Despite not knowing him, the world's most famous detectives can't pass up the offer of a "dinner and murder" invitation from wealthy Lionel Twain. Each has no idea until their arrival at Two Two Twain who else will be in attendance. Those detectives are: amateur sleuths and New York socialites Dick and Dora Charleston, accompanied by their pet terrier, Myron; Belgian detective Monsieur Milo Perrier, accompanied by his chauffeur, Marcel; Shanghainese Inspector Sidney Wang, accompanied by his Japanese adopted son, Willie Wang; frumpish Brit Miss Jessica Marbles, accompanied by her invalid nurse, Miss Withers; and San Francisco gumshoe Sam Diamond, accompanied by his femme fatale sidekick, Tess Skeffington. The dinner part of the invitation runs into problems due to the non-communication between Twain's blind butler, Jamesir Bensonmum, and Twain's new deaf-mute and non-Anglophone cook, Yetta. On the murder side, the guests initially believe Twain will try to kill each of them. However, ... Written by
You are cordially invited to dinner... and a murder!
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Did You Know?
Originally Katharine Hepburn
was meant to play a character called Dame Abigail Christian (a spin on Agatha Christie
). Hepburn dropped out after hearing Myrna Loy
would not do the film. The character was changed to Dame Abigail Christmas, and Estelle Winwood
took the role. After numerous re-writes Estelle became Nurse Withers to a new character, Elsa Lanchester
's Miss Jessica Marbles. See more
When Milo Perrier, Sidney Wang and Jessica Marbles find the dead butler, Wang feels the wrist for a pulse and declares him dead. However, he did not even allow two seconds when feeling for a pulse, this is too short a time to determine if a pulse exists or not. See more
I smell gas!
I can't help it, I'm old.
No, not that kind of gas. The kind that kills!
Well, sometimes my gas...
As the opening credits begin, a pair of black-gloved hands comes into frame to unlock and open a footlocker containing the cardboard cutouts of the characters. These characters are displayed with their respective name credit. As the closing credits end, the same pair of black-gloved hands comes into frame to close and lock the footlocker. See more
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