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Murder She Said (1961)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  7 January 1962 (USA)
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When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ...
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Dr. Quimper
Muriel Pavlow ...
Emma
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Thorley Walters ...
Cedric
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Conrad Phillips ...
Harold
Ronald Howard ...
Joan Hickson ...
Stringer Davis ...
Ronnie Raymond ...
Alexander
Gerald Cross ...
Albert
Michael Golden ...
Hillman
Barbara Leake ...
Mrs. Helen Stainton
Gordon Harris ...
Bacon
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Storyline

Old miss Marple is on a train ride when she witnesses a murder in a passing train. She reports it to the police but they won't believe her: since no body can be found there can't have been any murder, right? As always, she begins her own investigation. The murder was committed while passing Ackenthorpe Hall and miss Marple gets herself a job there, mixing cleaning and cooking with searching the house for clues. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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train | murder | miss marple | cooking | manor | See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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7 January 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Murder, She Said'  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the manor house where Marple conducts her inquiries was called Rutherford Hall in Agatha Christie's novel. This was changed to Ackenthorpe in the film to avoid comparison with the surname of Margaret Rutherford (Miss Marple). See more »

Goofs

When Miss Marple first enters her room at Ackenthorpe Hall she puts her golf clubs against the bedstead but they fall through the rails onto the bed. Consequently when she then goes to investigate a noise behind the curtained door the clubs cannot be seen. However, when she steps back into her room the clubs are in full view and upright. See more »

Quotes

Ackenthorpe: Cod's as good as lobster any day, and much cheaper.
Miss Marple: Well, that depends on whether or not one has a palate unsullied by cheap opiates.
Ackenthorpe: If you mean what I think you mean, I'll have you know this cheroot cost two shillings!
Miss Marple: Yes. Quite.
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Grand-Dame Good Film

Grand Dame Margaret Rutherford gives a fine performance as super sleuth Jane Marple in this, the first of four films based on Christie's detective. Agatha Christie was upset with the casting of Rutherford in the role of her dowdy, inquisitive, rather passive detective who solves crimes more on what she hears from other people more than anything else. And who cannot understand her concerns, initially? Rutherford is the antithesis of the fictional Marple. She is a battleship on screen with her plump, statuesque build, her one-of-a-kind visage, her English aristocratic bearing and wit, and her anything but passive behaviour. To put it bluntly, Christie's character was only that character in name.....but....this does not detract from the film in the least for me. And I should expect that only die-hard fans of Miss Marple will not enjoy this film for it is a good mystery, has excellent character acting, a zippy score, and some wonderful witty dialogue. Most of all, it has Dame Margaret Rutherford give a larger-than-life performance that promises to bring you many smiles and some good laughs.


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