Murder She Said

Synopsis: Old miss Marple is on a train ride when she witnesses a murder in a passing train. She reports it to the police but they won't believe her: since no body can be found there can't have been any murder, right? As always, she begins her own investigation. The murder was committed while passing Ackenthorpe Hall and miss Marple gets herself a job there, mixing cleaning and cooking with searching the house for clues.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): George Pollock
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

Station annouuncer: The train standing

at Platform 2 is the 4:50

for Ealing Broadway. Hanwell.

Hayes. West Drayton.

Langley. Taplow. Milchester

and Brackhampton.

- Tickets, please.

- A woman has been strangled.

- Pardon?

- A man strangled a woman in a train.

- I saw it out there!

- Strangled?

Yes, strangled.

You must do something.

Me? Well...

Madam, don't you think you had a nap

and maybe had a bad dream?

Young man, I was not dreaming.

What are you going to do about it?

Well... we'll be in Brackhampton

in about five minutes.

- I'll report it then.

- Thank you.

- Can I have your details?

- Of course.

Miss Jane Marple.

- Marple?

- Marple.

Old Pasture Lane.

- Milchester.

- Milchester. I see.

I'll report it

to the stationmaster...

- Yes, please do.

- Thank you.

A bad dream indeed.

All right, Lucy, I'll answer that.

- Good morning...

- Not today.

Inspector Craddock, County CID.

Oh, I am so sorry.

Do come in, Inspector.

I've been going through

all the papers for the last two days

and not a word about the murder.

I suppose the police asked the press

to say nothing for now.

Do sit down.

Lull the murderer into a false sense

of security, then pounce!

What's that?

Oh, how stupid of me. I am so sorry.


You will have some tea, won't you?

- Oh...

- Tea for the Inspector, please.

Yes, ma'am.

Well now, have you got him?

Well, I... that is...

...we've come to the conclusion that

what you saw on the train was...

...a man and a woman...

Yes, as I said.

I mean...

perhaps they were honeymooners?

Inspector, I may be

what is termed a spinster,

but I do know the difference

between horseplay and murder.

Yes, Miss Marple, but there's been

a full search of every train

and no hospital has treated

any such woman.

She was blonde,

with a fur collar coat.

No such woman was seen getting on or

off a train alone or accompanied.

Of course not, she was dead!

The tracks were searched for the

whole length of the line - negative.

Oh, so you don't believe me?

I didn't mean to imply that.

- You did.

- Not at all.

What then?

A woman cannot be murdered

on a busy train

without our finding out about it.

I'm sure you mean well, Inspector,

but if you imagine

that I am going to sit back

and let everybody regard me

as a dotty old maid,

you are very much mistaken.

Good day!

I'm sorry, The Hatrack Hanging,

Falcon Smith's latest,

we haven't received our copy yet.

Plain inefficiency.

- Let me know the moment it comes in.

- Of course, Mrs Stainton.

- Good morning, Miss Marple.

- Good morning, Mr Stringer.

Good morning, Hilda.

One moment...

...The Hatrack Hanging,

I've been keeping it for you.

- Would you say I am unstable?

- Certainly not.

- In full possession of my faculties?

- Absolutely...

- Not given to hallucinations?

- No.

Thank you, Mr Stringer.

- The police think I'm dotty.

- What?


I saw a young man and woman

in the throes of connubial bliss.

If I were you, Miss Marple,

I would write to the Chief Constable.

Mr Stringer, how many detective

novels have we read over the years?

Lmpossible to say.

Certainly hundreds.

Yes, which gives us a certain

knowledge of the criminal mind?

Most assuredly.

Well, this is where we put

that knowledge to the test.

- We?

- Yes, we!

So it has come in!

Oh, has it?

Well, I think I have first call.

You won't like it. Too obvious.

The mother did it, of course.

How do you know? It's just come in.

It always is with Falcon Smith.

A deprived child, you know.

Crumpets for tea,

Mr Stringer, if you care to join me.

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