Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians (And Then There Were None) Reviews
Whilst this maintains faithful to the original mystery, it lacks the atmosphere director Rene Clair brought to his version of the story.
Although some of the murders and descriptions of the guests' crimes do not follow the original rhyme, this was obviously done to update the movie for a 1960s audience. The two women guests were made younger and hipper; one was played by Shirley Eaton who later played Jill Masters in Goldfinger.
More curious was the casting of Fabian as a fading, obnoxious entertainer. If the purpose to allow the viewer to cheer his demise, it succeeded.
The major failing is one that I have with many book adaptations: the ending was changed to a more positive one. Not everyone dies in this version which is at odds with the very downbeat ending of her original mystery thriller.
"That's not funny."
Shirley Eaton is perfectly cast and Wilfrid Hyde-White has the right tone for this light drama. George Pollock directs the whole thing like it was on auto pilot, there's no sense of location or perspective. It's also badly edited and a crucial scene at the end is flat. The twists at the end is not all surprising but sort of makes you smile so I'm giving it an extra star for the end.