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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)
Bill Hibbert ... Constable (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")

Robert W. Service  writer: extract of the poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" (uncredited)

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 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20644) | 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 »
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
[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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Another Entertaining Story of Miss Marple, 17 June 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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