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Murder, He Says

4.3 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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Trotter Polling Company employee Pete Marshall (Fred MacMurray) is sent down the back roads and into the backwoods in search for a missing fellow employee in Murder, He Says (1945). The city slicker soon finds himself mixed up with a family of homicidal hillbillies who are looking for stolen loot hidden on their property. Featuring Marjorie Main (Ma and Pa Kettle) in an over-the-top performance, this fast-paced farce is in the grand tradition of such macabre favorites as The Old Dark House (1932) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Helen Walker, Jean Heather Porter Hall, Peter Whitney
  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Writers: Lou Breslow, Jack Moffitt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005STRKC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First saw this film about 40 years ago, and laughed heartily at the over-the-top antics and silliness that still holds up to this day. Who knew that Fred MacMurray had such a comedic side to him, reminiscent of Cary Grant in "Arsenic and Old Lace"? His straight man to Marjorie Main's buffoonery-filled family brought back a lot of memories, and the classic scene of him in the cellar posing as the "short" twin, is hilarious.
My whole family has enjoyed this underappreciated movie once again. If you like old-fashioned fun with mystery, murder, romance and even treasure, you want to see this!
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MURDER, HE SAYS (1945) - Not Rated, but obviously a `G' for great. 95 minutes

"Murder, He Says" is a hilarious 95 minute comedy about a pollster who finds himself at the mercy of a clan of homicidal hillbillies. Fred MacMurray, at his comic best, plays "Pete Marshall" a pollster for the Trotter Polling Company. His job is to travel the country asking people about their lifestyles; asking people such daring questions as: Do they have indoor-plumbing, a refrigerator and stove? When another pollster goes missing, MacMurray is sent to a tiny, backwoods town find him. The local folks send MacMurray "up the road" to the Fleagle Homestead, a family of radioactive, glow-in-the-dark hillbillies, lead by Marjorie Main of "Ma & Pa Kettle" fame. Ma Fleagle carries a mean looking shotgun and is suspicious of every stranger. Not surprising, as she and her twin boys, Bert and Mert (think Dweedledee and Dweedledum) both played by Peter Whitney, are searching for stolen loot hidden on their property. This fast-paced farce is in the grand tradition of "The Old Dark House" (1932) and Frank Capra's "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944) and will keep you laughing with some the most original, side-splitting gags I've ever seen in a Universal comedy. Supporting players include Helen Walker and Porter Hall. Directed by George Marshall. Highly recommended.
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If you are a fan of Fred MacMurray then you must see this DVD. The quality was good although not remastered but much better than the old worn out video I had. It is a funny comedy that is full of silliness and laughter but is G rated and great for the entire family. One of those "they don't make them like they used to" films.
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By Robyn W on September 15, 2013
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This is one of those old movies along the lines of "Arsenic and Old Lace" ~ a farce, silly but fun and entertaining. I saw it when I was a child and it was funny then; still is. I think even kids today might enjoy it because of the physical jokes and farce. It's just long enough to hold their attention without all the noise and glitz of today's children's movies.
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Murder, He Says is a great, Fun old Movie Fred MacMurray is a good Actor I had no problems playing this Movie worked on My Blu Ray DVD Player
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I'm mostly here for those nonsense lyrics I couldn't get out of my head when I was a kid and singing: "Honors flysis income beezis, onches nobsis inob keesis." Somewhere, Irving Berlin is rolling over in his grave.

Fred MacMurray turns in one of his most comic performances in 1945's MURDER, HE SAYS. He plays Pete Marshall, a pollster come to a remote mountain community to locate a vanished colleague. He winds up in a rundown old dark house in the woods, and following cryptic clues to hidden treasure and tangling with that house's residents, a murderous family called the Fleagles.

I've been waiting forever for MURDER, HE SAYS to come out on DVD, and now I can stop being sad. MURDER, HE SAYS is a dark, zany, macabre comedy that borrows a bit from Bob Hope's The Ghost Breakers, a horror comedy which these characters actually reference. MURDER, HE SAYS also carries just a whiff - a very toned down whiff - of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. And like THE GHOST BREAKERS, this one sends up the Old Dark House genre. Most of the gothic elements are present: the unsettling murder, the creepy house, the secret passageway, false identities, that sinister figure lurking in the shadows and occasionally ambushing the cast. The characters that MacMurray bumps into here are uniformly peculiar and all Fleagles of various persuasion: the crooked, whip-wielding matriarch (Marjorie Main, predictably strident); her shady professorial husband (a sly Porter Hall); an insane girl who keeps singing the same nonsense lyrics (Jean Heather); the brutish twins, one of whom can be immobilized by aggravating that crick in his back (Peter Whitney, playing both twins, thanks to some pretty seamless optical effects).
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The quality of the DVD was great; had no problems viewing it. Of course, I love this old movie or would not have bought it. I was concerned that the cover did not look like the VHS video I had in thet past and wondered if the quality would be less but there were no problems and I am happy with my purchase.
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By LMP on June 15, 2014
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This is a really entertaining movie. I had seen it only once on tv and I had to order it since I enjoyed the humor so much.
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