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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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Mamie Fleagle Smithers Johnson
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Elany Fleagle
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Mr. Johnson
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Mert Fleagle / Bert Fleagle
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Bonnie Fleagle
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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 <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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NUTTY...as a...FRUIT CAKE! (original poster)

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The theme music for NPR's "All Things Considered" is identical to the melody of the nonsense song that is sung several times in the film. See more »

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When Fred MacMurray looks into the mirror in the closet and sees his own glowing reflection, his movements do not match those of the reflection. See more »

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Mamie Johnson: [to Grandma] Whatta wanna do... live forever?
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Pretty dammed funny!
12 September 2002 | by (Palo Alto, CA) – See all my reviews

So silly that's it's actually hilarious. Holds it's own thru the years. Fred McMurray is totally incredulous thru it all and Helen Walker is his beautiful counterpart. The mystery is good. And of course the topping on the cake is Marjorie Main with that whip! BTW Let's not forget Peter Whitney playing both twins. Super job. The whole cast deserves a good round of applause.


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