Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.
Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.
An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.
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
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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