And Then There Were None

Reviewed By Greg Muskewitz
Posted 12/21/03 10:42:55

"The original 'Survivor.'"
4 stars (Worth A Look)

Enjoyable, low-key suspense film from René Clair taken from the Agatha Christie mystery of the same name (or (Or Ten Little Indians)), whereby ten random guests are invited to an isle house for the weekend.

The greater purpose, they learn, finds them all connected by association of murders; and now it is their turn to be the hunted — to survive the weekend. Is the chasseur (man or woman) responsible for this convention amongst them?, or is s/he hiding elsewhere on the island orchestrating the rising death toll? The film is aptly able to maneuver in due course through elements of guile manipulation on the behalf of its plotting source of origin, inasmuch as Clair keeps the pace and progression basic and methodical. The game is to keep one guessing, and up until nearly the end, any hunch is no more than a spin at Russian Roulette. It may show some minor wear-and-tear but it’s just as fun as a game of Clue.

With Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, and Queenie Leonard.


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