Review: ‘Murder Most Foul’

Margaret Rutherford brings considerable assurance to the third Agatha Christie thriller to cast the doughty oldtimer in the role of Miss Marple, the eccentric amateur sleuth.

Margaret Rutherford brings considerable assurance to the third Agatha Christie thriller to cast the doughty oldtimer in the role of Miss Marple, the eccentric amateur sleuth.

Miss Marple is the lone member of a murder jury who holds out for acquittal. Armed only with her experience in amateur mystery theatricals, she proceeds to unsnarl the case and prove herself far more professional than the investigating police.

The picture [from the novel Mrs McGinty’s Dead] for all its comedy delight and charm does not quite hold up to its predecessors. Miss Marple begins to wear a little thin as she retraces many of the same comedy situations and even some similar dialog.

Stringer Davis again plays the confused partner with a charming personality performance and Charles Tingwell completes the trio as the young inspector who ends up with the credit for solving the crime even though he flails Miss Marple all the way.

Murder Most Foul

UK

Production

M-G-M. Director George Pollock; Producer Ben Arbeid; Screenplay David Pursall, Jack Seddon; Camera Desmond Dickinson; Editor Ernest Walter; Music Ron Goodwin; Art Director Frank White

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Margaret Rutherford Ron Moody Charles Tingwell Andrew Cruickshank Dennis Price Francesca Annis

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