Murder Ahoy

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The last of Margaret Rutherford's "Miss Marple" films, Murder Ahoy is the only one of the series not based on an Agatha Christie original. The setting this time is a boat that has been purchased by a trusteeship to serve as a home for wayward kids. One of the trustees, Cecil Ffolly-Hardwicke Henry Longhurst, dies while attending a meeting held aboard the boat. The police write the death off as "natural causes," but another trustee, our Miss Marple Rutherford, suspects otherwise. Doing a little sleuthing on her ...
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The last of Margaret Rutherford's "Miss Marple" films, Murder Ahoy is the only one of the series not based on an Agatha Christie original. The setting this time is a boat that has been purchased by a trusteeship to serve as a home for wayward kids. One of the trustees, Cecil Ffolly-Hardwicke Henry Longhurst, dies while attending a meeting held aboard the boat. The police write the death off as "natural causes," but another trustee, our Miss Marple Rutherford, suspects otherwise. Doing a little sleuthing on her own, she discovers that outwardly respectable Lionel Jeffries is using the boat as a "training school" for aspiring criminals, a la Fagin. This would seem to explain why Hardwicke was murdered, but Jeffries is much too obvious a suspect--as Miss Marple discovers nearly too late. Margaret Rutherford's husband Stringer Davis is back again as Miss Marple's platonic middle-aged friend Mr. Stringer.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The last in Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple series, Murder Ahoy finds the always amiable amateur sleuth in an original screenplay, not one based upon an Agatha Christie novel. Aficionados will notice the Christie absence, most obviously in the finale, which gives Marple a much more physically active role than usual (including a swordfight), but Ahoy is still a top notch piece of escapism. The humor is a bit broader in David Pursall and Jack Seddon's screenplay, and the conflict between Marple and Inspector Craddock seems somewhat contrived, but the plotting is still self-assured and the mystery interesting. The writers have also given the character of Mr. Stringer (played by Rutherford's husband, Stringer Davis) rather more to do, which is all to the good. There's a chemistry between the husband-wife team, although it's one of mutual affection rather than sexuality, and Davis is endearingly befuddled -- "cute" in the better sense of the word. Of the rest of the supporting cast, Lionel Jeffries goes a bit too far as the Captain but is otherwise solid. Director George Pollock unobtrusively keeps things moving at a lively clip. Calling the series off after Ahoy may have disappointed its fans, but it did allow the series to go out while still shipshape.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616184436
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple
Lionel Jeffries Capt. Sidney de Courcy Rhumstone
Charles "Bud" Tingwell Detective Inspector Craddock
William Mervyn Cmdr. Breeze-Connington
Joan Benham Matron Alice Fanbraid
Stringer Davis Mr. Stringer
Nicholas Parsons Dr. Crump
Miles Malleson Bishop Faulkner
Henry Oscar Lord Rudkin
Derek Nimmo Sub-Lt. Humbert
Gerald Cross Lt. Cmdr. L.W. Brewer Dimchurch
Norma Foster Assistant Matron Shirley Boston
Terence Edmund Sgt. Bacon
Lucy Griffiths Millie
Bernard Adams Dusty Miller
Tony Quinn Kelly, Tramp
Edna Petrie Miss Pringle
Windsor Davies
Maurice Good George Rowton
Pauline Jameson Maureen Summers
Francis Matthews Lt. Compton
Roy Holder Petty Officer Lamb
Henry Longhurst Cecil Ffolly-Hardwicke
Stella Tanner
Technical Credits
George Pollock Director
Bill Andrews Art Director
Lawrence P. Bachmann Producer
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
David Pursall Screenwriter
Jack Seddon Screenwriter
Sydney Streeter Production Manager
Ernest Walter Editor
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