Over the years, many actresses have taken on the role of Agatha Christie’s, Miss Marple. One such actress is Margaret Rutherford, who played the famous sleuth across a series of movies in the 1960s.
In this post, I am taking a look at the Miss Marple movies which featured Rutherford. From her first appearance, to a cameo role, this post contains all of the key details about the film series, including the all-important viewing order, should you wish to investigate them further.
The Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple movies in order
From 1961 until 1965, Margaret Rutherford appeared in the role of Miss Marple in a total of five movies. Her first appearance was in 1961 in the film, Murder, She Said, followed in 1963 by Murder at the Gallop.
In 1964, Rutherford played Marple in Murder Most Foul and Murder Ahoy!. While her final time in the role came via a cameo in The Alphabet Murders in 1965.
If you wish to watch Margaret Rutherford’s Miss Marple movies in order, you should watch the films as follows:
- Murder, She Said (1961)
- Murder at the Gallop (1963)
- Murder Most Foul (1964)
- Murder Ahoy! (1964)
- The Alphabet Murders (1965)
Are all of the Margaret Rutherford movies part of the same series?
All five films are technically part of the same series, but it should be noted that Rutherford is not the lead star of all the movies.
The Alphabet Murders is a Hercule Poirot film, with a small guest spot for Miss Marple. So, think of the series as four Marple movies, plus a Marple cameo.
Who are the cast of the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple movies?
Notable cast members across the five movies include Arthur Kennedy, Joan Hickson, Stringer Davis, Robert Morley, Ron Moody, James Bolam, Terry Scott, Windsor Davies, Lionel Jeffries, Julian Glover, and Tony Randall.
What is the best Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple movie?
The four main Miss Marple movies are generally regarded as being of a similar quality. If you like one, then chances are you will enjoy the next, and so on.
According to IMDb, the five movies altogether are ranked as follows:
- Murder, She Said (1961) – 7.4/10
- Murder at the Gallop (1963) – 7.3/10
- Murder Most Foul (1964) – 7.2/10
- Murder Ahoy! (1964) – 7.1/10
- The Alphabet Murders (1965) – 5.4/10
If you’re a fan of the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple movies, as well as other Agatha Christie stories, then you may wish to know that the classic television series, Poirot is available on DVD.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Definitive Collection contains a collection of Poirot television movies, with David Suchet playing the role of the iconic Belgian detective.
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