Murder, He Says
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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!
"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.
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).Read more ›
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How can you not love this movie? Constant laughs around every corner. I loved the ending!!!! Fred MacMurray is so talented. Read morePublished 6 days ago by 298mc
I love old movies, but this was not my cup of tea. The plot and running gag grew thin after about 10 minutes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dead Letter Press
Wildly funny mid-40's screwball comedy. A pollster, searching for a missing colleague, comes upon a family of homicidal hillbillies who are searching for stolen money. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Celia Trimboli
Like others have said DVD will not play. Tried on several players.Published 1 month ago by Eric Hoffman
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