Murder Most Foul

Synopsis: Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Marple's sole 'not guilty' vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group's hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood. Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
 
IMDB:
7.2
UNRATED
Year:
1964
90 min
132 Views


I know, ask the vicar if

he'll be kind enough to have a try.

Yes.

If what you say is so, then an

innocent man's life may be at stake.

What can be done?

We can begin by inquiring

rather more closely

into the private life of Mrs McGinty

than the police have seen fit to do.

Yes, but how?

By returning to

the scene of the crime, as it were.

Oh, very good, vicar.

Excellent! Excellent!

Whoa!

Mr Stringer, if our plan works,

you're sure you know your part?

- Yes, I think so.

- Down! Down! You may be observed.

- Yes?

- I'm collecting...

I'm collecting jumble

for the church bazaar.

You're a Christian, surely?

- I should hope so.

- Well then?

If it's for the church,

there's plenty here.

Oh, thank you.

Got all her stuff here.

You've heard of my sister?

Yes, the poor lady.

I always thought she'd come to

a bad end - one of those theatricals.

Really? I thought she was a barmaid.

Oh, yes,

but she used to be on the stage.

Did it in there you know,

with his bare hands.

Gloved ones?

It comes to the same thing

in the end. This way.

She was always

sticking her neck out, that one.

She did leave you her cottage.

Didn't have time to arrange her will.

No, it would seem not.

Still I mustn't decry her,

my own sister.

Blood's thicker

than water I suppose.

Here's her stuff, nothing of value -

probably got it

from a jumble sale herself.

She used to swear

these rat-tails were mink.

I wouldn't be seen dead in this coat.

Can't imagine why she dressed

in rags when she had money.

A real little slut she was.

I remember when she was a kid -

always wanted to be an actress.

An actress, I ask you!

Mean, she was, you know, mean!

A touch of rheumatism.

I find this beneficial.

- Oh, really?

- Yes.

Try rubbing linseed

and vinegar into the joints.

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David Pursall

David spent his early life in Erdington (England), the son of an accountant; he was always interested in writing and had two murder mystery novels published by the time he was sixteen. So, on leaving school, he took an apprenticeship as a journalist and became a reporter working on a local Birmingham newspaper. His ambition was to move to London to work on a national newspaper but with the threat of war looming, he joined the Royal Service Voluntary Reserve of the Fleet Air Arm as a trainee pilot before taking an officer's course at The Greenwich Naval College. During the Second World War he spent the first three years flying, winning a DSC for bravery and then transferred to the Admiralty Press Division. It was whilst he was stationed in Sydney that he met Captain Anthony Kimmins, the well-known broadcaster on naval affairs, who inspired him to work in the film industry. In 1947, settling in London, he eventually landed a post as Publicity Director for The Rank Organization and, in collaboration with the iconic portrait photographer Cornel Lucas, handled the press relations for Rank film stars, some of those he mentioned include : Jean Simmons, Petula Clark, Diana Dors, Joan Collins, Jill Ireland and Brigitte Bardot. In 1956, he joined forces with long term writing partner Jack Seddon, basing full time at Pinewood Studios, initially writing a script from his own idea Tomorrow Never Comes (1978). However, the plot was considered too provocative at that time and it was whilst trying to interest producers in this, that David and Jack were commissioned to write the script for Count Five and Die (1957); and it took twenty-one years' before Tomorrow Never Comes (1978), was made. Continuing later as a freelance film and TV scriptwriter, David worked mainly on war and murder mystery themes; his last movie made for TV was Black Arrow in 1985, a 15th century historical war drama. He worked constantly, and together with the titles listed, there were many more commissioned scripts, treatments, and original stories developed which never reached the sound stage. He also tried his hand at writing for the theatre, worked for a short time in Bollywood, took his tape recorder to the front line in Israel for a documentary on the Six Day War, and later became a Film and TV adviser; he also continued to write newspaper articles. David lived the good life; a popular, charismatic conversationalist, an idea's man, who enjoyed travelling the world circumnavigating twice, partying, theatergoing, watching night shooting at Pinewood Studios, finishing The Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword daily and driving fast cars; as well as helping the aspiring young achieve success in their careers in film and the media. Aged 69, he announced from his hospital bed, that as he'd written everything there was to write, it was his time to go. He left behind a devoted wife and a daughter. more…

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