Murder She Said
Directed by George Pollock
Written by David Pursall and Jack Seddon; adapted by David D. Osborn from the novel 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
George H. Brown Productions/Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
First viewing/Amazon Instant
Miss Marple: Well, we should get on admirably. Neither can I!
Margaret Rutherford could not be more different from the bird-like, dainty Miss Marple of Christie’s mysteries. She is none the less absolutely perfect for the part!
Miss Marple (Rutherford) is traveling home by train when she happens to witness a murder in a train traveling in the other direction. She alerts the authorities who conclude she is a dotty old maid when no trace of a body can be found. Naturally, she launches her own investigation.
This leads her to an estate where she gets a job as a maid so she can snoop around. This proves to be a treasure-trove of suspects, mainly consisting of the sons avidly waiting for their old man to die to get the inheritance. It takes a couple of other murders before Miss Marple has her man. With Arthur Kennedy as the ailing patriarch’s doctor.
There have been a few changes from the novel, mainly to make Miss Marple the center of attention. (In the novel, she talks a friend into taking the job as a maid.) Nonetheless, the story is clearly recognizable. I will watch Margaret Rutherford in anything. Her very appearance on screen starts me smiling. I’m glad I have another three of these light, fun films in my future.