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Murder, He Says (1945)

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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Mert Fleagle / Bert 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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Ninho da Serpente  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Pete Marshall: They'd sooner cut your throat as peel an apple.
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Hilarious, should be much better known
2 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful comedy, tops my list of movies that deserve to be better known. Funny from start to finish, well written, well directed, very well cast, with veteran character actors like Marjorie Main and Porter Hall nailing all the laughs and then some, plus Peter Whitney as the identical twins Mert & Bert (which one has the crick in his back? I forget) and excellent performances from the cast in general.

Fred MacMurray is at the top of his game (only a year after Double Indemnity), and the pacing is exhilarating, lots of great gags and surreal comedy, and a nutty, over-the-top ending that pays off the whole thing.

I always come away from this movie feeling happy. Only not often enough -- since it's rarely on TV, not on DVD, and in and out of availability on VHS.

This movie deserves much better. It should have a first-class DVD release, and be in the rotation at TCM. Please!

And then there's the music, which mysteriously is note for note the theme to "All Things Considered" on NPR, only 30 years earlier.... "On horse flies is, in comb bees is..."


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