Lord Edgware Dies (film)

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Lord Edgware Dies
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Austin Trevor as Poirot and Richard Cooper as Hastings
Directed by Henry Edwards
Written by H. Fowler Mear
Based on Lord Edgware Dies
1933 novel
by Agatha Christie
Produced by Julius Hagen
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
Edited by Michael C. Chorlton
Music by William Trytel
Distributed by Radio Pictures
Release date
August 1934
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Lord Edgware Dies is a 1934 British mystery film directed by Henry Edwards and starring Austin Trevor, Jane Carr, and Richard Cooper. The film was based on the 1933 Agatha Christie novel Lord Edgware Dies .


Trevor reprised his role as Hercule Poirot for a third time, having previously played him in Alibi and Black Coffee , both released in 1931. Like them, it was filmed at Twickenham Film Studios. While the two earlier films are now lost, this production still survives.

During Julius Hagen's tenure at Twickenham, the studios had specialised in production of murder mysteries as quota quickies. Although Hagen undoubtedly had ambitions for this film to be a more prestigious production, with a larger budget, the similarities to the studio's more routine output led most cinemas to show it as a second feature. [1] The film's sets were designed by the art director James Carter.


Hercule Poirot is hired by Lady Edgware an American actress who wants him to arrange a divorce from her aristocratic husband. In fact it turns out that Lord Edgware has already agreed to a divorce, only for him to be murdered the same night.


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  1. Chibnall p.26