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Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  March 1964 (UK)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ...
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H. Driffold Cosgood
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
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 Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!


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Vier Frauen und ein Mord  »

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Dennis Price filmed his major cameo in one day. See more »

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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

[the judge has just declared a retrial because the jury cannot agree on a unanimous verdict - it is Miss Marple whose verdict differs from all the other jurors]
Inspector Craddock: [sighing] If ever there was an open-and-shut case, this was it. One member of that jury was being deliberately perverse.
[Miss Marple walks up]
Miss Jane Marple: Many more than one, Inspector, I assure you. Eleven, to be precise.
Police Constable Wells: That woman has made a mockery of my one and only murder.
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Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: A Crime Most Foul (1976) See more »

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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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