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Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 January 1962 (USA)
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When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), David D. Osborn (adaptation) (as David Osborn) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Marple
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Quimper
Muriel Pavlow ... Emma
James Robertson Justice ... Ackenthorpe
Thorley Walters ... Cedric
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Conrad Phillips ... Harold
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Eastley
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Kidder
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Mr. Stringer
Ronnie Raymond Ronnie Raymond ... Alexander
Gerald Cross ... Albert
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Hillman
Barbara Leake ... Mrs. Helen Stainton
Gordon Harris Gordon Harris ... Bacon
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Storyline

Miss Marple's onboard a train when she sees what appears to be, a murder - a woman being strangled - in a passing train. When the police refuser to believe her story, she decides to do some investigating of her own. In this, same Marsha's Rutherford's first appearance (as well as her first on-screen appearance) as Agatha Christie's beloved sleuth. Though fans of the stories can see instantly see that Ms Rutherford does not fit Ms Christy's physical description of her, and Ms Christy was not a fan with the casting decision - at first. But, when the 2 women met, they became big admirers of each other (Christy even dedicated one of her boois; The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side - to her 'friend, Margaret Rutherford'. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Who is the blonde in the box? See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Murder, She Said' See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Miss Marple gives her address as Old Pasture Lane, Milchester. In reality the house was owned by John Mills in Denham, Buckinghamshire. See more »

Goofs

The train in the scene showing the second train overtaking is hauled by a BR Standard Class 4 tank engine but in two previous shots the train was hauled by a tender engine. See more »

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Ackenthorpe: Marple her name, marble her nature.
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Followed by Murder Most Foul (1964) See more »

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Long Live Margaret Rutherford!
22 February 2010 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Margaret Rutherford stars for the first time as Dame Agatha Christie's sleuth Miss Jane Marple in "Murder, She Said," which costars Arthur Kennedy, James Robertson Justice, and her real-life husband, Stringer Davis, as her closest friend, Mr. Stringer.

On a train ride, she witnesses a murder taking place on a passing train, when the shutter concealing it flies open. Of course, no one believes her. So she proceeds to investigate the murder herself, despite Inspector Craddock's (Charles Tingwell) discouragement to do so. But, all that is secondary to Miss Rutherford.

Margaret Rutherford is Miss Jane Marple and gives the performance of a lifetime in all four movies of this mystery series. The best one of the four in terms of story, acting by all concerned, and sheer entertainment, in my opinion, would be the second one, Murder at the Gallop. Murder Ahoy and Murder Most Foul follow. But all of them I would rank as between 7 and 10. If you've never seen these, then you're missing one of the best things ever to come from not only British cinema, but cinema itself.

Maragaret Rutherford rocks! Long live Margaret Rutherford!


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