Murder on the Orient Express - 1974
Movie: Murder on the Orient Express - 1974
Director: Sidney Lumet
Synopsis: Set in 1935, Agatha Christie's beloved sleuth Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) books passage on the famed Orient Express only to find himself at the center of a murder investigation. Mr. Ratchett (Richard Widmark) is found murdered in his cabin, with 12 stab wounds. Poirot questions all of the remaining passengers, and must solve the mystery before they disperse - the train is stuck awaiting removal of snow from the tracks.
Scene: Poirot, Mr. Ratchett's Britrish valet Mr. Beddoes (John Gielgud) and the French conductor of the Calais coach (Pierre Paul Michel) discover the body. Unknown at that moment - that Mr. Ratchett is actually a gangster named Cassetti.
Monogram: Although much is made in the investigation of an antique handkerchief bearing the initial H, the handkerchief's monogram is never clearly shown in the film. In this scene, Mr. Ratchett's monogrammed robe is seen hanging on a hook. His full name is Samuel Edward Ratchett (SRE). Another mystery - why is the S larger in the center, since a conventional three-letter monogram for this name would show the R larger ? It would be interesting to question Tony Walton, nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Contributed by: Cathy Sundermann