The very first performance of the story, just pre-dating the debut of Christie's play, was in the form of a live telecast which aired on CBS's Lux Video Theatre on 17 September 1953 and which starred Edward G. Robinson (making his television debut), Andrea King and Tom Drake. Directed Richard Goode and written by Anne Howard Bailey (based on Christie's story).
Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney.
- Ken Carpenter as Himself - Announcer
- Leo Curley as Judge
- Tom Drake as Leonard Vole
- Thomas Browne Henry as Judge
- Andrea King as Romaine Vole / Mrs. Mogson
- Edward G. Robinson as Sir Wilfrid Robarts
- Mamie Van Doren as Herself - Intermission Guest