Yes, the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day can be murder on one’s nerves. So this week on MovieZoot.com, we help you break out of the seasonal doldrums and release your dark fantasies with this week’s four murderous feature films including 1945’s And Then There Were None with Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston; 1995’s Death In Small Doses with Richard Thomas and Tess Harper; 1930’s Alfred Hitchcock Murder! with Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring; and 1956’s Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.
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And Then There Were None
is the 1945 Agatha Christie book-turned-murder-mystery-movie directed by René Clair and starring Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston where eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to a small isolated island off the coast of England for the weekend, and one-by-one, each day, a guest is found dead. It is up to the remaining survivors to figure out who is murdering the captive guests one-by-one, before all are lost!
Death in Small Doses
is a 1995 drama directed by Sondra Locke and starring Richard Thomas, Tess Harper, Shawn Elliott, Glynnis O’Connor, Gary Frank, Matthew Posey and Ann Hearn. It tells the story of a wife who mysteriously falls ill and dies and its later revealed that she died by arsenic poisoning. As the police investigation heats up, the woman’s husband becomes the prime suspect. A terrible family secret eventually breaks the case and reveals the true killer. Isn’t Thanksgiving the time when most family secrets are revealed?
is the 1930 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery/thriller starring Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring and tells the story of a murdered actress and the many people in the traveling troupe with motive, opportunity and cause. A juror in the trial who believes another actress innocent, must vet the entire troupe to find the true killer! Classic, complicated Hitchcock in the early days!
The Man Who Knew Too Much
is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Doris Day where a family traveling in Morocco,witnesses an assassination, setting their lives and safety in drastic and unsavory danger as their son is abducted by the assassins and they struggle to get him back – without the help of the police.