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The official screenwriters of this film, David Pursall and Jack Seddon, were greatly annoyed by the extensive rewriting of their script by director Frank Tashlin and actor Robert Morley; Tashlin also encouraged Morley and Tony Randall to ad-lib lines and business.
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The only film in which both Poirot (Tony Randall) and Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) appear.
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The film is based on Agatha Christie's "The ABC Murders." At the time The Alphabet Murders was made, ABC Cinemas was a major chain in Britain. Christie's title was changed to avoid them being offended (and possibly even refusing to screen the film).
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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.
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The final film of Austin Trevor, the first Poirot.
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Although passed by the BBFC in March 1965, the film was not released in the UK until July 1966 when it went out on the bottom half of a double bill with The Glass Bottom Boat (1966).
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At one point Seth Holt was slated to direct this film and Zero Mostel was to have played Poirot.
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