Murder Ahoy Reviews
The term tongue in cheek is perfectly apt when describing a Margaret Rutherford film. This film was never intended to be a bum clenching murder mystery. It does though bring some wonderfully delivered lines from Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. If you want to enjoy a cosy Sunday afternoon, wrapped up warm against the rain and wind. Then this really is a 5 star film.
Good set up, interesting setting, intriguing plot development, thrilling finale. Murderer is a bit obvious from a point but the revelation comes fairly late in the movie, so doesn't spoil it much.
Very funny at times too, though, unlike Murder Most Foul, here the humour is overdone and often feels out of place. The portrayal of the ship's captain as dithering, babbling idiot was uncalled for, and introduced far too much slapstick into what should have been a reasonably serious movie.
Margaret Rutherford is great, as always, in her role as Miss Marple. Good support from the usual crew of Stringer Davis, as Mr Stringer, and Charles Tingwell, as Chief Inspector Craddock.
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.