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The Alphabet Murders (1965)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Comedy  -  17 May 1966 (USA)
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Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials.

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Amanda Beatrice Cross
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Maurice Denham ...
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Duncan Doncaster
Sheila Allen ...
Lady Diane
James Villiers ...
Franklin
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Don Fortune
Grazina Frame ...
Betty Barnard
Clive Morton ...
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Cyril Luckham ...
Richard Wattis ...
Wolf
David Lodge ...
Sergeant
Patrick Newell ...
Cracknell
Austin Trevor ...
Judson
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Storyline

The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials. The first victim is A.A. the second B.B. and so on. Poirot is assisted in his investigations by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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It's really no mystery why this girl is MURDER... it's as simple as ABC if you look hard enough! See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Comedy

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17 May 1966 (USA)  »

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The ABC Murders  »

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The only film in which both Poirot (Tony Randall) and Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) appear. See more »

Goofs

Albert Aachen climbs to the top of the diving boards during his aquaclown rehearsal, picking up a bottle with his right hand to take a swig from it, with the left theatrically outstretched. The shot changes to a close-up, and Aachen now has the bottle in his left hand. He smiles and the shot changes to a long one - where the bottle is now back a few steps behind him on the platform as he dives. See more »

Quotes

Hastings: Where have you been? What have you been doing?
Hercule Poirot: Arranging a little extra insurance my friend.
Hastings: Oh really? Personally I always feel perfectly safe with British railways. Mind you its very different in France, isn't it?
Hercule Poirot: I wouldn't know. I am not French, I am Belgian.
Hastings: Well it's the same thing, you both eat horsemeat.
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Crazy Credits

Tony Randall emerges from Borehamwood Studios' Stage 4 to introduce the film and acknowledge his own starring credit, first as himself and then in full Poirot make-up and character. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Second Base Steele (1984) See more »

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Prelude no.7 in A
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Brian Fahey
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Good for a few laughs
24 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that this movie is NOT to be taken seriously! But it is well worth the time if you like over the top characters. I enjoyed the movie BECAUSE you weren't supposed to take it seriously. Tony Randall does a wonderful job being so fussy. I enjoy Dame Agatha and I feel that she MADE the detective an over the top character. He had SO many faults! He was vain, fussy, a slave to his stomach, and generally very much more than he is ever portrayed in the movies. I love David Suchet in the role, but I do feel that Tony Randall tried to do something with the role that no one else has and that is to try to give him the eccentricities that Dame Agatha gave him. I know that this bothers many, but it is truer to the actual character that he was created with in the books. But I feel that the books themselves are meant to be taken lightheartedly.


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