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Murder at the Gallop (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  December 1963 (Austria)
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When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Marple suspects one of his four relatives, all heirs to his estate, of his murder.

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Margaret Rutherford ...
Stringer Davis ...
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Hector Enderby
Flora Robson ...
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Gordon Harris ...
Sergeant Bacon
Robert Urquhart ...
Katya Douglas ...
James Villiers ...
Noel Howlett ...
Mr. Trundell
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Old Enderby
Duncan Lamont ...
Hillman
Kevin Stoney ...
Doctor Markwell
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The old and wealthy Mr. Enderby dies of a heart attack but the ever suspicious Miss Marple has her doubts. Who or what gave him a heart attack? Enderby's poor relatives gather at the The Gallop, a combined boarding-house and riding school. Miss Marple also gets there to find out if any of them had any particular reasons to see him dead. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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December 1963 (Austria)  »

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Der Wachsblumenstrauß  »

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Miss Marple refers to a "remarkable novel" of Agatha Christie's, "The Ninth Life". This was an in-joke; her creator wrote no such book. See more »

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When Miss Marple and Stringer enter her cottage they go through the front door which has a window on the same level as the top "yale" lock. The next scene inside the cottage shows the door without a window. See more »

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Hector Enderby: [the Inspector trips over a saddle on the floor of the foyer] Do you see that?
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Hector Enderby: No don't tell me, I'll tell you. 1882. No, I'm lying to you. 1885.
Inspector Craddock: Right.
Hector Enderby: I can tell you who it belongs to, too. I've only glimpsed one of these once in the whole country. Lady Kirk-Brackwell.
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Pleasant, Light-Hearted Entertainment
27 July 2003 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The frustrating thing about Agatha Christie novels is that some of them have alternate titles. With some dismay, I realized, a few minutes into "Murder At The Gallop", that the film is the cinema version of a book I had finished not two months earlier, "After The Funeral" (a.k.a. "Funerals Are Fatal"). There would be no new whodunit puzzle for me here.

"After The Funeral" features Hercule Poirot; "Murder At The Gallop" features Miss Marple. The story is basically the same in both book and film, and is a typical Christie whodunit. I think I prefer the book to the film, as the book has more suspects. The film has minimal suspense except near the end. And I find Robert Morley's performance to be slightly annoying.

Still, "Murder At The Gallop" is an OK whodunit for a rainy Sunday afternoon. The main attraction really is the wonderful Margaret Rutherford, who plays Miss Marple. With her feisty determination, this is really her show. To see a woman of 71 in an evening gown dancing The Twist is reason enough to watch.


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