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Murder by Death (1976)

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Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

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Complete credited cast:
... Tess Skeffington
... Lionel Twain
... Milo Perrier
... Sam Diamond
... Bensonmum
... Jessica Marbles
... Dick Charleston
... Sidney Wang
... Dora Charleston
... Maid
... Nurse
... Marcel
... Willie Wang
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Despite not knowing him, the world's most famous detectives can't pass up the offer of a "dinner and murder" invitation from wealthy Lionel Twain. Each has no idea until their arrival at Two Two Twain who else will be in attendance. Those detectives are: amateur sleuths and New York socialites Dick and Dora Charleston, accompanied by their pet terrier, Myron; Belgian detective Monsieur Milo Perrier, accompanied by his chauffeur, Marcel; Shanghainese Inspector Sidney Wang, accompanied by his Japanese adopted son, Willie Wang; frumpish Brit Miss Jessica Marbles, accompanied by her invalid nurse, Miss Withers; and San Francisco gumshoe Sam Diamond, accompanied by his femme fatale sidekick, Tess Skeffington. The dinner part of the invitation runs into problems due to the non-communication between Twain's blind butler, Jamesir Bensonmum, and Twain's new deaf-mute and non-Anglophone cook, Yetta. On the murder side, the guests initially believe Twain will try to kill each of them. However, ... Written by Huggo

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By the time the world's greatest detectives figure out whodunnit... you could die laughing! See more »


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23 June 1976 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's Murder by Death  »

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$32,511,047, 31 December 1976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,453,202
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1.33 : 1
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''We should have taped the first read-through of the script and released it as a comedy album. It was a classic", reported many of the production personnel after first rehearsal session together of the film's the cast and crew. According to writer Neil Simon, "the first reading is where I see what works and what doesn't. It was the best one I've ever witnessed for any of my plays or films". Simon was on the set of "Murder By Death" every day. See more »

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At one point, Monsieur Perrier is separated from the others by a locked door. Sam Diamond solves the problem by shooting out the lock. However, later, when he and Miss Skeffington are locked in their bedroom, it doesn't occur to Diamond to free them using the same method. See more »

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Tess Skeffington: Twain picked up Sam in a gay bar.
Sam Diamond: I was working on a case! Working.
Tess Skeffington: Every night for six months?
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Opening credits: Starring (In Diabolical Order) See more »

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Spoofs The House Without a Key (1926) See more »

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Great Comic Ensemble Piece
13 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a wonderful example of what you can achieve when you combine a great script with a fantastic cast. It is one of the great comic ensemble films, ranking up there along with Its a Mad, Mad, Mad World and Clue. I have loved this film since I first saw it back in the 70s and still find it just as funny today. I had hoped for sometime that a special DVD would be released to mark this film and allow us to know more about how it was made and hear comments from the surviving cast. Sadly, the DVD does have a great interview with Neil Simon, but nothing else. I was also disappointed to see absent missing scenes, especially the one showing Sherlock Holmes showing up at the end. Still, it was great to retire my dogeared video tape.


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