Agatha Christie's Murder She Said

Agatha Christie's Murder She Said

DVD - 2006
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Comfily ensconced in her railway carriage, Miss Marple sees a strangulation aboard a passing train, then follows a trail of baffling clues to a manor house inhabited by a quarrelsome family.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419825705
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 86 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 15, 2016

Margaret Rutherford is the quintessential Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s stout spinsterish super sleuth, in this first instalment of what was to become a short-lived series of whodunnits. After she witnesses a woman being strangled through the window of a passing train, Jane Marple dutifully reports it to the authorities but due to a lack of any collaborating evidence the police soon abandon the case. Not one to be put off however, the feisty old woman draws upon her own crime-solving savvy—gleaned from the hundreds of murder mysteries she’s read over the years—and sets out to find the killer herself, a hunt which will eventually lead her to the brooding Ackenthorpe mansion and its family of bickering suspects. The script is pure paperback pulp, the cast little more than the usual red herrings and genre caricatures from the blustering patriarch to the taciturn gardener, and the trail of clues is laid out in such a way that a blind man could follow it. Furthermore, the character of Ackenthorpe’s precocious nephew Alexander (Ronnie Raymond), while clearly meant to offer some comedic relief instead comes across as an ultra creepy man-child especially with that horribly dubbed voice. But director George Pollock wrings what suspense he can from a succession of shadowy rooms and creaking doors and Rutherford’s doddering grey-haired bloodhound, looking like Sherlock Holmes’ grandmother in scarf and overcoat, is a treat to watch.

Feb 26, 2016

Agatha Christie's Murder She Said more or less throws Christie's book and characters out the window of a speeding train, and I'm not sure how she felt about that. Possibly, she would have enjoyed it if her name was taken off, because it has Margaret Rutherford being Margaret Rutherford, a magnificent creation. Unlike MARPLE, this is Christiesploitation done right.

Nov 07, 2015

Rated 8/10.

Apr 30, 2015

"Murder she said" was originally the "4:50 from the Paddington" but any title starting with "Murder" catches our eye. Arthur Kennedy was an American actor who during this era was making a name for himself by studying to be a Shakespearean actor. That's how he got into an otherwise all British movie. Joan Hickson has a small role here but later on became the star of some Jane Marple programs. Overall I thought this mystery had a number of holes or missed cues that took away from it.

Oct 29, 2014

Margaret Rutherford plays in a series of Interestingly "Americanized" versions of Miss Marple. This one is loosely based on "4:50 from Paddington," while the others have no basis in the "canon" at all. Rutherford's Marple is not a little old lady asking questions, but a determined battle-axe.

Jun 07, 2012

"Murder She Said" is fun. Features Margaret Rutherford in her first appearance as Miss Jane Marple.
Great watching anytime but if you are looking for a way to pass a rainy night, get your hot chocolate or cuppa English tea, sit back and enjoy the shenanigans as Miss Marple solves the mystery. Oh, the theme music?? A little eccentric but memorable just like Miss Marple.

Nov 09, 2011

This is the first of a particularly good Miss Marple series. In it Miss Marple is played with a strength, intelligence and self-confidence that I rarely see portrayed in older women.

May 10, 2010

These quirky, but not always accurate to the book, depictions of Agatha Christie's unassuming spinster detective is vividly portrayed with a wonderful sense of humor and joie de vivre. Margaret Rutherfor is one of the best Jane Marples around! And while my favorite is still Joan Hickson, this one has both of them in the same movie - Rutherford as Marple and Hickson as screaming maid! A delightful portrayal that started a craze in the 1960's, I found these to be just as delightful today. And who can resist that wonderful theme song?


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