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The Alphabet Murders

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Director  Frank Tashlin
Music director  Ron Goodwin
Language  English
5.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Mystery, Comedy
Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  David Pursall, Jack Seddon, Agatha Christie
Release date  August 1965 (1965-08) (UK) 17 May 1966 (1966-05-17) (U.S.)
Screenplay  Jack Seddon, David Pursall
Cast  Tony Randall (Hercule Poirot), Anita Ekberg (Amanda Beatrice Cross), Robert Morley (Hastings), Maurice Denham (Japp), Sheila Allen (Lady Diane), Drewe Henley (o.A.)
Similar movies  Memories of Murder, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sea of Love, Taken 3, The Secret in Their Eyes, Let's Be Cops
Tagline  It'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.


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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.

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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.


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  • 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.
  • Production background

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    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.

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