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September 18, 2009
The character was okay (pretty witty), but the movie itself was dull as watching paint dry on a day where there's nothing to do.
April 16, 2009
agatha cristi black and white comedy great fun
March 25, 2009
The fourth and final film in a short yet sweet series of British Miss Marple films produced by MGM during the early 1960's. But, unlike the previous 3 Miss Marple films, this one was an original story, rather than being based upon one of Agatha Christie's original books, as a result, it doesn't work as well as the previous 3 films, but it's enjoyable enough. It has Miss Jane Marple (Margaret Rutherford, wonderful as always), now a trustee of a Navy training vessel, however, one of fellow trustees mysteriously "snuffs" it after his box of snuff was poisoned. Once again, Miss Marple is on the case. It takes her on board the ship she is trustee for, much to the annoyance of the uptight Captain Rhumstone (Lionel Jeffries), but no sooner than Miss Marple is on board the ship, more murders occur, and her faithful companion Jim Stringer (Stringer Davis) and Inspector Craddock (Charles 'Bud' Tingwell) help out. It's a weaker entry to the series, but it is by no means a bad film, it loosely adapts plots and pointers from Christie's other books. Rutherford is as perfect as always, and there is good support from William Mervyn, Francis Matthews, Nicholas Parsons and Derek Nimmo!! :D
March 10, 2009
Want to see this one, too.
February 2, 2009
It lacks the atmospheric direction often associated with Agatha Christie films, but Rutherford and co still provide a decent murder mystery.
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
January 31, 2009
The least of the Margaret Rutherford series of Miss Marple films - but all the regular elements are there. Another quirky performance with great support from Lionel Jefferies and Stringer Davies - particularly love the fencing duel between Marple and the villain at the end. Rutherford was my favourite Miss Marple (although certainly played with tongue firmly in cheek) and must have struck a chord wth Agatha Christie herself - who dedicated one of her novels to her!
½ November 19, 2008
Just love the facial expressions this film has! Not bad for an old black & white! Wouldn't recommend it when the lads come round though...
August 31, 2008
excellent once again
August 10, 2008
Slightly more farcical than others in the same series, what with the final cape and sword swashbuckle between Miss Marple and the villain. Still very enjoyable, all the more so since Margaret Rutherford obviously enjoys self irony more than most.
March 16, 2008
I like a good ol' murder mystery as much as the next person - and if you're into Agatha Christie, then Margaret Rutherford is probably the best Miss Marple you'll see on screen...
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
½ 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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