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Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | March 1964 (UK)
When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

David Pursall (screenplay), Jack Seddon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Jane Marple
Ron Moody ... H. Driffold Cosgood
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Justice Crosby (as Andrew Cruikshank)
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Gladys Thomas
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Ralph Summers
James Bolam ... Bill Hanson
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Jim Stringer
Francesca Annis ... Sheila Upward
Pauline Jameson ... Maureen Summers
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Dorothy
Alison Seebohm Alison Seebohm ... Eva McGonigall
Windsor Davies ... Sergeant Brick
Neil Stacy Neil Stacy ... Arthur (as Neil Stacey)
Maurice Good ... George Rowton
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Storyline

Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Marple's sole 'not guilty' vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group's hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood. Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer. Written by duke1029

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miss marple | murder | jury | trial | woman | See All (82) »

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New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vier Frauen und ein Mord See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While inspecting the contents of the victim's suitcase, Miss Marple finds flyers for a theatrical production of Agatha Christie's "Murder She Said": this is the title of the first movie in which Rutherford appeared as Miss Marple and is an in-joke as - despite Jim Stringer's claim that it's "an excellent play" - Christie wrote no such work. Some foreign-language prints give the play's title as "4.50 From Paddington", though this was similarly was never adapted for the stage. See more »

Goofs

The courtroom's main doors are decorated with the coat-of-arms of the King of Norway. See more »

Quotes

H. Driffold Cosgood: [to Miss Marple] I'll fetch the scripts right away.
[to Ralph]
H. Driffold Cosgood: Ralph, call the theater. Tell them we're rehearsing on stage for a week...
Miss Jane Marple: Mr. Cosgood, I wouldn't think I was anyone's idea of a detective.
H. Driffold Cosgood: Not anyone's, dear Miss Marple, but you're mine. You're certainly mine.
Ralph Summers: ...and mine!
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Connections

Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dr. Kildare
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Jane's no angel
14 February 2000 | by BILLYBOY-10See all my reviews

Jane's on jury duty and is the only one to find NOT GUILTY to a murder charge so she is off to find the real killer. She auditions to join the cast of a traveling players group in a get-up with a huge hydrangea blossom plunked in her bosom and recites "The killing of Dan McGrew". It's wonderful. The rest of the film is entertaining and the finale typically ironic and comical. These films are great, easy to watch and very light hearted.


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