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Murder Most Foul (1964)
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|Genre||Mystery & Suspense|
|Contributor||Margaret Rutherford, Andrew Cruickshank, James Bolam, Alison Seebohm, Pauline Jameson, Stringer Davis, Charles Tingwell, George Pollock, Ron Moody, Dennis Price, Terry Scott, Francesca Annis, Megs Jenkins, Ralph Michael See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 31 minutes|
The Cosgood Players are knocking 'em dead. Literally. No matter what's on the playbill, the shabby repertory company seems to specialize in mysteries as members of the troupe shuffle off this mortal coil in alarmingly rapid succession. Luckily, the Players have a detective in the cast: their newest (if not quite an ingenue) thespian, the redoubtable Miss Marple. Margaret Rutherford takes her final bow as Miss Marple in Murder Most Foul, a mystery most fun inspired by Agatha Christie's Mrs. McGinty's Dead. Ron Moody (Oliver!) costars in an ingenious baffler abounding in suspects, clues and red herrings -- all ending in the unmasking of the murderer during a performance. Curtain up!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 2.5 Ounces
- Director : George Pollock
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : March 27, 2018
- Actors : Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell, Andrew Cruickshank, Megs Jenkins
- Studio : Warner Archive Collection
- ASIN : B079ZV4GTD
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Dame Margaret's wardrobe is simply stunning featuring among other creations a slinky grey job with a draped bodice into which is tucked an enormous artificial flower, and an elegant black velvet evening gown. The clever couturiers make Dame Margaret into a fashion plate and the result is wonderful to behold.
P.S. To the reviewer who complained about the size of the caption letters- the size can be adjusted from small to very large.
The plot of this 1965 film, "Murder Most Foul" begins with an eccentric juror who refuses to believe the prisoner is guilty of the murder, unique to the other jurors. She sets out to prove him innocent by joining a stage play to find the real murderer. She is placed in considerable danger as a result. Her sidekick Stringer Davis is perfectly entertaining, as he cooperates with her schemes. The police officer, Charles Tingwell, also a very convincing counterpart, is, as usual, sure she is meddling where she shouldn't be. How does she always end up at the scene before he does? Each of the cast of the play she has joined are suspects. She sets a trap to find the guilty one. I would rate this film very highly. Run time is 1 hour, 30 minutes in black and white.
I absolutely love Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple (or Poirot oddly changed into Marple, but no matter) - these four movies are a joy to watch and I wish she could have done more movies based on Agatha Christie books however loosely based.
Like Alfred Hitchcock making a subtle walk-on in all of his movies, Rutherford's Marple will respond to another character's query about the book she's shown carrying or reading and it's an Agatha Christie book :D She highly recommends them!
Black and white movie and no charm lost at all.
Bummed that we have to pay 2.99 to "rent" it streaming and it's only for 24 hours - that part isn't cool.
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This is a three-murder mystery and our heroine is chasing down the trail of clues like a terrier after a bunny. Her trusty assistant, Mr Stringer is a stout hearted and dependable fellow, trotting about all over the place, fetching her morsels of information as she instructs. The policemen are all buffoons and deeply in her debt by the end, of course. This is the sort of thing that never happens in real life and on the whole, it's played for laughs. It's old-fashioned, gentle and irreverent. Margaret Rutherford is perfect for this particular Marple-persona.
I'm so pleased to have found this old gem. It might not appeal to the fans of modern murder mysteries, but if you like the Ealing comedies, you'll probably enjoy this. I'm rating it 5-star because of personal nostalgia as well as the fine quality of the film.