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Alphabet Murders (1965)

Alphabet Murders (1965)

Alphabet Murders





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Released in Great Britain as The ABC Murders, The Alphabet Murders stars a well-disguised Tony Randall as Agatha Christie's brilliant, insufferable Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Unfortunately, director Frank Tashlin chooses to open the film with one of his Pirandelloian gimmicks by introducing Randall out of make-up as himself, then cutting to Randall as Poirot. This has the effect of taking the audience "out" of the picture, and it takes a while for the film to recover. On its own, the plot is a good one, as Poirot investigates a series of murders, with the victims arranged alphabetically. There's also a well staged mid-film sequence, in which leading lady Anita Ekberg, as Amanda Beatrice Cross, supposedly comes to a soggy demise. But in never deciding whether to play "straight" or for laughs, The Alphabet Murders ends up a wildly uneven experience. Best bit: Poirot inadvertently confronting another Agatha Christie creation, Miss Marple (played without screen credit by Margaret Rutherford). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: David Pursall, Jack Seddon
On DVD: Apr 24, 1991


Tony Randall
as Hercule Poirot
Anita Ekberg
as Amanda Beatrice Cros...
Robert Morley
as Capt. Hastings
Maurice Denham
as Insp. Japp
Guy Rolfe
as Duncan Doncaster
Sheila Allen
as Lady Diane
Julian Glover
as Don Fortune
Grazina Frame
as Betty Barnard
Cyril Luckham
as Sir Carmichael Clark...
David Lodge
as Sergeant
Patrick Newell
as Cracknell
Alison Seebohm
as Miss Sparks
Sheila Reid
as Mrs. Fortune
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All Critics (1)

It was really as simple as ABC why this film was a dud, most of the suspense was lost in Tashlin's poorly conceived comic interpretation.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
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Tony tries but this is middling, Robert Morley would have much more sense as Poirot. Contains an amusing cameo by Margaret Rutherford and Stringer Davis as Miss Marple and her loyal sidekick.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Thou silly, corny and ultimately absolutely ridiculous, Tony Randall and Robert Morley give great performances and make this film very enjoyable.

Matthew J.
Matthew James

Falls flat because of how silly it is and campy , but Tony Randall gives such a great performance that raises it. Robert Morley was also great.

Muldy C.
Muldy Caine

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