Murder She Said (1961)

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Dumpy, dough-faced British comedienne Margaret Rutherford was not precisely the physical type Agatha Christie had in mind for the prim, tweedish sleuth Miss Marple. Still, Rutherford's first "Marple" movie Murder, She Said did so well at the box office that there was no question she would continue appearing in the role in the inevitable sequels. In this initial effort, Marple witnesses a murder being committed on a speeding train. She informs the authorities, but they find no evidence of a killing and write off Marple as a doddering eccentric. Determined to prove that she's not imagining things, Marple investigates the area around the stretch of railroad track where the murder occurred. She winds up on the estate of James Robertson-Justice, disguised as a maid. Many family skeletons are exhumed by Miss Marple before she proves that she indeed saw a murder and pinpoints the guilty party. Stringer Davis, Margaret Rutherford's husband, makes his first appearance as Miss Marple's chaste companion Mr. Stringer. Based on Agatha Christie's 4:50 From Paddington, Murder, She Said was released in some markets as Meet Miss Marple. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Margaret Rutherford
as Miss Marple
Arthur Kennedy
as Quimper
Thorley Walters
as Cedric Ackenthorpe
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
as Insp. Craddock
Ronald Howard
as Brian Eastley
Joan Hickson
as Mrs. Kidder
Stringer Davis
as Mr. Stringer
Ronnie Raymond
as Alexander Eastley
Gerald Cross
as Albert
Michael Golden
as Hillman
Barbara Hicks
as Mrs. Stainton
Peter Butterworth
as Conductor
Richard Briers
as Mrs. Binster
Barbara Leake
as Mrs. Stainton
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Critic Reviews for Murder She Said

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Murder She Said sets the standard for the rest of the (Rutherford) series.

Full Review… | March 8, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Murder She Said does have a reasonably lively style, thanks partly to Pollock's direction but largely to Rutherford's persistence....

Full Review… | March 8, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Smart adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel

September 13, 2005
Film Journal International

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June 19, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Murder She Said

Margaret Rutherford rocks Miss Marple and I love her spirit.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

½

This is only one of 4 movies in the original Miss Marple series, it is not from TV. Margaret Rutherford is the perfect actress to play this character, you just have to laugh at her actions, yet she gets the job done and solves the murders. It's just a sweet and lovely movie, as are the other 4 starring Ms Rutherford. You really should watch one of them, they are good.

John Johnson
John Johnson
½

DELIGHTFUL AGATHA CHRISTIE MYSTERY, WITH THE SUBLIME MARGARET RUTHERFORD AS MISS MARPLE. ENJOYABLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH. VERY NICELY WRITTEN, GOOD PERFORMANCES ALL AROUND.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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