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.
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.
Margaret Rutherford's true life story is in fact much more eccentric than the most famous fictional role she ever played: Miss Jane Marple - Agatha Christie's amateur sleuth. Rutherford's ... See full summary »
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.
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 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 »
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 »
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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