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May 28, 2009
Margaret Rutherford will always be Miss Marple to me, and she is magnificent as always. Fun mystery, clever screenplay, excellent supporting cast. Very entertaining.
½ October 15, 2007
Mrs. Marple (Rutherford) goes undercover as an actress in a third-rate theatre company to prove a man innocent of murder while catching the real killer by solving a mystery with origins more than 15 years in the past.

"Murder Most Foul" is a fine little murder mystery/comedy that was loosely adapted from Agatha Christie's novel "Mrs. McGinty is Dead". Once again, Margaret Rutherford gives a fantastic performance as the feisty, never-takes-no-for-an-answer Miss Marple. The comedy of the film gets even more pointed when the hammy director of the theatre company (played with great flair by Ron Moody, who is the only actor in the film who manages to be as flamboyant and fun to watch as star Rutherford) casts her as a lady detecitve in a murder play, so Miss Marple, the amatuer detective, is called upon to play an amatuer detective while pretending to be an actress.

"Murder Most Foul" is a fun, lighthearted mystery movie featuring a cast with a level of talent that doesn't seem to exist anymore. (The way Ron Moody manages to mix diffused menace with a completely casual attitude, or the way he can deliver a line that shows how his character changes his mood in mid-sentance is a display of craft that we simply don't see in movies anymore.)


Murder Most Foul
Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell, and Stringer Davis
Director: George Pollock
½ December 23, 2015
The last of the four low-budget Marple movies. Another unfathomable whodunnit performed with zero subtlety by a cast of familiar faces led by an incredibly hammy Margaret Rutherford. Hard to believe this was made at the same time as Goldfinger and Lawrence of Arabia.
½ November 16, 2015
Pretty lazy one, with a few nice touches and good moments. But Rutherford feels kinda done with all of this, and the script is pretty lazy. I'm still not clear exactly what the murderer's motivation was.
½ July 22, 2010
A delightful charming little whimsical tale of murder, the theater and revenge.
June 11, 2015
Margaret Rutherford is the BEST
Marple!
May 15, 2015
A classic murder mystery, based on the Agatha Christie novel "Mrs McGinty's dead".

Good set up, intriguing plot development, thrilling finale. You're kept guessing until the last moment. Many red herrings, but not overdone.

Quite funny at times too, sometimes extremely so. There is a light-heartedness which runs throughout the movie (this is helped by the score), though this does not detract in any big way from the drama of the plot.

Margaret Rutherford is great, as always, in her role as Miss Marple. Good support from a cast that includes the Australian actor Charles Tingwell as Inspector Craddock.
November 13, 2014
The third of MGM's series of Miss Marple movies is actually based on an Hercule Poirot novel. The film follows Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth as she invades an acting troupe to investigate a murder. Like all of the films in the series, this one thrives on humour. The comic highlight is Miss Marple reciting 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', one of actress Margaret Rutherford's favourite pieces.
June 23, 2013
Agatha Christie crime solver Mrs. Marple investigates on a theatrical group specialised on death scenes where one of the actors may be playing the part of the murderer for real. A very enjoyable film is the most classic of whodunit structures, its quality is raised by the iconic performance of Rutherford as the notorious character.
½ August 24, 2012
Not terribly foul....'Murder most boring' maybe.
March 13, 2012
Jaunty murder mystery!!
January 21, 2012
One of my absolute faves as a kid. Ms. Marple comes across several bodies while doing a stage play. See with BLITHE SPIRIT for a Margaret Rutherford night. Luv MR always.
November 23, 2011
Great classic, she was a fantastic actress, had real screen presence, but was warm with it, this is a great treat of a film, dont miss this one
August 23, 2011
This MGM British production, part of a series starring the incomparable Margaret Rutherford, is as enjoyable today, as it was when it was released. George Pollock, the director deserves credit for the immensely satisfying film version of Agatha Christie's "Mrs. McGinty's Death". The excellent copy we saw recently on TCM appears as good now, as it probably did when it first made its theatrical debut.

Miss Jane Marple was Agatha Christie's best creation. She is a no nonsense woman who can't be easily persuaded to condemn the man on trial, in which she is seen as part of the jury at the start of the film. Ms. Marple knows the man is not guilty, even when she gets the other jury members to give her dirty looks when she votes against the others to acquit the man on trial.

Miss Marple starts digging around the dead woman's room and discovers the programs for "Murder, She Said", a play by the theatrical production company that is performing at a theater near her. She enlists her friend Jim Stringer to help her catch the culprit. We are not prepared to see Miss Marple become part of a second rate theatrical troupe touring the country.

"Murder Most Foul" is a must to be seen by all Agatha Christie's fans and mystery fans because of the charisma Margaret Rutherford exuded playing the title character. Ms. Rutherford was an actress that always delivered in her many films. She is an acquired taste that ages well as a good wine.

The supporting cast play like an ensemble. Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell, Stringer Davis, Francesca Annis, Terry Scott, Dennis Price, and the rest, do what they do best and in the process enhance the film.

This is a tribute to the genius of the Jane Marple of Margaret Rutherford!
July 21, 2010
another good murder/mystery feat miss marple played by the best miss marple rutherford
June 1, 2010
Margaret Lockwood as Miss Marple, a wonderful casting which really gives the feel of Agatha Christie's novels.
April 4, 2010
Another suspensful, bewichting and charming Crime Movie with the great Margaret Rutherford as the hillarious Detective Miss Marple
½ December 12, 2009
A spritely Marple with the usual mystery although the story is a little too contained within itself.
May 28, 2009
Margaret Rutherford will always be Miss Marple to me, and she is magnificent as always. Fun mystery, clever screenplay, excellent supporting cast. Very entertaining.
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