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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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H. Driffold Cosgood
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Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
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Justice Crosby (as Andrew Cruikshank)
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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
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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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Opening credits: The events and characters depicted in the photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

The scissored copy of the Milchester Gazette found by Miss Marple is undated; as this is a mock-up especially for the film, it would seem that the date was, intentionally or otherwise, overlooked. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Miss Jane Marple: Mr. Cosgood, whatever I may or may not be, I am definitely no angel... Good-bye! Good luck!
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Soundtracks

Theme From Dr. Kildare
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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Murder Most Fun
28 July 2002 | by (Mansfield UK) – See all my reviews

When Agatha Christie created the spinster detective Jane Marple, she could never have pictured Rutherford playing the role on film.

Leaving aside Rutherfords distance from the written charecter, she does bring a wonderful quality to this film and the others in the series.

Playing opposite her real life husband, Stringer Davies, and with great support from Charles Tingwell, she sets out to prove that a miscarriage of justice is being perpetrated.

This brings her into contact with the Cosgood Players, run by Driffield Cosgood (Ron Moody).

Typically with Christie, the plot is not always fathomable, but the denouement is entertaining.

This film is good fun and Rutherford is hilarious as she gurns her way through the story.


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