The Agatha Christie: Miss Marple Movie Collection
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Movie Collection (DVD) (4-Pack)
Murder She Said (1961): Margaret Rutherford's debut as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Murder at the Gallop (1963): Murder and mystery start with a funeral Murder Most Foul (1964): Miss Marple joins a theatrical troupe whose specialty is death scenes. Murder Ahoy (1964): Miss Marple takes the helm in a seagoing whodunit]]>
Never mind purists who bemoan Margaret Rutherford's incarnation of Agatha Christie's celebrated spinster sleuth. These four British films, produced between 1961 and 64, are jolly good, regardless of their tenuous connection with Miss Marple as written, or with Christie herself. One of the films, in fact, Murder Ahoy, is an original screenplay credited as "an interpretation of Miss Marple." And two others, Murder at the Gallop and Murder Most Foul were based on books featuring Christie's other famed detective, Hercule Poirot." But no matter. The redoubtable Rutherford indelibly makes Marple her very own, or, as she proclaims to Inspector Craddock (Charles Tingwell), with whom she locks horns throughout all four films, "I am always myself." Rutherford makes a formidable first impression in Murder She Said, based on Christie's 4:50 from Paddington, in which the armchair sleuth goes undercover as a servant after witnessing a murder on a train. In Murder at the Gallop, based on After the Funeral, where there's a will, there's murder. In Murder Ahoy, Marple discovers a ship of thieves. In Murder Most Foul, Marple deadlocks a jury and joins a theatrical troupe to prove the defendant's innocence.
The Marple films are endearingly modest productions, redeemed by peerless performances and mostly sharp scripts. Ron Goodwin's theme music used in all four films is an irresistible piece of '60s symphonic pop that's a classical gas. None of the actors are suspect. Rutherford gets able support from her real-life husband, Stringer Davis, who portrays Marple's Watson-esque sidekick. Venerable character actors Robert Morley and Ron Moody enliven Gallop and Foul, respectively. And in Murder She Said, that's Joan Hickson, who would go on to acclaim as Miss Marple in the celebrated BBC series (also available on DVD). But it's tough to steal a scene from Rutherford, whose Marple displays a keen mind, and, in Ahoy, surprising prowess with a sword! --Donald Liebenson
- Includes: Murder She Said (1961), Murder at the Gallop (1963), Murder Ahoy (1964), Murder Most Foul (1964)
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British actress Margaret Rutherford stars in these 4 productions, and Stringer Davis, her husband in real life, plays her friend Mr. Stringer. They are a very good twosome and the chemistry and love between them comes across very nicely on film as well. The characters also made a cameo appearance in "The ABC Murders" movie with Tony Randall (although the film was not well done).
"Murder She Said" is based on the Miss Marple story "4:50 From Paddington". Although the main plot is the same, the absence of Lucy Eyelesbarrow is most obvious. Instead Miss Marple plays the roles that both Lucy & Mrs. McGillicuddy did in the book. In other words, Miss Marple does everything herself. She witnesses the murder on the train and also becomes the maid at the Crackenthorpe estate. They've also changed characters, such as making the boy Alexander into an eccentric and interesting personality, and taking away his true connection to the family that is presented in the novel. It is interesting that Joan Hickson, who was viewed by others and even Agatha Christie herself as the best Miss Marple, appeared in this film as the other housekeeper, Mrs. Kidder.
"Murder At the Gallop" is based on the story "After the Funeral" which is a Poirot story. So changing Poirot to Miss Marple, completely changed the premise of the story.
"Murder Ahoy" is not based on any of Agatha Christie's novels and is an invented story that borrows AC's characters. I think I like this one best of all, perhaps because they are not trying to put a square peg into a round hole.
"Murder Most Foul" is based on the novel "Mrs. McGuinty's Dead" and I can tell you after reading the book over the summer, that it is not at all like the novel on which it is based.
I would definitely recommend these renditions of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. They may not be for purists, but they certainly are enjoyable! They are very suspenseful and you don't know what will happen until the very end. The covers are in colour, but all the movies are black and white. I especially like the fact that they are presented in widescreen. I've been eying these for years as they have been available in Britain, Region 2, for a quite a while. I'm glad that Region 1 can now enjoy these excellent films as well, and that they are so nicely presented in this dvd collection.
You can definitely see how Angela Lansbury shaped her Jessica Fletcher character from Margaret Rutherford's portrayal of Jane Marple. TCM said that is what she did. Also, the cute little elderly man who plays the librarian, Striker, was Margaret Rutherford's real-life husband.
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