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Murder She Said -- When nobody will believe she witnessed a murder, elderly sleuth Miss Marple takes a job as a maid to ferret out clues.


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Agatha Christie (novel)
David D. Osborn (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 January 1962 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Delightful depiction of Miss Jane Marple See more (57 total) »


  (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:
Aileen Lewis ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
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
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Other crew
Beryl Booth .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Agatha Christie's 'Murder, She Said'" - USA (complete title)
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USA:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Seen through the window, Miss Marple's mouth falls open in shock at "phase four of the anti-Kidder campaign". The shot changes to the kitchen interior, and her mouth is suddenly closed.See more »
Alexander:Nostalgia, you know. A failing of the old, I suppose.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Claim (2002)See more »


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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Delightful depiction of Miss Jane Marple, 22 November 2004
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

So yes, Miss Agatha Christie herself did not quite care for Miss Margaret Rutherford in the role but Miss Rutherford made of the part her own in her own inimitable fashion even going to the extent of having her very own obedient side-kick, her real-life husband Stringer Davis, known as Jim Stringer in the series, inserted into it. She called the shots and kept the studio afloat. And what a series!

This is the first in it and it evokes the era extraordinarily well, the quick murder and disposal of the body, the old country house, the many suspicious relatives and one of my favourites, James Robertson Justice heading up the entire clan. He even gets to propose to the lady herself, so impressed is he with her detecting.

Add the requisite cute kid, Ronnie Raymond, an excellent bit part by Joan Hickson (the future Miss Marple in the excellent BBC series) and what faults are there to be found in this unique first film of four in the series.

8 out of 10.

Incredibly entertaining, wonderful use of black and white film medium and a really good score.

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