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Alphabet Murders

Alphabet Murders

Tony Randall
Director: Frank Tashlin Cast: Tony Randall
Tony Randall
, Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
, Robert Morley
Robert Morley
Frank Tashlin


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Released in Great Britain as The ABC Murders, The Alphabet Murders stars a well-disguised Tony Randall as Agatha Christie's brilliant, insufferable Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Unfortunately, director Frank Tashlin chooses to open the film with one of his Pirandelloian gimmicks by introducing Randall out of make-up as himself, then cutting to Randall as Poirot. This has the effect of taking the audience "out" of the picture, and it takes a while for the film to recover. On its own, the plot is a good one, as Poirot investigates a series of murders, with the victims arranged alphabetically. There's also a well staged mid-film sequence, in which leading lady Anita Ekberg, as Amanda Beatrice Cross, supposedly comes to a soggy demise. But in never deciding whether to play "straight" or for laughs, The Alphabet Murders ends up a wildly uneven experience. Best bit: Poirot inadvertently confronting another Agatha Christie creation, Miss Marple (played without screen credit by Margaret Rutherford).

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2015
UPC: 0888574142520
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 35,960

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Randall Hercule Poirot
Anita Ekberg Amanda Beatrice Cross
Robert Morley Capt. Hastings
Maurice Denham Insp. Japp
Guy Rolfe Duncan Doncaster
Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple
Sheila Allen Lady Diane
James Villiers Franklin
Julian Glover Don Fortune
Grazina Frame Betty Barnard
Clive Morton "K"
Cyril Luckham Sir Carmichael Clarke
Richard Wattis Wolf
David Lodge Sergeant
Patrick Newell Cracknell
Austin Trevor Judson
Alison Seebohm Miss Sparks
Windsor Davies Dragbot
Sheila Reid Mrs. Fortune

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director
Bill Andrews Production Designer
Lawrence P. Bachmann Producer
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
David Pursall Screenwriter
Jack Seddon Screenwriter
John Victor Smith Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alphabet Murders
1. Chapter 1 [3:39]
2. Chapter 2 [1:44]
3. Chapter 3 [5:10]
4. Chapter 4 [2:16]
5. Chapter 5 [3:29]
6. Chapter 6 [5:58]
7. Chapter 7 [4:27]
8. Chapter 8 [3:24]
9. Chapter 9 [3:41]
10. Chapter 10 [2:23]
11. Chapter 11 [3:24]
12. Chapter 12 [3:19]
13. Chapter 13 [5:48]
14. Chapter 14 [4:47]
15. Chapter 15 [4:10]
16. Chapter 16 [3:41]
17. Chapter 17 [3:16]
18. Chapter 18 [3:09]
19. Chapter 19 [2:50]
20. Chapter 20 [3:17]
21. Chapter 21 [3:07]
22. Chapter 22 [4:23]
23. Chapter 23 [3:36]
24. Chapter 24 [4:42]
25. Chapter 25 [:41]

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