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Murder Ahoy (1964)

After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

David Pursall (original screenplay), Jack Seddon (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Jane Marple
Lionel Jeffries ... Captain Sydney De Courcy Rhumstone
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Chief Insp. Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Comm. Breeze-Connington
Joan Benham ... Matron Alice Fanbraid
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Mr. Jim Stringer
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Dr. Crump
Miles Malleson ... Bishop Faulkner
Henry Oscar ... Lord Rudkin
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Sub-Lt. Eric Humbert
Gerald Cross ... Brewer (aka Lt. Commander Dimchurch)
Norma Foster Norma Foster ... Asst. Matron Shirley Boston
Terence Edmond Terence Edmond ... Sgt. Bacon
Francis Matthews ... Lt. Compton
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Millie
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Storyline

Miss Marple investigates the murder of one of her fellow trustees of a fund which rehabilitates young criminals. To investigate she goes aboard the ship used to train the juveniles, much to the distress of the Captain. She soon stumbles onto more murders, and a ring of thieves. Written by <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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New mischief amidst the mizzen-masts!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mörder ahoi! See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A fifth Miss Marple film, based on Agatha Christie's 1942 novel "The Body in the Library", was mooted but never made. See more »

Goofs

The typeface of Jim Stringer's first name is reversed in the closing credits, spelled MIJ with the J backward. This does not occur on the Australian DVD where he is credited as "Mr. Stringer". See more »

Quotes

Miss Marple: [to Craddock] Embezzlement is one thing - proof of triple murder is another. Softly, softly catches monkey in a mousetrap.
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A life on the ocean waves...NOT!
21 November 2001 | by derek william hallSee all my reviews

This was the fourth and final offering in the Rutherford/Marple quartet of old English masterpieces. As good as it was though - and it did not let us down as yet another reminder of how quaint some parts of a middle class England of yesteryear were - this was, perhaps, the least riveting of the great Dame's portrayal of the delightful Miss Marple.

For those who are interested in locations, the centrepiece of the tale, H.M.S.Battledore, was anchored in the bay betwixt Falmouth and St.Mawes (in cushty Cornwall) with the latter named small town providing the backdrop for the thefts of the scallywags who were supposed to be being reformed as part of a trust initiative to aid young men who had been led astray. From the outset of the plot, a 'snuff' murder way ahead of its time, we were kept on our toes as Miss Marple (as ever, ably assisted by her elderly beau, Mr.Stringer) weaved her way through the suspects aboard that fabulous old ship which looks as if it has just been vacated by Drake or Nelson. Nevertheless, the contemporary Captain, played to perfection (by Lionel Jeffries) with a mixture of 'old sea salt' zest and a zany personality unmatched by the rest of the crew, almost upstages the film's star with his demeanour ranging from the seeming son of Blackbeard through to a sort of Peter Pan who has lived all his dreams and desires of great seamanship within a perpetual stone's throw of land.

The sword fight at the end may ahve been a bit naff - but it didn't matter, we knew who would win as Jane was bound to have been a fencing champion of some sort in her merry old past. But what was surprsing was that this proved to be the last of a proven fromula that ought to have been repeated many times over.

A thoroughly good yarn - best watched with a flaggon of cider to keep one's whistle wet!


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