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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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Rutherford ...
Stringer Davis ...
Hector Enderby
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Gordon Harris ...
Sergeant Bacon
Robert Urquhart ...
Katya Douglas ...
James Villiers ...
Noel Howlett ...
Mr. Trundell
Old Enderby
Duncan Lamont ...
Kevin Stoney ...
Doctor Markwell


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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Release Date:

December 1963 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Der Wachsblumenstrauß  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Kevin Stoney is dubbed by another actor. See more »


When the valuable painting at the center of the intrigue was first introduced it appeared that the picture wasn't very large. However when Stringer sets off for London to have it appraised, it looked like it grew to twice the size. See more »


Hector Enderby: [the Inspector trips over a saddle on the floor of the foyer] Do you see that?
Inspector Craddock: Can't really miss it, can you?
Hector Enderby: It's a Broadbeech side saddle. Broadbeech, Northampton. Vintage too. Well, have a look. Have a look at the date, behind the stirrup iron.
Inspector Craddock: It says, er...
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.
Inspector Craddock: No, it belongs to...
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Brisk Agatha Christie mystery moves at a gallop...
26 June 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is possibly MARGARET RUTHERFORD's most satisfactory excursion into Agtha Christie-land and she's helped by a delightful Ron Goodwin score that emphasizes her character with an infectious main theme and the gorgeous B&W photography, full of sinister shadows and proper atmospheric effects.

Furthermore, Miss Rutherford is surrounded by some formidable British talent, such as Stringer Davis (his Mr. Stringer is always a delight), Robert Morley (blustery but fun), and most notably, FLORA ROBSON, remarkable as the timid companion of an elderly woman.

I've seen most of these Miss Marple mysteries from the 1960s, and this has got to be one of the best. It moves at a swift gallop (unlike some of the more tedious, slow-paced BBC versions), and the accent is on the humorous characterization that Rutherford is capable of. Purists may not think it serves Agatha Christie well, but taken on its own as a piece of comedy/mystery entertainment, it stands up well in that genre.

Highly recommended.

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