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The Alphabet Murders (1965)

Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Amanda Beatrice Cross
... Hastings
Maurice Denham ... Japp
... Duncan Doncaster
Sheila Allen ... Lady Diane
James Villiers ... Franklin
... Don Fortune
Grazina Frame ... Betty Barnard
... 'X'
... Sir Carmichael Clarke
... Wolf
... Sergeant
... Cracknell
... Judson
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The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials. The first victim is A.A. the second B.B. and so on. Poirot is assisted in his investigations by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Put them all together - they spell MURDER! See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Comedy

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17 May 1966 (USA)  »

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The first draft of the screenplay, written several years before the film was made, was a collaboration between actor Zero Mostel and director Seth Holt - although Holt later claimed that "collaboration" really meant Mostel doing a series of dazzling comic improvisations around the basis of Agatha Christie's original plot whilst he, Holt, desperately tried to write it all down as quickly as possible whilst convulsed with laughter. See more »

Goofs

Japp's opening of Betty Barnard's bathroom door makes the wall and mirror shake, revealing it as a studio set. See more »

Quotes

Hastings: Where have you been? What have you been doing?
Hercule Poirot: Arranging a little extra insurance my friend.
Hastings: Oh really? Personally I always feel perfectly safe with British railways. Mind you its very different in France, isn't it?
Hercule Poirot: I wouldn't know. I am not French, I am Belgian.
Hastings: Well it's the same thing, you both eat horsemeat.
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Crazy Credits

Tony Randall emerges from Borehamwood Studios' Stage 4 to introduce the film and acknowledge his own starring credit, first as himself and then in full Poirot make-up and character. See more »

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Remade as Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) See more »

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Prelude no.7 in A
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Brian Fahey
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Poirot in a different light...
4 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Tony Randall is perfectly cast as Poirot if one was doing a comedy take-off on the Christie Hero. Anita Ekberg & Robert Morley do well, but it's the very familiar and delightful Margaret Rutherford (and Stringer Davis) who give this good picture a boost! I went with the comedy and found this rare effort smashingly well done. Recommended highly for those who like comedy with their Christie. A 9 from me.


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