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Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | March 1964 (UK)
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When Miss Jane Marple (Dame Margaret Rutherford) 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 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 Jane Marple's (Dame Margaret Rutherford'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 (Ron Moody). 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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New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!


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The music playing at the opening of the hospital scene is a reference to the television show Dr. Kildare (1961), down to the shot of the doors to the ward. The score alludes to the theme music from the series, "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", composed by Jerry Goldsmith. See more »

Goofs

We see two shots which apparently show Inspector Craddock rushing to Halford's Palace Theatre. The car in the first (a Wolseley 6/99) bears the registration YGA 370. In the following shot, it appears that the car has changed to a Wolseley 6/90, registration UUV 133. However, it is plausible that these are intended to be two different cars, both being sent to investigate the murder, even though no other officers than Craddock are seen in the subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Justice Crosby: Madam, either you will need to cease knitting or I shall need to cease judging.
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Soundtracks

Theme From Dr. Kildare
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Amusing whodunit
7 February 2000 | by MartaSee all my reviews

Margaret Rutherford makes an amusing Miss Marple in this all-English version of Agatha Christie's "Mrs. McGinty's Dead". With an outstanding supporting cast she manages to solve the murder mystery after joining the cast of a local theater group. A quiet but very english film; filmed in black and white it looks as if it is an older film than it is, but also has a modern feel to it since it was filmed in 1964. Ron Moody is wonderful as the theatrical Clifford Cosgood, who tries to convince Miss Marple to invest in his next play. Charles Tingwell plays the police inspector who gets all his clues from Miss Marple and seems always to be three steps behind her.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1964 (UK) See more »

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