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Murder Ahoy [1964]

4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, William Mervyn, Joan Benham
  • Directors: George Pollock
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L5VB84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,680 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Synopsis Miss Marple investigates murder on a naval cadet training ship.

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Marvelous! They don't make films like this anymore. Classic!
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Fantastic
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Great movie.
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Dame Margaret Rutherford has always been a hero of mine. She was a genius as an actor - both in front of the camera and on stage, and were she still with us, she would undoubtedly have been awarded National Treasure status to sit along with her DBE and her Oscar.

Among her justly famous roles, (Madame Arcati in 'Blithe Spirit' and Miss Prism in 'The Importance of being Earnest' to name but two) she is surely the ideal Miss Marple, capturing a perfect blend of steely determination, wit, a fiercely keen intellect, and an apparently bumbling eccentricity.

In 'Murder Ahoy!' we have a less happy outing for the crime-busting talents of this super-sleuth in tweeds.

Unlike the three other classic Marple films ('Murder at the Gallop', 'Murder Most Foul' and 'Murder she Said', in which Rutherford also stars as the elderly spinster) 'Murder Ahoy' is not based on an Agatha Christie original - and therein lies its downfall. The writers, Jack Seddon and David Pursall, have obviously decided that they know better than the Duchess of Doom, and will now have a jolly good shot at exploring the character's comic potential, playing the whole thing for laughs. Their excuse is that they are giving us 'an interpretation of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple'. Unfortunately, this sort of thing rarely works, and in the case of 'Murder Ahoy' fails dismally. The film sinks like a stone under the weight of its tediously pantomime direction and slapstick antics, and drowns without ever raising more than the faintest ghost of a smile.

Both Dame Margaret and Miss Marple are worthy of far better treatment.
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This is not an authentic Agatha Christie, but every bit as good and very enjoyable. Lionel Jeffries is very funny as the captain and this was the best of Margaret Rutherford's, Miss Marple films.
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I love these old British movies, what better way to spend a wet Sunday(and we get lots of them) than watching films like this.
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Margaret Rutherford is a comic genious and never fails to entertain.
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Nothing is serious in this criminal detective and private eye story. It is all humor, oh no, fun really. But who is getting the fun out of the story? Agatha Christie? For sure, and she even manages to put a direct allusion at her famous dramatic success in London for more years than anyone else, The Mousetrap. But she is making fun at a bishop, a lord and a few other social entities. And she enjoys it enormously. But we could wonder if it is not Miss Marple who is making fun of all these heavy heads and straight jacketed minds. We would be right too. She obviously makes fun of the poor detective inspector or chief inspector, of the captain, of a few more people in the dear society of Winchester. She appears as an eccentric, and she cultivates that appearance because one has to keep up appearances and because that's her true hallmark and method to capture the attention of those she wants not to see what she is really doing. To go inconspicuous, this Miss Marple knows we have to go very visible. But it could also be Margaret Rutherford who is enjoying herself at our expense, and there too I think we have a point. She seems to be enjoying herself so much that she could be God himself come down incognito. This film is a little gem of such nice detective suspense laced and stuffed with a lot of British or English humor, with a lot of tongues in a lot of cheeks. Quite interesting if we consider it as a remnant and a testimony of a time when computers did not exist and scientific police was not yet a glimmer in the eye of an administrative law and order progenitor. And we managed to arrest criminals in those days when we did not even have a computer to process and identify finger prints.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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