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading