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Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 January 1962 (USA)
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When Miss Jane Marple (Dame Margaret Rutherford) 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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Miss Jane Marple's (Dame Margaret Rutherford's) on-board a train when she sees what appears to to be, a murder - a woman being strangled - in a passing train. When the Police refuse to believe her story, she decides to do some investigating of her own. In this, Rutherford's first appearance (as well as her first on-screen appearance) as Dame Agatha Christie's beloved sleuth. Though fans of the stories can see instantly see that Dame Margaret Rutherford does not fit Dame Agatha Christie's physical description of her, and Dame Agatha was not a fan with the casting decision - at first. But, when the two women met, they became big admirers of each other (Christie 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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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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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The character of Miss Jane Marple's friend, Mr. Stringer, was not part of the original story. The part was written for Stringer Davis, who was married to Dame Margaret Rutherford. See more »

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When a police car was driving to Miss Marple's home, it was using its bell. The bell on British police cars is only to be used in emergencies. See more »

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Miss Marple: A policeman's work is never done.
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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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