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Murder She Said
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Writers:
Agatha Christie (novel)
David D. Osborn (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 January 1962 (USA) See more »
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Who is the blonde in the box? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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How the Manor of a murder was kept off track... See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Marple

Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Quimper
Muriel Pavlow ... Emma

James Robertson Justice ... Ackenthorpe
Thorley Walters ... Cedric
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Conrad Phillips ... Harold
Ronald Howard ... Eastley
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Kidder
Stringer Davis ... Mr. Stringer
Ronnie Raymond ... Alexander
Gerald Cross ... Albert
Michael Golden ... Hillman
Barbara Leake ... Mrs. Helen Stainton
Gordon Harris ... Bacon
Peter Butterworth ... Ticket Collector

Richard Briers ... 'Mrs. Binster'
Lucy Griffiths ... Lucy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nadia Pavlova ... Murder Victim (uncredited)
Martin Stephens ... Alexander (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Pollock 
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel "4·50 From Paddington")

David D. Osborn (adaptation) (as David Osborn)

David Pursall (screenplay) and
Jack Seddon (screenplay)

Produced by
George H. Brown .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Faithfull (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Art Direction by
Harry White 
 
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist
Pearl Orton .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Jan Darnley-Smith .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hickox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mickey O'Toole .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Carrick .... dubbing editor
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
Norman Hargood .... stills cameraman
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felix Evans .... wardrobe
 
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Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
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Beryl Booth .... continuity
 
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Also Known As:
"Agatha Christie's 'Murder, She Said'" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
USA:87 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Brazil:10 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL | Norway:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) (2003) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Despite privately remaining unimpressed by the film, Agatha Christie dedicated her 1962 book "The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side" to Margaret Rutherford, "in admiration".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Miss Marple arrives at Ackenthorpe hall, the dog is shown at a distance wearing a muzzle. In the next shot, the dog is shown close up, but without a muzzle.See more »
Quotes:
Alexander:You know, it isn't just that you don't look like Jayne Mansfield. You're not *my* idea of a maid, either.
Miss Marple:Well, quite honestly, I don't think *you're* everybody's idea of a boy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Murder Most Foul (1964)See more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
How the Manor of a murder was kept off track..., 22 November 2001
Author: Derek William Hall (derekwilliam.hall@ntlworld.com) from Hartlepool. England

As other critics have previously pointed out, Margaret Rutherford's portrayal of Jane Marple has little in common with the visions of the character's creator, Agatha Christie. However, just as Basil Rathbone's depiction of Sherlock Holmes (both in his character portrayal and in the film company's telling of most of the tales) had little to do with the original writer's intentions, so too did both he and Miss Rutherford seem to create pseudo-characters, from worthwhile plots, of equal value and entertainment levels.

As the first of a wonderful quartet of easy-to-view movies made in black and white in early 60's England (and the second best of them, overall, in my opinion), this appropriately atmospheric film takes us through a clever little screenplay centred around the family of a large estate 'in the sticks' (on the outskirts of London). The storyline is littered with a mixture of eccentric and fundamental cameo parts that serve up the right amount of suspense and partial comedy as Miss Marple (and her buddy, Mr.Stringer) take it upon themselves to solve a railway murder that Inspector Craddock, the local 'head plod', had put down to being the by-product of her rambling 'hallucinations'.

Not surprisingly, we are kept on our toes as to whom was the culprit as the intrepid Jane goes undercover as a geriatric maid who proves to be so competent in her matriarchal manoeuvres that the 'Lord of the Manor' (superbly played, as ever, by the magnificent James Robertson Justice) seeks her hand in marriage as a sort of reward for her spirited detective work. However, Dame Rutherford had Stringer to consider - not least because he was her partner in real life - and there were of course other stories to film in the future...

What a pity they didn't follow Rathbone and Bruce by making around a dozen of these marvellous movies!

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