Murder, She Said


(out of 5)

The world’s best advocate for the benefits of spinsterhood is in top form in this adorable adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 4.50 From Paddington, one which fans of the more recent A&E Miss Marple mysteries should definitely take a look at.  is wonderful as the shrewish senior who is travelling by train one random afternoon and witnesses a man strangling a woman on a passing train. Passed off as a crazy old lady by the police inspector to whom she reports the murder, Marple decides to solve it herself by posing as a maid for the mansion near where she believes the body might have been dumped. The residents of the crumbling abode end up being so colourfully dysfunctional in their own way that it almost throws her off the scent.  Beautifully paced and expertly written, this is a marvelous showcase for Rutherford’s irresistible talent for delightful doddering. Of interesting note, the house’s cook is played by , who would go on to play Marple in the A&E series.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, George H. Brown Productions

United Kingdom, 1961

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , adaptation by , based on the novel 4.50 From Paddington by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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