Murder She Said 1961

Margaret Rutherford in her first outing as Miss Marple for MGM British which turned out to be a real money-spinner for the film production company – it was filmed at, and around the MGM Studios at Elstree

Arriving home, Miss Marple calls the police. Village Road in Denham, Buckinghamshire. ABOVE

After telling Police Inspector Craddock of what she witnessed, Miss Marple leaves the house. Filming Location is Village Road in Denham.

Miss Marple heads to the library to find her friend Mr. Stringer. Location for film is ooking north-east on Village Road, Denham.

ABOVE: Mr. Stringer (Stringer Davis) helps Miss Marple to look for clues along the railway.

ABOVE: After the case is solved, Miss Marple is collected from the hall by Mr. Stringer. Filmed at Radnor Hall on Allum Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire.

James Robertson Justice – the same blustering, shouting performance as always. Not a subtle performance either

ABOVE – Miss Marple played by Margaret Rutherford in the first of four films she made playing this role. This film plus Murder at the Gallop with Robert Morley, Murder Most Foul and Murder Ahoy for MGM British – all done in the space of four years and all, particularly the first two were very successful

ABOVE – As she leaves the household where she found employment as a maid simply to solve the murder mystery – which she does – James Robertson Justice clumsily asks her to marry him. She replies that she is honoured but if she plans marriage ‘there is someone else’

To which he answers ‘ Rubbish that can’t be true. I mean who the devil would have you’

Miss Marple responds ‘Well you for one it seems’

They then say goodbye and part company, she leaves the Hall and is driven away by her Chauffeur Mr Stringer

I have read that after this film and her Oscar Winning Performance in The VIPs – she was for a short time the highest paid MGM film star

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