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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 » | Full synopsis »
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(6 articles)
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User Reviews:
A delightful cozy Christie adaptation See more (58 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:
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 .... hairdresser
 
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
 
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Working title: "Meet Miss Marple"See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Stringer gives Miss Marple a leg up to look over the wall, she spots the gardener on the other side. At the same time Stinger's head appears in the shot although he is supporting Miss Marple. Also the wall is far higher than he is.See more »
Quotes:
Ackenthorpe:Marple her name, marble her nature.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Murder Most Foul (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
Frère JacquesSee more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A delightful cozy Christie adaptation, 12 November 2002
Author: catman47 from United States

'Murder She Said' is not a great or classic film, yet it is one that I return to all the time. The setting is England, late fall, in the latter 1950's. It stars the delightful Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple...Mrs. Christie (Mallowan) never felt she resembled Jane Marple in the least...but she did dedicate one of her later books to her. Also appearing in the film is Stringer Davis, Ms. Rutherford's real life husband, who is totally endearing and appeared in three subsequent Marple films with his wife.

Coincidentally Joan Hickson appears in this film and she later went on to much acclaim portraying Jane Marple in the BBC series of Marple mysteries.

Although the film differs in many ways from the original book (you'll have to view the BBC video '4:50 from Paddington' with Joan Hickson for some integrity to the original Christie story ) it is a very entertaining light experience with a bevy of fascinating British characters.

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