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The Model Murder Case (1963)

Girl in the Headlines (original title)
When a beautiful girl is murdered, Inspector Birkett finds that she had some famous friends who don't want publicity.

Director:

Michael Truman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hendry ... Insp. Birkett
Ronald Fraser ... Detective Sgt. Saunders
Margaret Johnston ... Mrs. Gray
Natasha Parry ... Perlita Barker
Jeremy Brett ... Jordan Barker
Kieron Moore ... Herter
Peter Arne ... Hammond Barker
Jane Asher ... Lindy Birkett
Rosalie Crutchley ... Maude Klein
Robert Harris ... William Lamotte
Duncan Macrae ... Barney
Zena Walker ... Mildred Birkett
James Villiers ... David Dane
Alan White Alan White ... Insp. Blackwell
Martin Boddey ... Inspector
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When a beautiful girl is murdered, Inspector Birkett finds that she had some famous friends who don't want publicity.

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Taglines:

Who Killed Ursula Gray?...a mystery thriller in the fine British tradition! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Doug Robinson worked five days. See more »

Goofs

When Birkett & Saunders are driving to Rotherhithe to visit Jordan Barker, Birkett is driving. But when they park, Birkett gets out of the passenger side & Saunders gets out of the drivers side. See more »

Soundtracks

Casta Diva
From the opera "Norma" by Vincenzo Bellini
Sung by Elizabeth Vaughan
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Neither Poirot,nor Marple.
13 December 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

And no Christie either.Hence a rather unexciting detective story which blends Agatha's whodunit with film noir elements.A bevy of characters is overkill in lieu of a well-constructed mystery.The performances are a bit listless and the director tries a hand at humor with one of his inspectors'cold.Attshoo!

The most interesting in this movie is the settings,chiefly in the second half.One of them seems to be a gay bar,but the word (it's 1963)is not uttered;Some scenes are filmed on location on the Thames banks; a chase in a graveyard is rather good.

Nevertheless,it will satisfy neither Christie's countless following (the plot is too poor) nor the film noir buffs (too watered-down and not enough ambiguity).Stick with Hercule,Jane,and co.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Model Murder Case See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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