Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rainy Day Mystery

Murder She Said: Brief Synopsis

When nobody will believe she witnessed a murder, elderly sleuth Miss Marple takes a job as a maid to ferret out clues.

As a child I came to appreciate this wonderful gem late one night by accident as I channel surfed. Margaret Rutherford made four Agatha Christie Miss Marple films in the early 1960s. This is the first film of that series. The Scooby Doo Mystery production values and charming score composed by Ron Goodwin all add to the kitschy atmosphere of the film. The most fun comes not just from the mystery but from Rutherford's expressive, frumpy elastic face and body language. She steels every scene. Other films in the series include: Murder at the Gallop, Murder Ahoy and Murder Most Foul. Stringer Davis (Rutherford's husband in real life) portrayed Mr. Stringer, a sort of befuddled sidekick, in all four films.

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