Reviewed byBaronBl00d (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 9/10/10
The third and arguably best film from the Miss Marple films of the 6o's.This time out Miss Marple must solve a mysterious death concerning atrusteeand a snuff box, which eventually lands her on board a ship as an observingtrustee. Once aboard, Miss Marple and her presence seemingly invitemurderafter murder. Margaret Rutherford furls her sails and lends the film hergargantuan aplomb. She is a battleship on screen. The cast also includesStringer Davis(real-life husband) and Charles Tingwell(Inspector Craddock)reprising earlier roles. Lionel Jeffries is the ship's captain and he issimply marvelous as he bemoans Marple's presence and even calling her "aJonah and an ill wind blowing." Definitely a treat and comic tour-de-forcefor Rutherford, who we get to see fence no less, and Jeffries.
Reviewed byjamesraeburn2003Vote: 8/10/10
Miss Marple joins the board of senior trustees for a youth reformationcommittee, which prides itself on reforming troublesome teenagers bymeans of naval cadet training on board a ship called The Battledore.But when one of her fellow trustees is murdered by his snuff beinglaced with poison, Miss Marple learns that he had just returned from aroutine visit to The Battledore and she suspects that the motive forhis murder must lie on the ship. Using her position as senior trustee,Miss Marple pays a visit to the ship much to the chagrin of theeccentric Captain Rhumstone (Lionel Jeffries) who seems anxious to getrid of her. With the help of her loyal friend Mr Stringer (StringerDavis), she soon learns that the shore leave patrol has been committinga series of jewel thefts from the high society. But the question iswhich one? Meanwhile, Lieutenant Compton (Francis Matthews) has beenrun through with a sword and hung from the ship's yardarm and suspicionimmediately falls on Sub Lieutenant Humbert (Derek Nimmo) whom didn'tget along with Compton because they both fancied the same girl, NurseShirley (Norma Foster). As usual, Chief Inspector Craddock (CharlesTingwell) thinks he's got an open and shut case, but Miss Marple isn'tconvinced of Humbert's guilt even though the jewel robberies were allcommitted after high society parties, all of which he and Shirley hadboth attended. In her usual shrewd way, Miss Marple sets a trap for thekiller and uncovers a big swindle attached to the higher ranks amongthe committee but not before Shirley is murdered by a poisoned spikeprimed to a mousetrap...
Murder Ahoy was the fourth and final entry in the series of comedywhodunits starring Rutherford as Miss Marple. The series was doing wellat the box office, but the producers were unable to get the rights toany more of Christie's works. In addition, this is the only one thatwasn't adapted from a Christie novel and the film was produced in 1964,but released at the end of 1965 in order to space out the series.Following the end of the Miss Marple franchise, director Pollock wouldmake one more feature before he more or less vanished from the scene.Another Christie, Ten Little Indians (see my review), for Fu Manchuproducer Harry Alan Towers.
All in all, Murder Ahoy is fantastic light hearted fun with Rutherfordon fine form as usual as the spinster detective. She gets good supportfrom Lionel Jeffries as the Captain and Stringer Davis offers histouching portrayal as the local librarian Mr Stringer who is MissMarple's closest friend and is always concerned that her meddling mayresult in her getting bumped off, but its never any use as she isdetermined to unravel the mystery and she does in her own inimitablefashion. Moments to savour here include her sword fight with the killerat the climax when she assures her assailant "I must warn you that in1931 I was the winner of the ladies fencing championship."Screenwriters David Pursall and Jack Seddon came up with quite a goodstoryline of their own and the identity of the killer is well concealeduntil the end, but I felt that the script could of been a littletighter. Nevertheless, its all good fun and Rutherford has no troublein dominating the film with her uniquely individual performance as MissMarple, George Pollock's direction is smooth and the atmospheric blackand white camera-work of Desmond Dickinson is an added bonus.
Reviewed byPudditatVote: 8/10/10
I always enjoy a chance to see any of the four Murder mysteries MargaretRutherford made during the 1960's as Agatha Christie's Miss. Marple.Whileshe doesn't fit the traditional description, she is a hoot to watch! Ithink these are all great fun, and she is just a classic!
Miss Marple investigates the murder of one of her fellow trustees of a fund which rehabilitates young criminals. To investigate she goes aboard the ship used to train the juveniles, much to the distress of the Captain. She soon stumbles onto more murders, and a ring of thieves.