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Murder, He Says (1945)

 -  Comedy  -  23 June 1945 (USA)
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A pollster stumbles on a family of murderous hillbillies, and joins in their search for hidden treasure.



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Complete credited cast:
Pete Marshall
Helen Walker ...
Claire Matthews
Marjorie Main ...
Mamie Fleagle Smithers Johnson
Jean Heather ...
Elany Fleagle
Porter Hall ...
Mr. Johnson
Peter Whitney ...
Mert Fleagle / Bert Fleagle
Mabel Paige ...
Grandma Fleagle
Barbara Pepper ...
Bonnie Fleagle


Trotter pollster Pete Marshall is trying to find a missing coworker. In a rural town he stumbles onto the roughian Fleagle family. Bert and Mert would just as soon "splatter" snoopers with their rifles. However, Ma Johnson focuses the family energies on finding cousin Bonnie Fleagle's $70,000 bank job stash, somewhere around the large old rickety house. Claire Matthews, the daughter of a man implicated in Bonnie's bank job, also comes in search of the money to try and clear her father's name. Marshall and Matthews team up to try and decode Grandma Fleagle's strange deathbed clue but with Mr. Johnson attempting to poison people and Bonnie Fleagle showing up herself after a prison escape, it's anybody's guess as to who will find the money first. Written by Gary Jackson <>

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Taglines: a...FRUIT CAKE! (original poster)







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23 June 1945 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Grandma gives Pete a cross-stitched sampler on which is stitched a line of music to a nonsense song: "Honors flysis/Income beezis/Onches nobis/Inob keesis". See more »


In Elany's first scene, as she enters her grandmother's room, we see her clutching a leather briefcase. The close-up shot of the briefcase shows an embossed globe on the front, with "Trotter Poll" written above it, and "Hector P. Smedley" written below it, in large letters. As the camera changes from close-up to medium shot, the briefcase still has the globe, but now the lettering is missing. See more »


Pete Marshall: It's like looking for a needle in a... a slaughter house.
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Referenced in The Unruly Hare (1945) See more »

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Fred MacMurray standing in for Bob Hope
22 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I've seen Murder He Says many times and it's a pretty funny film. Fred MacMurray had never done that kind of belly laugh comedy before and I'm sure that Walt Disney must have screened this film and that he was certainly capable of it when he made him Disney's number one male star starting with The Shaggy Dog.

But every time I watch it, I keep thinking this was a property developed for Bob Hope. All of the mixed up adventures with this rube Fliegle family are pure Hope. Imagine Hope instead of Fred MacMurray in the lead and I'm sure you'll agree with me.

My guess is that Hope was busy entertaining the troops and Paramount had this thing ready to go and prevailed upon another of their contract players to step in.

As a pinch hitter though, Fred MacMurray batted in a big old home run with this one.

By the way that tune that is the key to where the buried treasure is will be rattling around in your brain for weeks.

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