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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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Release Date:
23 June 1976 (USA) See more »
By the time the world's greatest detectives figure out whodunnit... you could die laughing! See more »
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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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One of my all time top 10 films See more (160 total) »


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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
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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94 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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) | USA:TV-14 (TV Rating) | West Germany:12

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Neil Simon remained on the set to take care of re-writes, as he did with this picture's sequel, The Cheap Detective (1978). Simon took such a shine to Alec Guinness during the picture's production that he told him if he did not like anything in the film, he'd immediately rewrite it for him, but Guinness assured him it was great fun for him.See more »
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 »
Jamesir Bensonmum:She murdered herself in her sleep, sir.
Dick Charleston:You mean suicide?
Jamesir Bensonmum:Oh no, it was murder, all right. Mrs. Twain HATED herself.
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53 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
One of my all time top 10 films, 13 March 2004
Author: LauraAS from Surrey, England

An amazing ensemble cast who must have all had their tongues most firmly planted in their cheeks to produce their performances in this highly amusing murder mystery spoof.

By incorporating plots and characters from your favourite classic crime genres and gently poking fun at them all it is both funny and comfortingly familiar.

So if you want great visual gags (blind butler, deaf maid), superb one liners (especially from Maggie Smith & David Niven) and to escape for 90 minutes back into the gentler, less realistic Golden Age of Crime then you need look no further.

If only there were outtakes.

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