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Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1981)

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In this made-for-television mystery (adapted from a novel by Agatha Christie) a man dying on a beach utters the question "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Amateur detectives Frankie and Bobby subsequently begin digging for an explanation for the enigmatic query, which leads them to an utterly surprising conclusion.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
London Weekend Television

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Cast

Francesca Annis
as Lady Frances Derwent
Joan Hickson
as Mrs. Rivington
Eric Porter
as Dr. Nicholson
John Gielgud
as Reverend Jones
Leigh Lawson
as Roger Bassington-ffrench
Bernard Miles
as Dr. Thomas
Madeleine Smith
as Moira Nicholson
Connie Booth
as Sylvia Bassington-ffrench
Robert Longden
as Badger Beadon
Doris Hare
as Rose Pratt
Rowland Davies
as Dr. George Arbuthnot
James Cossins
as Henry Bassington-ffrench
Mitzi Rogers
as Mrs. Cayman
John Pennington
as Mr. Cayman
Lynda
as Mrs. Roberts
Deddie Davies
as post-mistress
Frank Tregear
as Mr. Roberts
John Horsley
as Mr. Spragge
Charles Morgan
as Coroner
Leon Sinden
as Mr. Owen
Elaine Wells
as Nurse Fletcher
Eirik Barclay
as Tommy Bassington-ffrench
Raymond Francis
as Earl of Marchington
Sally Grace
as Nurse Villard
Chris Cregan
as Reeves
Michael Stainton
as Mr. Askew
Hugh Morton
as Barker
Arnold Peters
as Innkeeper
Norman Mitchell
as Constable Browning
Artro Morris
as Ticket Inspector
Terence Soall
as Doctor
Kate David
as Hotel waitress
Penny Ryder
as Cafe waitress
Roy Boyd
as Alan Carstairs
Derek Hollis
as PC Bunner
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Audience Reviews for Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

Incredibly faithful adaptation of Christie's novel... unfortunately, it is also incredibly drawn out... It might actually have benefited by trimming down some of the Christie's text. As for the mystery plot, has some interesting twists and turns, but it is fairly contrived overall (for instance, there is no reason why the dying man would utter those particular words - they are nothing more than a McGuffin to get the plot moving forward). This contrivance is not the filmmaker's fault but the original Christie novel, which stretched plausibility from the beginning. Still, interesting and entertaining. Highly recommended for Christie fans, solid recommendation for mystery fans, but only a mild recommendation for all others...

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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