Murder by Death (1976) Written by Neil Simon. Directed by Robert Moore.
David Niven as Dick Charleston, Peter Sellers as Sidney Wang, Elsa Lanchester as Jessica Marbles, James Coco as Milo Perrier, Peter Falk as Sam Diamond, Maggie Smith as Dora Charleston and Truman Capote as Lionel Twain (not pictured)

Lionel Twain: (falls forward into the room and lands face down revealing a knife sticking out of his back)
Dora Charleston: Is he dead?
Sam Diamond: With a thing like that in his back, in the long run he’s better off.
Milo Perrier: Touch nothing!
Jessica Marbles: Will you stop saying “touch nothing?” We’re all experienced criminologists. I find it insulting, debasing and redundant to keep telling us to touch nothing!
Milo Perrier: Oh, be quiet woman!
Jessica Marbles: Up yours, fella.

2 Responses to “Murder by Death (1975)”

  1. A decent enough whodunit with the ultra-rare acting turn by Truman Capote. Coco is a take on Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Always a pleasure to have Peter Sellers and Maggie Smith aboard.

  2. I really liked this one when I was a kid, but I have to say it hasn’t held up all that well sadly. The cast is great, but most of the jokes felll a little flat to me. Maggie Smith and Peter Falk and Eileen Brennan come off the best. Sellers sadly isn’t given enough to do.

    Ah well, it fit nicely with this week’s murder theme and it was fun to revisit.

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