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Murder Most Foul
Vier Frauen und ein Mord

UK 1964
directed by George Pollock
starring Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Andrew Cruickshank, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Stringer Davis, Megs Jenkins, Ralph Michael, James Bolam, Francesca Annis, Pauline Jameson, Alison Seebohm, Maurice Good, Dennis Price
based on the novel Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple, Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When Mrs McGinty, a barmaid, is found hanged with her lodger fiddling about with her rope, it seems a clear case of murder with the lodger as the culprit - for everyone but Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) that is, who sits in the jury, thus cusing a re-trial at a later date. & until that date, Miss Marple - with the help of Mr.Stinger (Stringer Davis) decides to take up investigations of her own.

Certain clues soon reveal Mrs McGinty as a blackmailer with relations to Cossgood's (Ron Moody) theatre company, where Miss Marple soon succeeds to get hired to work undercover - & not a moment too soon it seems, since as soon as she has the job, another stiff, George (Maurice Good), turns up, poisoned.

The rest of the actors seem a pretty weird bunch too, including Ralph (Ralph Michael), an aging actor definitely past his prime but still chasing after every barmaid in town, his jealous wife Maureen (Pauline Jameson), Sheila Upward (Francesca Annis), the daughter of a rich family, & her fieancé Bill (James Bolam), or weird girl Eva (Alison Seebohm), who thinks she has premonitions & was madly in love with the dead George, among others.

Soon Miss Marple has pieced a puzzle together, that includes an actress, who once starred in a play by Cossgood, but later killed her husband & herself over a decade ago. Her offspring (male or female nobody knows) though was brought up by the deceased Mrs McGinty ... so could the offspring be the killer of his adoptive mother ? Or a former lover of the homicidal/suicidal actress ?

So Miss Marple - after antoher killing - decides to set up a trap for the killer, luring him to kill her, at the premiere of the newest play of the company - a murder mystery with Miss Marple as detective - & she almost catches the wrong person, Eva, who holds Miss Marple to be responsible for George's death, before the trap finally springs on Bill, who desperately needs to marry rich girl Sheila, which is why he couldn' afford for anyone to know he had a homicidal & suicidal mother, which was what Mrs McGinty blackmailed him with. Of course, in the right moment, Miss Marple's trusted friend inspector Craddock (Charles 'Bud' Tingwell) can interfere & arrest Bill ...

 

As usual with the Margaret Rutherford/Miss Marple-series, this movie has little to do with Agatha Christie, & the murder mystery & especially the solution are at best remotely convincing, but it is so beautifully & humourously played (though not by far as comedic as Murder Ahoy, the next entry in the series), with a carefully selected cast of British eccentrics in the key roles (including such seemingly unimportant supporting roles as Dennis Price as a theatrical agent & Andrew Cruckshank as judge) that one would be hard pressed not to like the movie.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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