Murder on the Orient Express

Corrected entry: The victim was stabbed twelve times, once by each of the culprits. But the Hungarian count and his wife held the knife together. There should only have been eleven wounds.

Correction: Actually, there are thirteen culprits: Mrs. Hubbard, Greta Ohlsson, Pierre Paul Michel, Beddoes, Col. Arbuthnot, Princess Dragomiroff, Hector McQueen, Mary Debenham, Hildegarde Schmidt, Hardman, Foscarelli, and the Count and Countess. Since the Count and his wife did it together, there are properly twelve wounds.

Corrected entry: When they are at Belgrade, Poirot asks where Mrs. Hubbard is, and the conductor tells him that she is two compartments away. Poirot responds that she is still too close, which seems to imply that she was even closer the first night. But if you watch carefully as they get on the train at Istanbul, you can see that Poirot is nowhere near Mrs. Hubbard.

Correction: On the first night, Poirot had to share compartment 4 with Hector MacQueen (Anthony Perkins). On the night of the murder, he had moved to a private compartment which was 2 compartments away from Mrs. Hubbard.

Factual error: In the Bosphorus scenes, as the ferry crosses from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul, in the distance large trucks can be seen speeding along the coastal road opposite. Well before their time.

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Mrs. Hubbard: Don't you agree the man must have entered my compartment to gain access to Mr. Ratchett?
Princess Dragomiroff: I can think of no other reason, madame.

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Trivia: Ingrid Bergman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Greta, even though she's only in the film for 14 minutes.

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Question: Who was the person Poirot saw wearing the white dressing gown? And why did this person place it in his compartment? To plant "red herrings" like these do not draw attention away from the people on the train, but tells Poirot plain and simple that the murderer did NOT leave the train, but it still on board. So why bother doing it at all, as it only goes against their carefully planned cover story?


Chosen answer: They planted this red herring not to divert Poirot's attention away from them - they were the only passengers on the train - they wanted to divert him from the fact that they were ALL involved in the murder, because they all had a common bond with the child whom the victim murdered. Each one made out like they didn't really know anyone else on the train, but they were all in on it.

Kimberly Klaus

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