Telfilm Review: Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness was the last episode of the sixth series of Poirot and the series went on a four year hiatus afterwards.

Poriot receives an urgent letter from a woman who fears she will be murderered by her family. Poirot goes to the scene and advises her to make a change to her will. She ends up dying apparently of natural causes, but there’s some suspicious circumstances as two old ladies think there was a supernatural origin. And Poirot finds that the old women’s dog is the key witness in the case.

This was probably my least favorite Poirot mystery of what was a solid sixth series. The Novel Dumb Witness was an expanded version of a short story called, “The Incident of the Dog’s Ball.” The short story actually works quite well, but this expansion really felt like it just made the story drag on rather than adding true meat to it.

However, it must be said that David Suchet turned in a good performance as Poirot in an otherwise forgettable adaptation.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.0

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  1 comment for “Telfilm Review: Dumb Witness”

  1. Deborah Wood
    January 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    One of the old ladies who was friends with the dead woman, Julia Tripp, was actually played by a stalwart of the British Cinema of the 50s and 60s, Muriel Pavlow. She was in the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple, ‘Murder She Said’ which was adapted from the ‘4:50 from Padington’ in 1961; and the Dirk Bogarde, ‘Doctor’ series of 1957

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