You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

Cast:
Hugh O'Brian Shirley Eaton Fabian Leo Genn Stanley Holloway Wilfrid Hyde White

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

More Film

  • Mipcom: Sisde Babett Knudsen on her

    Mipcom: Sisde Babett Knudsen on her Conversion to TV Drama

    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 […]

  • Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The

    Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’

    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 […]

  • Abbas Kiarostami

    APSA to Honor Late Abbas Kiarostami, Newcomer Ilgar Najaf

    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 […]

  • village rockstars TIFF

    Village Rockstars,' ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival

    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 […]

  • Vivien Leigh

    Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From 'Feud: Bette and Joan' Writers (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

  • Bill Nighy

    Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy 'Made in Italy'

    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 […]

  • Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing

    Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing Motherhood and Filmmaking

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content