WriterDavid Pursall, Jack Seddon, Agatha Christie Release dateAugust 1965 (1965-08) (UK)
17 May 1966 (1966-05-17) (U.S.) ScreenplayJack Seddon, David Pursall CastTony Randall (Hercule Poirot), Anita Ekberg (Amanda Beatrice Cross), Robert Morley (Hastings), Maurice Denham (Japp), Sheila Allen (Lady Diane), Drewe Henley (o.A.) Similar moviesMemories of Murder, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sea of Love, Taken 3, The Secret in Their Eyes, Let's Be Cops
TaglineIt's really no mystery why this girl is MURDER... it's as simple as ABC if you look hard enough!
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The Alphabet Murders is a British detective film based on the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, starring Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot.
Albert Aachen, a clown with a unique diving act, is found dead, the murder weapon happens to be a poison dart. When a woman named Betty Barnard becomes the next victim, detective Hercule Poirot suspects that Sir Carmichael Clarke could be in grave danger.
As he and Captain Hastings look into the crimes, a beautiful woman with an interesting monogram named Amanda Beatrice Cross becomes the focus of their investigation, at least until she leaps into the Thames.
Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot
Anita Ekberg as Amanda
Robert Morley as Hastings
Maurice Denham as Japp
Guy Rolfe as Duncan Doncaster
Sheila Allen as Lady Diane
James Villiers as Franklin
Julian Glover as Don Fortune
Grazina Frame as Betty Barnard
Clive Morton as 'X'
Cyril Luckham as Sir Carmichael Clarke
Richard Wattis as Wolf
David Lodge as Sergeant
Patrick Newell as Cracknell
Austin Trevor as Judson
Windsor Davies as Dragbot
Drewe Henley as Bowling Alley Attendant
Sheila Reid as Mrs. Fortune
Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple
Stringer Davis (Rutherford's husband) as Mr. Stringer.
The part of Poirot had originally been intended for Zero Mostel but the film was delayed because Agatha Christie objected to the script. The film varies significantly from the novel and emphasises comedy, the specialty of director Frank Tashlin. Poirot is given buffoonish characteristics, while still remaining a brilliant detective.