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Murder Ahoy Reviews

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December 1, 2012
It is what it is. A good time to watch.
November 30, 2012
amnother good entry in the miss marple series
August 24, 2012
Got bored very early.
Sunil J

Super Reviewer

May 12, 2012
This mystery wasn't nearly as compelling as some of the previous ones but Margaret Rutherford is still the most enjoyable Miss Marple.
March 12, 2012
All in all fantastic light hearted jolly good fun!!
February 16, 2012
Not the best Margaret Rutherford Marple but still enjoyable because of her character and storyline
sleepykiss
January 22, 2012
Miss Marple: "Then what are you implying, pray?
Det. Insp. Craddock: Well, just that you are temporarily not yourself.
Miss Marple: Chief Inspector, I am *always* myself!"

My least fave of the Marple series only because Lionel Jeffries is the comedy relief, not Margaret Rutherford. Did you know that Margaret Rutherford was known to wear her own clothes during shooting and Mr.Stringer was Stringer Davis her real husband?

I also read that her father suffered from mental illness even before she was born (he murdered his own father, Margaret's grandfather) & her pregnant mother committed suicide in India when Margaret was only 3. Margaret went on to suffer from depression in life and received shock therapy treatments during the time of these Miss Marple films. Such a sad life.
David H.
April 2, 2010
I love Miss Marple Movies they are so suspensful, bewichting and funny Margaret Rutherford is hillarious and i love the Title Song
jam233
February 24, 2010
Margaret Rutherford is such a delightful actress, and she is especially good in Murder Ahoy. She pays this kind of character so well. A very entertaining movie, the entire cast does a fine job. Great and memorable score, and it moves along quickly with never a dull moment. The key to it's success is the well developed characters and also expert blending of comedy, crime and mystery.
jazza923
February 24, 2010
78/100. Margaret Rutherford is such a delightful actress, and she is especially good in Murder Ahoy. She pays this kind of character so well. A very entertaining movie, the entire cast does a fine job. Great and memorable score, and it moves along quickly with never a dull moment. The key to it's success is the well developed characters and also expert blending of comedy, crime and mystery.
January 25, 2010
I love her movies...Miss Marple by Agatha Christie, my favorite author
Henrik S

Super Reviewer

March 11, 2008
By far my favourite of the four Rutherford Marple movies. Set on a ship, Marple investiages a series of mysterious murders on and off board the ship. The setting heightens the densitiy and sense of isolation for Miss Marple and make the movie the more enjoying. A very good supporting cast round up this cozy classic whodunnit. One of the best.
diggerruss
April 16, 2009
agatha cristi black and white comedy great fun
339z
February 1, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch,...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that both margaret rutherford n lionel jeffries play good parts throughout this movie..this is a good 1960's movie 2 watch..i think that the director of this comedy/classics/mystery/suspense/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie..its an enjoyable movie 2 watch
SteveMiller
September 30, 2007
On the very day Miss Marple (Rutherford) is appointed to the Board of Trustees of a charity that runs a sailing ship where juvenile delinquients are rehabilitated, one of the other boardmembers is murdered. Miss Marple goes onboard the ship to investigate, and more murders follow as she uncovers a tangle of crime on the high seas that Blackbeard would have envied.

"Murder Ahoy" features Agatha Christie's Miss Marple character, but the film isn't based on any of Christie's books. In fact, like so many screen adaptations of literary characters, Miss Marple as she appears here is quite different than the Miss Marple of Christie's novels and short stories. (I think the only similarity is that they're both old spinsters who enjoy knitting. I can't ever imagine the Miss Marple in the books spending the night in jail, or dueling a killer with sabres as she does in this film, but both events fit perfectly with Miss Marple as played by Rutherford, who is more mischevious than prim.)

Although the story and actions of the various criminals and killers don't make a whole lot of sense, and the police are either stupider or lazier than suspension of disbelief can allow for, the film's leads give such fun performances that it hardly matters. Rutherford gives a great performance, but she is ably supported by Lionel Jeffries (as a twitchy ship's captain who is driven up the wall by Miss Marple's nosiness), Charles Tingwell (as a frustrated police inspector who shares the captain's pain), and Stringer Davis (who plays an elderly friend of Miss Marple who becomes her partner in detection and police-annoying). There's also a hilarious running gag with the doctor who is called to inspect the corpses (Parsons) always needing to run off to deliver a baby.("It's always life and death with him," comments a character after one of his speedy departures.)

There's also some marvelous soundtrack music by Ron Goodman's marverlous score--particularly the bouncy main theme--also plays a large part in making this movie as enjoyable as it is.

For anyone who isn't an anal retentative purist, this is a fun little comedy/mystery film. (For those who are anal retentative purists, there are the very excellent "Miss Marple" televions adaptations starring Joan Hickson from the late 1980s and early 1990s. They still crop up on PBS every so often, and they are well worth seeing. But, "Murder Ahoy" is a charming little film as well.


Murder Ahoy
Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Stringer Davis, Charles Tingwell, and Nicholas Parsons
Director: George Pollock
doughboy
December 18, 2003
Yawner based on Agatha Christie's Miss Marple turns her into much more of a private detective than Christie ever intended. Humor was out of place, and the portrayal of the captain was just kind of annoying.
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