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Three extended symphonic Suites from the original films scores.
The Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.
1. FROM THE ORIGINAL FILM SCORES OF THE MISS MARPLE FILMS
Murder She Said (1961)
Murder at the Gallop (1963)
Murder Most Foul (1963)
Murder Ahoy (1964)
3. Lancelot and Guinevere, 1962 (25:04)
4. Force 10 from Navarone, 1978 (26:06)
MURDER SHE SAID - Dumpy, dough-faced British comedienne Margaret Rutherford was not precisely the physical type Agatha Christie had in mind for the prim, tweedish sleuth Miss Marple. Still, Rutherford's first "Marple" movie "Murder She Said" did so well at the box office that there was no question she would continue appearing in the role in the inevitable sequels. In this initial effort, Marple witnesses a murder being committed on a speeding train. She informs the authorities, but they find no evidence of a killing and write off Marple as a doddering eccentric. Determined to prove that she's not imagining things, Marple investigates the area around the stretch of railroad track where the murder occurred. She winds up on the estate of James Robertson-Justice, disguised as a maid. Many family skeletons are exhumed by Miss Marple before she proves that she indeed saw a murder and pinpoints the guilty party. Stringer Davis, Margaret Rutherford's husband, makes his first appearance as Miss Marple's chaste companion Mr. Stringer. Based on Agatha Christie's "4:50 From Paddington," "Murder She Said" was released in some markets as "Meet Miss Marple." Also stars Joan Hickson, who was later to be Miss Marple in the popular British television series of the 1980s.
MURDER AT THE GALLOP - This is one of a series of competent murder mysteries directed by George Pollock based on the Agatha Christie character, Miss Marple. Margaret Rutherford stars as the grey-haired, wily sleuth who will not give up until all the pieces of a puzzle have been neatly put in place. This time around, an old village recluse is found dead and everyone except Miss Marple believes he had a heart attack. She is suspicious because four members of the dead man's family stand to benefit from his death, especially when a highly valuable painting is added into the kitty. As she follows her instincts and logic, a few more murders eliminate the same number of suspects, and Miss Marple is compelled to lend haste to her investigation before someone else turns up dead. Also stars Robert Morely and Flora Robson.
MURDER MOST FOUL - Possibly the most enjoyable of the delightful Miss Marple series of mysteries, "Murder Most Foul" benefits from its setting inside a third-rate theatrical troupe. This allows series screenwriters David Pursall and Jack Seddon to create (courtesy of Agatha Christie, of course) a cast populated by some rather extreme types, as well as letting them set their heroine loose in a setting that is somewhat alien to her. Margaret Rutherford, of course, doesn't allow anything alien to deter her Marple, and she seems to enjoy discovering how Marple would react to these various types - mainly by taking them in her very proper British stride. The plotting is appropriately intricate, although director George Pollock does his customarily reliable job of keeping all his ducks in a row so that the viewer never worries about getting lost. While there are the usual minor logical lapses that are common to the genre - no matter how hard they try to justify it, there simply is no excuse (other than it makes for more suspense) for Marple not to explain matters more thoroughly to the doubting Inspector - they won't bother most viewers, who will be too absorbed in the mystery, and too entertained by Rutherford and company. Ron Moody is thoroughly enjoyable as the vain would-be-Belasco of the troupe, Alison Seebohm makes her semi-mystical flake believable, and the rest of the cast is quite fine. Also stars Francesca Annis.
MURDER AHOY - The last of Margaret Rutherford's "Miss Marple" films, "Murder Ahoy" is the only one of the series not based on an Agatha Christie original. The setting this time is a boat that has been purchased by a trusteeship to serve as a home for wayward kids. One of the trustees, Cecil Ffolly-Hardwicke (Henry Longhurst), dies while attending a meeting held aboard the boat. The police write the death off as "natural causes," but another trustee, our Miss Marple (Rutherford), suspects otherwise. Doing a little sleuthing on her own, she discovers that outwardly respectable Lionel Jeffries is using the boat as a "training school" for aspiring criminals, a la Fagin. This would seem to explain why Hardwicke was murdered, but Jeffries is much too obvious a suspect - as Miss Marple discovers nearly too late. Margaret Rutherford's husband Stringer Davis is back again as Miss Marple's platonic middle-aged friend Mr. Stringer. Also stars Lionel Jeffries and Joan Benham.
LANCELOT AND GUINEVERE - Cornel Wilde co-produces, directs, and stars with his wife Jean Wallace in this uneven version of fabled King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Wilde, a skilled fencer, is Lancelot and appropriately enough, Wallace is his lady-love Guinevere. This time around, their traditionally chaste romance (Guinevere marries King Arthur) takes on a more modern veneer as she and Lancelot become intimate. Aside from their love story, several battles on horseback keep the knights busy as King Arthur struggles to hold onto his throne in the face of a challenge from King Leodogran (John Longdon).
FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE - was a sequel to the 1961 blockbuster "The Guns of Navarone" and tells the tale of ten widely divergent WW II troubleshooters who attempt to blow up a crucial bridge in Yugoslavia. As in the first Navarone film, one of the guerillas is a traitor: group leader Mallory (Robert Shaw) knows the identity of the turncoat, but can't prove it until it's almost too late. The beautiful female resistance leader is played by Barbara Bach, while Harrison Ford, fresh from his Star Wars success, is the romantic lead. Others in the cast include Edward Fox, Franco Nero and Alan Badel. "Force 10 From Navarone" is credited as being "inspired" by Alistair McLean's novel "Guns of Navarone."