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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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"Admirable light-hearted mystery." See more (32 total) »


  (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 »
Miscellaneous: The courtroom's main doors are decorated with the coat-of-arms of the king of Norway.See more »
Miss Jane Marple:[to Craddock] It may irritate you, Inspector, but sometimes women have superior minds. You'll simply have to accept it.See more »
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Theme From Dr. KildareSee more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
"Admirable light-hearted mystery.", 12 September 2005
Author: jamesraeburn2003 from Poole, Dorset

This is the third entry in MGM's quintet of Miss Marple whodunits starring Rutherford as the eccentric yet highly intelligent spinster detective who time and time again has proved herself more competent than the investigating police even though she is only armed with her knowledge of crime detective novels.

In this feature, Miss Marple is on jury service at the trial of a young man called Howard Taylor whom is accused of killing his landlady Mrs McGinty for her savings. All members of the jury are convinced of Taylor's guilt except Miss Marple. As a result they are unable to say if Taylor is guilty or not guilty and the trial has to be postponed until a later date. This gives Miss Marple the breathing space she needs to find the real killer. The trail leads her to discover that Mrs McGinty was a blackmailer and that she was blackmailing a member of "The Cosgood Players", which is run by the bungling playwright and director Driffold Cosgood (RON MOODY). She manages to secure a place in the company following an unlikely rendition of Robert W. Service's poem "The Shooting Of Dan McGrew" and she is now able to investigate her fellow actors. Two more murders follow within the company before Miss Marple is able to lay a trap for the killer. As usual the hapless Chief Inspector Craddock (CHARLES TINGWELL) resents her interference but as usual she comes out on top even though Craddock is promoted to Chief Inspector for his work on the case but it was Miss Marple who solved it for him!

All in all, MURDER MOST FOUL (adapted loosely from Agatha Christie's 1952 publication Mrs McGinty's Dead in which Hercule Poirot solved the case), has all the comedy delight and charm of its two predecessors, which made the series so popular. Director George Pollock who by now had proved that he was a very efficient craftsman effortlessly blends the humor with mystery and one isn't allowed to overlap the other - something that has ruined mystery films in the past. Rutherford plays Miss Marple with a great deal of authority and as always she steals the show. But Ron Moody as Cosgood, Tingwell as Craddock and Stringer Davies (Rutherford's real life husband) as her trusty sidekick Mr Stringer all deserve good notices as does composer Ron Goodwin, director Pollock and cinematographer Desmond Dickinson whose black and white camera-work lends the production a considerable atmosphere of the mysterious.

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