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The name of the manor house where Marple conducts her inquiries was called Rutherford Hall in Agatha Christie's novel. This was changed to Ackenthorpe in the film to avoid comparison with the surname of Margaret Rutherford (Miss Marple).
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The character of Miss Marple's friend, Mr. Stringer, was not part of the original story. The part was written for Stringer Davis who was married to Margaret Rutherford.
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Despite privately remaining unimpressed by the film, Agatha Christie dedicated her 1962 book "The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side" to Margaret Rutherford, "in admiration".
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Richard Briers received £25 for his scene as "Mrs. Binster", shot on the final day of filming.
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Joan Hickson, who plays Mrs Kidder in this film, starred as Miss Jane Marple in a later version of the story Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987) and eleven other Miss Marple TV-movies.
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The part of Alexander was dubbed by child actor Martin Stephens, who had appeared in such films as Village of the Damned (1960) and The Innocents (1961).
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This was the first of the "Miss Marple" series starring Margaret Rutherford.
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Miss Marple gives her address as Old Pasture Lane, Milchester. In reality the house was owned by John Mills in Denham, Buckinghamshire.
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During the opening journey on the 4.50, Miss Marple reads "Death Has Windows" by Michael Southcott: this was a fictitious novel mocked up by the production team. Towards the close of the film she has a Fontana paperback copy of "Murder is Easy" by her creator, Agatha Christie.
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This film was a success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $342,000 ($2.83M in 2017) according to studio records.
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Craddock's forename is never given on-screen, though his office door gives the initial as 'R'.
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Working title: "Meet Miss Marple"
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Charles Tingwell, along with Thorley Walters, is given "guest starring" credit for his role as Craddock. He would reprise his role in the other three films in this series.
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Miss Marple brings her golf clubs to Ackenthorpe Hall and uses the ruse of hitting golf balls hither and yon to allow her to explore the grounds and outbuildings, looking for the body of the woman she saw murdered on the train. She tells young Alexander that she won the Ladies Open Handicap in 1921.
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The name of "Emma Ackenthorpe" was changed to "Evelin Ackenthorpe" in the German dubbed version.
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Arthur Kennedy who plays Dr. Kemper is noticeably miscast as he is the only American to be cast in A British production with an all British commonwealth players.
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