Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.
An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.
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
The £25,000 each heir receives would equal about $70,000 at the time or around $553,000 in 2016. See more »
When Miss Marple and Stringer enter her cottage they go through the front door which has a window on the same level as the top "yale" lock. The next scene inside the cottage shows the door without a window. See more »
[reading out Mr. Enderby's will]
"And though it is with some regret that I finally satisfy the greed of my relatives, I nevertheless do devise and bequeath that my entire estate be divided equally between: My fourth cousin, Geroge Crossfield, in order that he no longer need borrow from his clients' funds. My niece, Rosamund Shane, in oder that she may support her husband in the style to which he would like to be accustomed. To my nephew, Hector Enderby, in order that he may be able in order that...
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A Delightful Agatha Christie/Margaret Rutherford British who-dunnit
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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