Murder She Said (1961) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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
  • Miss Marple witnesses a man strangling a woman through the window of a passing train. However, when police cannot turn up any evidence of the homicide, they dismiss the amateur sleuth as a dotty old woman. She enlists the help of Mr. Stringer, the village librarian and a kindred spirit, to trace the exact point where the body was thrown from the train. After the location is pinpointed at Ackenthorpe Hall, she is able to insinuate herself into the manor house disguised as a maid. Although the lord of the manor is a stingy but likable curmudgeon, Miss Marple suspects the body and the murderer can be found on the premises.

    - Written by duke1029
  • On a train home after a shopping expedition, Miss Jane Marple sees a woman being strangled on another train that is traveling alongside her own. She reports it to the conductor and the police investigate but can find no evidence of foul play and no body. Along with her friend Mr. Stringer, she determines that if the body was thrown off the train, it would have to be in the vicinity of Ackenthorpe Hall. She wrangles a post as cook at the hall and soon becomes quite friendly with the youngest of the family, Alexander. Working there gives her plenty of time to search the grounds and despite the crusty old Ackenthorpe's complaints - he's under the care of the local Dr. Quimper for any variety of ailments - she finds the woman's body hidden in one of the outbuildings. Having established that someone was killed, it's left to Miss Marple to determine who she is and who wanted her dead.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • While traveling back home by train, the spinster Miss Jane Marple witnesses a woman being strangled by a man in another train. She reports the murder to the police. However Inspector Craddock does not find any corpse or evidence of the reported murder and discredits the old lady believing that she is senile and fan of detective stories. Miss Marple decides to investigate the crime and she concludes that the corpse was dumped at the Ackenthorpe Hall and she gets a job of housemaid, cleaning and cooking for the Ackenthorpe family. Soon she learns that they are a dysfunctional family and the heirs are like vulture of the selfish patriarch Luther Ackenthorpe waiting for their inheritance. Therefore all of them may be the culprit for the murder... or not?

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 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.

    - Written by duke1029


This is based on the Agatha Christie book "4:50 from Paddington" and the opening locale is Paddington Station in London...

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