is the last of four Miss Marple films
, made by MGM
and starring Margaret Rutherford
. As in the three previous films, Margaret Rutherford plays Miss Jane Marple, Bud Tingwell
is (Chief) Inspector Craddock and Stringer Davis
(Rutherford's real-life husband) plays Mr Stringer.
The film was made in 1964
and directed by George Pollock, with David Pursall and Jack Seddon credited with the script. The music was by Ron Goodwin
Unlike the previous three that were very loosely based on novels by Agatha Christie
, this one was not and it employs an original screenplay. It does, however, borrow a few obscure plot details from They Do It with Mirrors
(but otherwise bears no resemblance at all to that Miss Marple novel); and it pays at least nominal homage to Christie's long-running play, The Mousetrap
The action takes places mainly on board an old wooden-walled battleship
, HMS Battledore,
which has been purchased by a Trust for the rehabilitation of young criminals, and intended by the founder to put backbone into young jellyfish.
Shortly after joining the board of management of the Trust, Miss Marple witnesses the sudden death of a fellow trustee, who has just returned from a surprise visit to the ship. She manages to obtain a small sample of his snuff
, which is found to have been poisoned. Against police advice, she visits the ship, much to the distress of the Captain and officers.
On her first night on board, one officer is murdered - run through with a sword and then... Read More