The Best Possible All-Star Cast of the Orient Express Back In 1956


Creating the perfect cast for a movie version of Agatha Christie’s eternal classic, Murder on the Orient Express, is quite a current topic, since Kenneth Branagh is busy assembling his cast for his 2017 release. But what would the perfect cast have looked like if the movie had first been made in 1956? If I had been responsible for choosing the actors, the following poster would have been displayed in front of the cinemas!

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The Costume of the Little Tramp – a Moment of Inspiration or a Huge Theft?


Almost all of the iconic costumes in cinema history came to life after a long period of planning and perfecting by the most famous costume designers ever. The Little Tramp, according to Chaplin at least, was brought to life quite differently. It all happened in a lonely dressing room, just a couple of minutes before he was needed on the stage. Is it possibly true that one of the most important figures of the movies was born without a moment of planning? Or was Chaplin borrowing elements from fellow comedians and forgot to mention it in his autobiography some 50 years later? Let’s see if we can find out the truth!

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‘And Then There Was No More’ – the Final Day of The Agatha Christie Blogathon Is Here


It’s hard to believe but we have reached the last day of The Agatha Christie Blogathon which we’ve been hosting with Christina in the past three days. We’re truly happy about all the participants’ wonderful entries and want to thank you all for joining the celebration! But there’s still some fun left for today!


We’ve explored everything connected to Agatha Christie’s two most famous sleuths, Poirot and Miss Marple respectively, but what about those books, plays or films which feature none of them? We’re also very much interested in the life of the Queen of Crime. That’s why we’ve asked you to write about these things for the last day of our blogathon! Quite some posts have already arrived, but I’m going to add new ones throughout the whole day! Let the blogathon go on!


Agatha Christie Blogathon – Day 3

Works without ‘the big duo’

‘You shouldn’t shoot people. I daresay some of them richly deserve it – but all the same, it will lead to trouble.’


‘A figure invisible except when he chose, not quite human, yet concerned with the affairs of human beings and particularly of lovers.’



‘Are you happy? If not, consult Mr Parker Pyne…’


‘The person in question is just the last person anyone would suspect. And so long as no one suspects you…murder is easy!’

Silver Scenes — MURDER IS EASY (1982)

‘One little Indian boy left all alone; he went out and hanged himself and then there were none!’

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies — AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945)

‘People are brought into murder from different parts of the globe and for unforeseen reasons. The murder itself is the end of the story. It’s Zero Hour.’


‘People like it, but who can say why?’ when asked why The Mousetrap had been so successful

Serendipitous AnachronismsTHE MOUSETRAP (PLAY)

‘The question is whether you were lying then or are you lying now… or whether in fact you are a chronic and habitual LIAR!’


‘Oh dear, I never realized what a terrible lot of explaining one has to do in a murder!’

A Shroud of ThoughtsSPIDER’S WEB (PLAY)

Biography of the ‘Queen of Crime’

‘I like living. I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.’


‘I know nothing about pistols and revolvers, which is why I usually kill off my characters with a blunt instrument or better with poisons.’


If you’re interested in previous posts, as well, you can easily check them out here. Both of the recaps keep being updated, so it’s worth having a look at them:


God Save the ‘Queen of Crime’ – the Agatha Christie Blogathon Is Here!


I know very few people who are not fond of good old English mysteries, the point of which are neither blood nor agression but the intriguing question of ‘whodunit’. Since my very favourite writer of the genre, Agatha Christie, was born 126 years ago yesterday, Christina and I have decided to host a blogathon in her honour. We’re grateful to all the bloggers who joined us to celebrate!

Agatha Christie

Today all our participants are going to concentrate on her most famous character, everyone’s favourite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. I’m going to add posts that feature him to today’s recap throughout the whole event!


As a matter of fact, we haven’t suggested you anything. You were free to write about books with Poirot investigating in them, episodes of the marvelous series featuring David Suchet and even movie or theatrical adaptations. As a result, I’m sure today’s roaster will be huge fun to read! We can hardly wait for your entries! Let the blogathon begin!


Agatha Christie Blogathon – Day 1

‘Ladies and gentlemen, you are all aware that a repulsive murderer has himself been repulsively, and, perhaps deservedly, murdered.’

Musings of a Classic Film AddictMURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974)

‘Poirot took her gently by the arm and drew her along the deck, still in the direction of the stern. The Nile flowed away behind them.’

M. C. Dulac — DEATH ON THE NILE 1937 & 1978

Critica Retro — DEATH ON THE NILE (1978)

‘It is peaceful.’ agreed Hercule Poirot. ‘The sun shines. The sea is blue. But you forget, there is evil everywhere under the sun.’


‘It is a profound belief of mine that if you can induce a person to talk to you for long enough, on any subject whatever, sooner or later they will give themselves away.’

Ah Sweet Mystery BlogAFTER THE FUNERAL

‘Ah, Hastings, my dear friend. They were good days. Yes… they have been good days.’

The Dream Book Blog — CURTAIN: POIROT’S LAST CASE (2013)

(Have a look at the original announcement here!)

You can find tomorrow’s recap on Christina’s site. Prepare yourself for everything Miss Marple!

Reminder: The Agatha Christie Blogathon is coming up next week!


You can still join the fun! We can’t wait to celebrate 🙂

Christina Wehner

AgathaChristieJust a reminder that next week the Agatha Christie Blogathon begins: Friday the 16th through Sunday the 18th! Domi from Little Bits of Classics and I are really looking forward to reading everyone’s entries.

There is still plenty of time to sign up if you want to participate. We are celebrating all things related to Agatha Christie – her novels, her life, her characters. More information can be found on the original announcement, here.

So please join us in celebration of Agatha Christie’s 126th birthday (September 15th). May her reign as the Queen of Crime continue! 🙂

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When Joan Crawford Was Fifth Fiddle – Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926)


There was a time when both Joan Crawford and Frank Capra were working for the success of the very same man. He was none other than Harry Langdon, one of the most popular comedians of the 1920s. Just like many others, he started his career under the supervision of Mack Sennett and by 1926 he was confident enough to settle his own production company. Many say this was the beginning of his decline. It may be so, but one thing is for sure: it was also the beginning of Joan Crawford’s rise.

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Announcing the Agatha Christie Blogathon!


Come and join us!

Christina Wehner

AgathaChristieLittle Bits of Classics and I are thrilled and excited to announce the Agatha Christie Blogathon – The Queen of Crime!


September 16th-18th


The inspiration for this blogathon is Domi’s of Little Bits of Classics. It is in honor of Agatha Christie’s 126th birthday on the 15th of September.


All things Agatha Christie are welcome! Anything and everything – her life, her writing style, her characters, her books, the movie adaptations of her books, tributes, retrospections – the more the better! We want to honor everything about the great lady.

The only rule we have is that we are Not Allowing Duplicates on individual Books, Plays or Movies because there are so many we hope to see covered. However, there is no limit on how many posts can be written about Agatha Christie, her life or her characters. And if you want to compare a…

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