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Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 January 1962 (USA)
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When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), David D. Osborn (adaptation) (as David Osborn) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Marple
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Quimper
Muriel Pavlow ... Emma
James Robertson Justice ... Ackenthorpe
Thorley Walters ... Cedric
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Craddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Conrad Phillips ... Harold
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Eastley
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Kidder
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Mr. Stringer
Ronnie Raymond Ronnie Raymond ... Alexander
Gerald Cross ... Albert
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Hillman
Barbara Leake ... Mrs. Helen Stainton
Gordon Harris Gordon Harris ... Bacon
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Storyline

Old miss Marple is on a train ride when she witnesses a murder in a passing train. She reports it to the police but they won't believe her: since no body can be found there can't have been any murder, right? As always, she begins her own investigation. The murder was committed while passing Ackenthorpe Hall and miss Marple gets herself a job there, mixing cleaning and cooking with searching the house for clues. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

Follow the Trail of the Strangler-Killer on the Night Express! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Murder, She Said' See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Working title: "Meet Miss Marple" See more »

Goofs

The locomotive shown leaving the station is not the right type to be leaving Paddington. In fact the station does not even look like Paddington. The station is most certainly Paddington. The shots of the train leaving Paddiongton with Miss Marple on board are of ex-LMS engines which would depart from either Euston or St. Pancras. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Stringer: Miss Marple, whatever it is: no, no, no.
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Frère Jacques
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Grand-Dame Good Film
1 January 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Grand Dame Margaret Rutherford gives a fine performance as super sleuth Jane Marple in this, the first of four films based on Christie's detective. Agatha Christie was upset with the casting of Rutherford in the role of her dowdy, inquisitive, rather passive detective who solves crimes more on what she hears from other people more than anything else. And who cannot understand her concerns, initially? Rutherford is the antithesis of the fictional Marple. She is a battleship on screen with her plump, statuesque build, her one-of-a-kind visage, her English aristocratic bearing and wit, and her anything but passive behaviour. To put it bluntly, Christie's character was only that character in name.....but....this does not detract from the film in the least for me. And I should expect that only die-hard fans of Miss Marple will not enjoy this film for it is a good mystery, has excellent character acting, a zippy score, and some wonderful witty dialogue. Most of all, it has Dame Margaret Rutherford give a larger-than-life performance that promises to bring you many smiles and some good laughs.


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