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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 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 ... 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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This was the first of the "Miss Jane Marple" franchise starring Dame Margaret Rutherford. See more »

Goofs

Seen through the window, Miss Marple's mouth falls open in shock at "phase four of the anti-Kidder campaign". The shot changes to the kitchen interior, and her mouth is suddenly closed. See more »

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Alexander: Nostalgia, you know. A failing of the old, I suppose.
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Frère Jacques
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Delightful depiction of Miss Jane Marple
22 November 2004 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

So yes, Miss Agatha Christie herself did not quite care for Miss Margaret Rutherford in the role but Miss Rutherford made of the part her own in her own inimitable fashion even going to the extent of having her very own obedient side-kick, her real-life husband Stringer Davis, known as Jim Stringer in the series, inserted into it. She called the shots and kept the studio afloat. And what a series!

This is the first in it and it evokes the era extraordinarily well, the quick murder and disposal of the body, the old country house, the many suspicious relatives and one of my favourites, James Robertson Justice heading up the entire clan. He even gets to propose to the lady herself, so impressed is he with her detecting.

Add the requisite cute kid, Ronnie Raymond, an excellent bit part by Joan Hickson (the future Miss Marple in the excellent BBC series) and what faults are there to be found in this unique first film of four in the series.

8 out of 10.

Incredibly entertaining, wonderful use of black and white film medium and a really good score.


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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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