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Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | March 1964 (UK)
When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

David Pursall (screenplay), Jack Seddon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Jane Marple
Ron Moody ... H. Driffold Cosgood
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Inspector Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Justice Crosby (as Andrew Cruikshank)
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Gladys Thomas
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Ralph Summers
James Bolam ... Bill Hanson
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Jim Stringer
Francesca Annis ... Sheila Upward
Pauline Jameson ... Maureen Summers
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Dorothy
Alison Seebohm Alison Seebohm ... Eva McGonigall
Windsor Davies ... Sergeant Brick
Neil Stacy Neil Stacy ... Arthur (as Neil Stacey)
Maurice Good ... George Rowton
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Storyline

Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Marple's sole 'not guilty' vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group's hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood. Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer. Written by duke1029

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New misdeeds are afoot afoot the footlights!


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vier Frauen und ein Mord See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only of the four Rutherford Miss Marple Movies, that has an opening/prologue before the iconic Theme and the title credits start. See more »

Goofs

We see two shots which apparently show Inspector Craddock rushing to Halford's Palace Theatre. The car in the first (a Wolseley 6/99) bears the registration YGA 370. In the following shot, it appears that the car has changed to a Wolseley 6/90, registration UUV 133. However, it is plausible that these are intended to be two different cars, both being sent to investigate the murder, even though no other officers than Craddock are seen in the subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: He isn't drunk. He's dead.
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Connections

Referenced in Cluedo: Murder Most Foul (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dr. Kildare
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Murder Most Fun
28 July 2002 | by drew-121See all my reviews

When Agatha Christie created the spinster detective Jane Marple, she could never have pictured Rutherford playing the role on film.

Leaving aside Rutherfords distance from the written charecter, she does bring a wonderful quality to this film and the others in the series.

Playing opposite her real life husband, Stringer Davies, and with great support from Charles Tingwell, she sets out to prove that a miscarriage of justice is being perpetrated.

This brings her into contact with the Cosgood Players, run by Driffield Cosgood (Ron Moody).

Typically with Christie, the plot is not always fathomable, but the denouement is entertaining.

This film is good fun and Rutherford is hilarious as she gurns her way through the story.


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