Release dateFebruary 20, 1985 (1985-02-20) Based onThey Do It with Mirrors novel by Agatha Christie WriterAgatha Christie (novel), George Eckstein (teleplay) NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) CastHelen Hayes (Miss Jane Marple), Bette Davis (Carrie Louise Serrocold), John Mills (Lewis Serrocold), Leo McKern (Insp. Curry), Liane Langland (Gina Markham), Dorothy Tutin (Mildred Strete) Similar moviesMurder Ahoy, Murder at the Gallop, Murder She Said, Murder Most Foul, Crank, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Murder with Mirrors is a 1985 British-American made-for-television mystery film starring Helen Hayes in her final appearance as Miss Marple and, as well, her final film role. It also stars Bette Davis, John Mills, Leo McKern, Dorothy Tutin and Tim Roth.
Murder with Mirrors is based on Agatha Christie's novel They Do It with Mirrors (1952), using the novel's American title. The novel has since been dramatized twice more on two separate Miss Marple television series: first with Joan Hickson on Miss Marple (1991) and then with Julia McKenzie on Agatha Christie's Marple (2010). Both of these used the novel's original title.
Miss Marple (Helen Hayes) is reunited with her old American friend Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis) from their days touring Italy as young ladies. Christian Gulbranson, Miss Marple's lawyer, persuades her to visit the estate of his step-mother, Carrie Louise. Carrie Louise's devoted husband Lewis has turned the manor house Stonygates into a halfway house for young criminals. He confides to Miss Marple that he suspects that someone is slowly poisoning Carrie Louise with arsenic. But then Christian Gulbranson is found murdered. A murderer is at large in a house full of suspects.
Helen Hayes as Miss Jane Marple
Bette Davis as Carrie Louise Serrocold
John Mills as Lewis Serrocold
Leo McKern as Inspector Curry
Liane Langland as Gina Markham
John Laughlin as Wally Markham
Dorothy Tutin as Mildred Strete
Anton Rodgers as Dr. Max Hargrove
Frances de la Tour as Miss Bellaver
John Woodvine as Christian Gulbranson
James Coombes as Steven Restarick
Tim Roth as Edgar Lawson
Murder with Mirrors was filmed entirely on location in England. Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire featured as Stonygates. Several locations in London can be seen, like Carlton House Terrace, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Bridge. Turville, Seer Green and Skirmett, all in Buckinghamshire have also been used for the film.