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22 September 1964 (USA) See more »
New mischief amidst the mizzen-masts!
After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The mystery isn't great but the cast are good and the film is lively and good fun See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Jane Marple

Lionel Jeffries ... Captain Sydney De Courcy Rhumstone

Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Chief Insp. Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
William Mervyn ... Comm. Breeze-Connington

Joan Benham ... Matron Alice Fanbraid
Stringer Davis ... Mr. Jim Stringer
Nicholas Parsons ... Dr. Crump
Miles Malleson ... Bishop Faulkner

Henry Oscar ... Lord Rudkin
Derek Nimmo ... Sub-Lt. Eric Humbert
Gerald Cross ... Brewer (aka Lt. Commander Dimchurch)
Norma Foster ... Asst. Matron Shirley Boston
Terence Edmond ... Sgt. Bacon

Francis Matthews ... Lt. Compton
Lucy Griffiths ... Millie
Bernard Adams ... Dusty Miller
Tony Quinn ... Kelly - Tramp
Edna Petrie ... Miss Pringle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Dean ... Police Constable (uncredited)

Roy Holder ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
Henry B. Longhurst ... Cecil Ffolly Hardwicke (uncredited)
Desmond Roberts ... Sir Geoffrey Bucknose (uncredited)

Ivor Salter ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Arnold Schulkes ... Officer (uncredited)
Paddy Smith ... Steward (uncredited)

Directed by
George Pollock 
Writing credits
David Pursall (original screenplay) and
Jack Seddon (original screenplay)

Agatha Christie  character (uncredited)
David Pursall  interpretation of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple"
Jack Seddon  interpretation of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple"

Produced by
Ben Arbeid .... associate producer
Lawrence P. Bachmann .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
William C. Andrews  (as Bill Andrews)
Production Management
Sydney Streeter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
Peter Beale .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Allan Sones .... sound editor
Fred Turtle .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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The novel central to the plot, J. Plantaganet Corby's "The Doom Box", was devised by the scriptwriters and never really existed. The prop-makers mocked up copies in both hardback (for the Battledore) and paperback (for Miss Marple).See more »
Miscellaneous: The typeface of Jim Stringer's first name is reversed in the closing credits, spelled MIJ with the J backward. This does not occur on the Australian DVD where he is credited as "Mr. Stringer".See more »
Comm. Breeze-Connington:[brandishing sword] Now I propose to execute you on the spot...
Miss Marple:[parrying] You won't find it as easy as you think. I warn you. I was Ladies National Fencing Champion in 1931.
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The mystery isn't great but the cast are good and the film is lively and good fun, 28 May 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Whilst visiting the monthly meeting of a naval trust set up long ago one of her relatives, Miss Marple is surprised by the rudeness of Follie Hardwick who demands to speak outside of the agenda. Hardwick insists that his news will drop the rest of the agenda as irrelevant and, taking a pinch of snuff, he stands to speak. Seconds later he is dead from a heart attack and the police are called. Marple notices later that someone has stolen the dead man's snuff, but left the snuffbox. Believing the death was murder by way of poisoned snuff, Miss Marple insists on investigating, much to the chagrin of Detective Inspector Craddock.

For many viewers, myself included, this is not really a Miss Marple film as we think of it. For most of us this should be a film with Joan Hickson that is very slow and very English, however this is not to say that the Rutherford versions are not any good because they are actually pretty enjoyable. Less of a Miss Marple film, this is more a Margaret Rutherford film because she does her usual performance of huff, puff and sheer bloody-minded persistence. The plot is written around this well and is lively and fun with a surprise amount of comedy for a mystery film. The actual development of the case is not that strong but the whole thing is entertaining enough to avoid having to rely too heavily on just this aspect.

The cast make it work as well as it does. Rutherford could be accused of doing what comes naturally but so what if it works? Real life partner Stringer Davis is good value as always in his small role as is Tingwell in the typically cynical Detective Inspector. The crew of the ship are great fun; Jeffries is nearly always funny and he is well supported by Nimmo, Parsons, Mervyn and Benham. Nobody is brilliant and the film belongs to Rutherford, but the presence of some great comedians helps matters.

Overall this is an entertaining and enjoyable film that is driven by the force of Rutherford's presence. She may not be a great Miss Marple but she does what she does well. The rest of the cast are fun as well and they manage to cover the fact that the mystery side of things could have been stronger and more interesting. Light fun though.

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