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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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Mrs. Gladys Thomas
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Bill Hanson
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Jim Stringer
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Sheila Upward
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Maureen Summers
Annette Kerr ...
Dorothy
Alison Seebohm ...
Eva McGonigall
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Sergeant Brick
Neil Stacy ...
Arthur (as Neil Stacey)
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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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miss marple | murder | jury | trial | woman | See All (82) »

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New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!


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Also Known As:

Vier Frauen und ein Mord  »

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Trivia

There are various references to the work of William Shakespeare: the title hails from "Hamlet" Act I, Scene V (lines 27-28) where the Ghost speaks: "Murder most foul, as in the best it is;/But this most foul, strange, and unnatural." A key phrase in the film hails from "Romeo and Juliet" ("What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet" (Act II, Scene II)). And Cosgood alludes to "Macbeth"'s line "Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care" (Act II, Scene II, lines 34-35). See more »

Goofs

When the two cats exit Miss Marple's room, a bird-like toy on a string can be seen moving in the background and up to the ceiling, attracting the cats so they'll follow down the hall. See more »

Quotes

H. Driffold Cosgood: [to Miss Marple] I'll fetch the scripts right away.
[to Ralph]
H. Driffold Cosgood: Ralph, call the theater. Tell them we're rehearsing on stage for a week...
Miss Jane Marple: Mr. Cosgood, I wouldn't think I was anyone's idea of a detective.
H. Driffold Cosgood: Not anyone's, dear Miss Marple, but you're mine. You're certainly mine.
Ralph Summers: ...and mine!
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Referenced in Castle: Murder Most Fowl (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dr. Kildare
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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Miss Marple still in top form.
4 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This Miss Marple film is based on the Agatha Christie novel "Mrs McGinty's Dead" in which a lodger is arrested for hanging his landlady, only because he was there when the police came.

Miss Marple is the only jury member to think that he is not guilty and annoys everyone because she holds back the verdict on the criminal. She discovers the dead woman was a stage actress and decides to enroll in the performing arts to find the real killer.

Miss Marple is played by Margaret Rutherford as great as ever and she is supported by Ron Moody as a theatrical organiser.


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