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Murder Most Foul -- Elderly sleuth Miss Marple joins a small-town theatre to investigate a murder.


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March 1964 (UK) See more »
New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!
When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Jane Marple

Ron Moody ... 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

James Bolam ... Bill Hanson
Stringer Davis ... Jim Stringer

Francesca Annis ... 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
Stella Tanner ... Mrs. Florrie Harris

Dennis Price ... Harris Tumbrill
Terry Scott ... Police Constable Wells
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney Arnold ... Vicar (uncredited)
Eric Francis ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Lucy Griffiths ... Miss Rusty (uncredited)
Arthur Howell ... Police Constable in Theatre Box (uncredited)
Gerry Judge ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Ross Parker ... Mr. Strawbridge (uncredited)
Susan Richards ... Cleaning Lady (uncredited)
Michael Segal ... Stagehand (uncredited)
John Wilder ... Chief Constable (uncredited)

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

Agatha Christie (novel "Mrs. McGinty's Dead")

Produced by
Ben Arbeid .... producer
Lawrence P. Bachmann .... executive producer (uncredited)
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
Frank White 
Production Management
Sydney Streeter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Allan Sones .... sound editor
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Crew verified as complete

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12

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This was the penultimate production in the series of four films with Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane Marple. The last is Murder Ahoy (1964) (made the same year as Murder Most Foul (1964)), in which Inspector Craddock has been promoted to the rank Chief Inspector. After the series concluded Rutherford and her husband Stringer Davis reprised their roles of Miss Marple and Mr Stringer only once more, for a brief cameo appearance in The Alphabet Murders (1965).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Murder She Said (1961)See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
George Pollock deserves kudos for mixing crime with comedy, 26 January 2003
Author: Jugu Abraham ( from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

George Pollock's name never gets mentioned among major directors. Yet four of his Miss Marple films as best remembered for Ron Goodwin's music and the wonderful Dame Margaret Rutherford and real life husband Stringer Davis.

The four films of Pollock combined mystery with comedy in a way that it entertains even after 40 years after the films were made. The elements that hold up these four films were great casting, good screenplay, crisp editing, and charming music and sound effects. Pollock is not a David Lean or a philosopher-director. He is merely making cinema that is gripping and entertaining and how well he accomplishes this.

This film is the second only to "Murder Ahoy" among the four. And since "Murder Ahoy" followed "Murder Most Foul", it would be only too clear that Pollock was gaining in confidence and elegance with each film. In each of his "Murder" films Pollock cast a major British actor. In this one it is the talented Ron Moody (Fagin of "Oliver!"). In each of the four films the chosen British actor provides a counterpoint and balance to Dame Rutherford's major role. One tends to remember Miss Marple and not the other meaty roles (Lionel Jeffries, Robert Morley, James Robertson Justice)in each of the "Murder" films. All the four were memorable but Moody and Jeffries were truly remarkable. I found this a major work of Moody though not as memorable as his interpretation of Fagin and Uriah Heep in other films.

The juxtaposition of crime and comedy looks natural thanks to Pollock and imaginative casting. Pollock is probably a quiet achiever deserving more attention by critics and historians of British cinema.

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