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Murder by Death
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Murder by Death -- An eccentric millionaire (Truman Capote) invites the world's top detectives to his remote mansion in this clever comedy by Neil Simon. He involves them (Charlie Chan, Miss Marple and Sam Spade, amongothers) in a baffling whodunit, convinced he can out-sleuth them all.
Murder by Death -- Trailer for this classic Neil Simon film starring Peter Sellers

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Director:
Writer:
Neil Simon (written by)
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Release Date:
23 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
By the time the world's greatest detectives figure out whodunnit... you could die laughing! See more »
Plot:
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Great Comic Ensemble Piece See more (159 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Robert Moore 
 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (written by)

Produced by
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Art Direction by
Harry Kemm 
 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... makeup (as Joseph Di Bella)
Charles H. Schram .... makeup supervisor (as Charles Schram)
Vivienne Walker .... hairstylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred T. Gallo .... assistant director
David Sosna .... second assistant director (as David O. Sosna)
 
Art Department
Terry E. Lewis .... property master
Ron Frazier .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound mixer
Joseph Kite .... boom operator
Tex Rudloff .... re-recordist
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
 
Stunts
Maurice Marks .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Edesa .... assistant cameraman
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Shearman Jr.)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Faso .... costumer: men
Agnes G. Henry .... costumer: women
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising film editor
John Brice .... apprentice film editor
Michael A. Stevenson .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
George Probert .... music editor
 
Other crew
Charles Addams .... title drawings
Frank Bueno .... assistant to producer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Shari Leibowitz .... assistant to production manager
Mary Malin .... assistant: to Ann Roth
Vince Martinez .... auditor
George Rondo .... dialogue coach
Carol Shapiro .... unit publicist
Julia Tucker .... script continuity
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Neil Simon's Murder by Death" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Belgium:Tous | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2003) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #24496) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Orson Welles was originally considered for the role of Inspector Wang but was unable to accept because he was appearing in a play in Italy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the early kitchen scenes the bread in the box on the kitchen table is pointing in the direction of the stove/back door. After the butler has been discovered dead, the bread points in the opposite direction. As the three detectives exit, the bread stands straight up.See more »
Quotes:
Dick Charleston:[introducing them] My wife Dora. Inspector Perrier.
Milo Perrier:Très charmant.
[kisses her hand, then coughs]
Dora Charleston:I'm sorry. Our room is so dusty.
Milo Perrier:My fault. I should have blown first.
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44 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Great Comic Ensemble Piece, 13 June 2004
Author: fx_gent from Fairfax, VA

This movie is a wonderful example of what you can achieve when you combine a great script with a fantastic cast. It is one of the great comic ensemble films, ranking up there along with Its a Mad, Mad, Mad World and Clue. I have loved this film since I first saw it back in the 70s and still find it just as funny today. I had hoped for sometime that a special DVD would be released to mark this film and allow us to know more about how it was made and hear comments from the surviving cast. Sadly, the DVD does have a great interview with Neil Simon, but nothing else. I was also disappointed to see absent missing scenes, especially the one showing Sherlock Holmes showing up at the end. Still, it was great to retire my dogeared video tape.

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