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Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple
on 11 September 2009
Surely Margaret Rutherford must have been the most miscast Jane Marple ever! But such was the force of her screen presence and personality that she made it work. Many of the films she made were only of average quality but she transformed them and they are still worth watching today, nearly 40 years after her death simply because of her presence.
Used often in character parts (in which she mercilessly upstaged any film star rash enough to appear with her--think, for example of The VIPs)she is the undoubted star of these four films. There are two additional bonuses the first being the jaunty, foot tapping music of Ron Goodwin. The second is the opportunity to view many great British actors 'slumming it' (as some might think)back in the 1960s: Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson,Flora Robson, Robert Morley, Ron Moody, Muriel Pavlov and James Robertson Justice to name but a few.
Probably not worth getting if you are not a Rutherford fan but definitely worth seeing again if you are. Good quality copies (all the films are black and white) but there is very little information provided; even the casts are not listed on the individual CDs Julian Mincham