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Murder at the Gallop (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | December 1963 (Austria)
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When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Jane Marple (Dame Margaret Rutherford) 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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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 Robert Urquhart ... George Crossfield
Katya Douglas Katya Douglas ... Rosamund Shane
James Villiers ... Michael Shane
Noel Howlett ... Mr. Trundell
Finlay Currie ... Old Enderby
Duncan Lamont ... Hillman
Kevin Stoney ... Doctor Markwell
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The old and wealthy Mr. Enderby (Finlay Currie) dies of a heart attack but the ever suspicious Miss Jane Marple (Dame Margaret Rutherford) 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 Jane 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 twenty-five thousand pounds sterling each heir received would equal about seventy thousand dollars at the time, or around five hundred fifty-three thousand dollars in 2016. See more »

Goofs

During the reading of the will, one of the men says, "Really, Aunt Cora, that's a very silly thing to say!" However, none of the mouth movements of the four men present matches the words. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: Am I to assume that you are not going to do anything about this?
Inspector Craddock: Nothing whatever. You see, I'm a policeman, Miss Marple. I'm only interested in facts.
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Connections

Version of Poirot: After the Funeral (2005) See more »

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Brisk Agatha Christie mystery moves at a gallop...
26 June 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is possibly MARGARET RUTHERFORD's most satisfactory excursion into Agtha Christie-land and she's helped by a delightful Ron Goodwin score that emphasizes her character with an infectious main theme and the gorgeous B&W photography, full of sinister shadows and proper atmospheric effects.

Furthermore, Miss Rutherford is surrounded by some formidable British talent, such as Stringer Davis (his Mr. Stringer is always a delight), Robert Morley (blustery but fun), and most notably, FLORA ROBSON, remarkable as the timid companion of an elderly woman.

I've seen most of these Miss Marple mysteries from the 1960s, and this has got to be one of the best. It moves at a swift gallop (unlike some of the more tedious, slow-paced BBC versions), and the accent is on the humorous characterization that Rutherford is capable of. Purists may not think it serves Agatha Christie well, but taken on its own as a piece of comedy/mystery entertainment, it stands up well in that genre.

Highly recommended.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1963 (Austria) See more »

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