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Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | March 1964 (UK)
When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

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Cast

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H. Driffold Cosgood
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Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Justice Crosby (as Andrew Cruikshank)
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Gladys Thomas
Ralph Michael ...
Ralph Summers
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Bill Hanson
Stringer Davis ...
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Sheila Upward
Pauline Jameson ...
Maureen Summers
Annette Kerr ...
Dorothy
Alison Seebohm ...
Eva McGonigall
Windsor Davies ...
Sergeant Brick
Neil Stacy ...
Arthur (as Neil Stacey)
Maurice Good ...
George Rowton
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Storyline

Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Marple's sole 'not guilty' vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group's hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood. Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer. Written by duke1029

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New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!


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Trivia

The first of five TV and film Agatha Christie productions that Francesca Annis will appear in including a Geraldine McEwan Miss Marple. See more »

Goofs

We see two shots which apparently show Inspector Craddock rushing to Halford's Palace Theatre. The car in the first (a Wolseley 6/99) bears the registration YGA 370. In the following shot it appears that the car has changed to a Wolseley 6/90, registration UUV 133. However it is plausible that these are intended to be two different cars, both being sent to investigate the murder, even though no other officers than Craddock are seen in the subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Justice Crosby: Madam, either you will need to cease knitting or I shall need to cease judging.
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Connections

References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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Theme From Dr. Kildare
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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Another Entertaining Story of Miss Marple
17 June 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

During the trial of the prime suspect of the murder of Mrs. McGinty, Miss Jane Marple (Margaret Rutherford) is the only member of the jury that believes that the accused is innocent. The judge schedules another trial and Miss Marple invites her friend Jim Stringer (Stringer Davis) to go to the house of the victim to talk with her sister and snoop around.

Miss Marple discovers that Mrs. McGinty was an actress and she joins the theatrical company of H. Driffold Cosgood (Ron Moody) to investigate and find the real killer. But soon people around her dies and Inspector Craddock (Charles Tingwell) and Mr. Stringer are worried about her safety.

"Murder Most Foul" is another entertaining story by Agatha Christie with her sweet and snoopy Miss Marple. Mrs. Margaret Rutherford is hilarious and her logic is always funny, especially when she discusses the crimes with Inspector Craddock. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Crime É Crime" ("Crime Is Crime")


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