my Movie

Movie Details

Title:   Murder by Death
Director:   Robert Moore
Year:   1976
Genre:   Comedy
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   06.15.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Cheap Detective

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
06.15.07Paramount Now this one I liked quite a bit.

Truman Capote gathers the world's leading criminologists to challenge them to see who's the cleverest of them all in a dinner party murder mystery. The guests include Peter Sellers playing Charlie Chan (he's actually named Wang but we all know), David Niven and Maggie Smith as the Thin Man couple, James Coco as Hercule Poirot, Elsa Lanchester as Agatha Christie's non-Poirot heroine whom I don't know her name, and Peter Falk as Sam Spade. Not only that but there are also very notable performances by Alec Guiness as the blind butler, Eileen Brennan as Falk's smitten secretary/mistress, and James Cromwell as Coco's chauffer (with a hilarious French accent). With so many great actors together all playing strong personalities, it's easy to imagine this film being a good time.

I liked a lot of this movie. It reminded me of another favorite very similar to this: Clue. I still prefer Clue because I grew up with it but if I was older and the tables were turned I could see myself favoring this one. Falk is great with his un-PC habits and Maggie Smith is really hot in that British way. Like I said, Cromwell is surprisingly funny here... although I guess that's not too surprising. It's all just very fun to watch.

Lastly, it's cool that the drawing of the main characters featured in the beginning and end credits was done by Charles Addams.

Checking the wiki page, I just learned that there was a deleted scene involving Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Bet that was funny.
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