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Murder at the Gallop (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | December 1963 (Austria)
When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Marple suspects one of his four relatives, all heirs to his estate, of his murder.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

James P. Cavanagh (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Jane Marple
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Mr. Stringer
Robert Morley ... Hector Enderby
Flora Robson ... Miss Milchrest
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Gordon Harris Gordon Harris ... Sergeant Bacon
Robert Urquhart ... George Crossfield
Katya Douglas Katya Douglas ... Rosamund Shane
James Villiers James Villiers ... Michael Shane
Noel Howlett ... Mr. Trundell
Finlay Currie ... Old Enderby
Duncan Lamont ... Hillman
Kevin Stoney ... Doctor Markwell
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Storyline

The old and wealthy Mr. Enderby dies of a heart attack but the ever suspicious Miss Marple has her doubts. Who or what gave him a heart attack? Enderby's poor relatives gather at the The Gallop, a combined boarding-house and riding school. Miss Marple also gets there to find out if any of them had any particular reasons to see him dead. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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(The Raciest Mystery of the Season!)


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1963 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Wachsblumenstrauß See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The four films in this series were regarded as "B" films highlighted by superb casts. For this entry, two of the cast members would go on to be knighted: Dame Flora Robson and, of course, Dame Margaret Rutherford. And not forgetting its original creator, Dame Agatha Christie. See more »

Goofs

Miss Milchrest is to inherit a painting from Mr. Enderby's sister, Cora. Cora presumably painted it herself. George Crossfield and Rosamund Shane are quarreling about a painting which belonged to Mr. Enderby. George suggests Mr. Enderby must have picked it up 30 years ago in Paris. As an art dealer George knows what that picture is worth and he wants it. But the painting is hidden by someone. Mrs. Marple seems to have the painting and sends Mr. Stringer to London with it, to get it evaluated. When Mr. Stringer returns that evening, we learn that the painting is worth at least £50.000. This same painting is somewhat later recognized by Miss Milchrest as Cora's painting. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shane: All right, so I lied to the policeman that morning, about riding. What difference does it make?
Rosamund Shane: Depends what you were doing.
Michael Shane: Well, I had some business, in the City.
Rosamund Shane: Did you? I hope it was to say goodbye to her.
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Followed by Murder Ahoy (1964) See more »

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A Delightful Agatha Christie/Margaret Rutherford British who-dunnit
23 October 2004 | by catman47See all my reviews

Murder At The Gallop was one in a series of Miss Marple/Margaret Rutherford British mysteries...Rutherford certainly appears and acts quite differently from the character of Miss Marple which Agatha Christie created. If you want to see the Christie books presented accurately on screen, view the versions with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. They work perfectly with the characters, settings and time period of the orginals.

However, authenticity is not one of the reasons for seeing this series of films. Margaret Rutherford is a screen gem...working with her real life husband, Stringer Davis, as co-sleuth (his character never appeared in any of the Christie novels) they form a wonderful partnership. I only wish they had continued this series. 'Gallop' features some excellent supporting actors -- Flora Robson, Finlay Curie and especially Robert Morley. It's filmed in beautiful black and white which captures the early 1960's quite well.

For an entertaining evening of pure delight this is a mystery to cherish!


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