A murderer is brought to court and only Miss Marple is unconvinced of his innocence. Once again she begins her own investigation. The third Miss Marple film starring Margaret Rutherford as the quirky amateur detective.
|Release Date||:||March 1, 1964|
|Genres||:||Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Comedy|
|Production Company||:||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Writers||:||Agatha Christie, David Pursall, Jack Seddon|
|Casts||:||Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell, Andrew Cruickshank, Megs Jenkins, Dennis Price, Ralph Michael, Stringer Davis|
|Plot Keywords||:||jurors, amateur detective, detective inspector, court case, covered investigation, eavesdropping, agatha christie, miss marple|
Some lovely bits here, based again on an Agatha Christie novel, not featuring Jane Marple however, but a Hercule Poirot mystery adapted and extremely loosely plotted to enhance the idiosyncratic manner of actress Miss Margaret Rutherford.
Margaret, trying out for a local theatre group in order to expose the real murderer, reciting a Robert Service poem to the disinterest of cast members, director and stagehands has to be seen to be believed. Her clicking knitting needles in the jury box, her one dissenting vote invalidating the whole judicial process, her self righteous oblivion to the glares of the judge, are comedic timing at its best. Her scenes with the company are wonderful and her slow, methodical denouement of the murderer exquisite.
Just curl up with this one. Great old actors from the sixties. A brilliant series. 8 out of 10.