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Murder by Death
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Murder by Death -- Trailer for this classic Neil Simon film starring Peter Sellers

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Writer:
Neil Simon (written by)
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Release Date:
23 June 1976 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Great Comic Ensemble Piece See more (152 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eileen Brennan ... Tess Skeffington

Truman Capote ... Lionel Twain

James Coco ... Milo Perrier

Peter Falk ... Sam Diamond

Alec Guinness ... Bensonmum

Elsa Lanchester ... Jessica Marbles

David Niven ... Dick Charleston

Peter Sellers ... Sidney Wang

Maggie Smith ... Dora Charleston
Nancy Walker ... Maid

Estelle Winwood ... Nurse

James Cromwell ... Marcel

Richard Narita ... Willie Wang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Myron ... Myron the Dog (uncredited)

Fay Wray ... Screaming Door Bell (archive sound) (uncredited)
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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 (film editor)
 
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
 
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
 
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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Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Peter Sellers reportedly played a number of practical jokes on cast and crew during filming, including once calling Neil Simon up whilst imitating co-star Alec Guinness and demanding a re-write of a key scene in the middle of the night. Neither Guinness nor Simon was amused.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: At one point, Monsieur Perrier is separated from the others by a locked door. Sam Diamond solves the problem by shooting out the lock. However, later, when he and Miss Skeffington are locked in their bedroom, it doesn't occur to Diamond to free them using the same method.See more »
Quotes:
Sidney Wang:Very interesting theory, Mr. Charleston, but you overlook one very important point.
Dick Charleston:And that is?
Sidney Wang:Is STUPID! Is most stupid theory I ever heard.
[laughs]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Rebecca (1940)See more »

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40 out of 46 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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