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Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 January 1962 (USA)
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When Miss Jane Marple (Dame Margaret Rutherford) reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the Police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), David D. Osborn (adaptation) (as David Osborn) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Marple
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Quimper
Muriel Pavlow ... Emma
James Robertson Justice ... Ackenthorpe
Thorley Walters ... Cedric
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Conrad Phillips ... Harold
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Eastley
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Kidder
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Mr. Stringer
Ronnie Raymond Ronnie Raymond ... Alexander
Gerald Cross ... Albert
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Hillman
Barbara Leake ... Mrs. Helen Stainton
Gordon Harris Gordon Harris ... Bacon
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Miss Jane Marple's (Dame Margaret Rutherford's) on-board a train when she sees what appears to to be, a murder - a woman being strangled - in a passing train. When the Police refuse to believe her story, she decides to do some investigating of her own. In this, Rutherford's first appearance (as well as her first on-screen appearance) as Dame Agatha Christie's beloved sleuth. Though fans of the stories can see instantly see that Dame Margaret Rutherford does not fit Dame Agatha Christie's physical description of her, and Dame Agatha was not a fan with the casting decision - at first. But, when the two women met, they became big admirers of each other (Christie even dedicated one of her boois; "The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side" - to her "friend, Margaret Rutherford". Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

By the Author of "Witness for the Prosecution" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Murder, She Said' See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The opening line: "Station announcement. The train standing at platform 2 is the 4:50 for Ealing Broadway, Hanwell, Hayes, West Drayton, Langley, Taplow, Milchester, and Brackhampton." The first six are genuine stations along the western line from Paddington, while the last two are fictitious and taken from the novel on which this movie was based. See more »

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The warning sign at 00.10 contains a mis-spelling: "No tresspassing." See more »

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Dr. Quimper: You're going to live to be a hundred in spite of anything I can do.
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Followed by Murder at the Gallop (1963) See more »

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View it on its own terms and it delivers wholesome entertainment.
24 March 2010 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Waking from a doze in her train seat, Miss Jane Marple awakes in time to witness thru her window a young lady being strangled aboard a passing train. When she cries murder to the police, they suggest she was most likely only dreaming. Undaunted, she sets out to find the truth and to prove that she isn't indeed a dotty old spinster.

Directed by George Pollock, Murder She Said is adapted by David Osborn, David Pursall & Jack Seddon from the best selling book "4:50 From Paddington" (also published as What Mrs. McGillicudy Saw!) written by the legendary Agatha Christie. It stars Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow & James Robertson Justice.

Lets forget the book eh, and lets forget that Agatha Christie felt that Margaret Rutherford was wrong for the role of Miss. Jane Marple. How about we just view this delightful English mystery on its filmic terms? Rutherford is just lovely as Marple, putting her own classy stamp on the role, she was an instant hit and went on to make a further three Marple movies. It has all the classic elements for a Christie murder mystery. An odd family at a big foreboding residence {Ackenthorpe Hall} and sure enough there's something afoot here. Enter Rutherford's determined sleuther Miss. Marple as she enrols as housekeeper there and pokes around in search of clues. The suspense is built up, as is the mystery "who done it?" element, but the film never loses its sense of humour. Something that makes Rutherford's incarnation of Marple a joy to be involved with. Her play offs with James Robertson Justice's blustery old grump (Ackenthorpe), and wee Ronnie Raymond's Alexander are true high points in Pollock's movie.

Be it Marple or Poirot you know the formula at the heart of these murder mysteries. There are many adaptations to the screen of Christie's works, and for sure not all of them work. With that, Rutherford's tenure as Miss Marple probably ranks about middle tier in the pantheon. But that is still good enough for a jolly day of viewings, fun viewings that are propelled by the wonderful talent of Margaret Rutherford. 7.5/10


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