HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
Burning Sea, The
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Murder Ahoy Ship Shape
Year: 1964
Director: George Pollock
Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, William Mervyn, Joan Benham, Stringer Davis, Nicholas Parsons, Miles Malleson, Henry Oscar, Derek Nimmo, Gerald Cross, Norma Foster, Terence Edmond, Francis Matthews, Lucy Griffiths
Genre: Comedy, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Amateur sleuth and do-gooder Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) has been appointed to the board of a trust which recruits young offenders and rehabilitates them by posting them on a training vessel, her connection being that her grandfather was in the British Navy. When she arrives at the establishment's offices for her first meeting with the board, she allows a speech to be made, and gives a short one herself, but the man sitting next to her is anxious to get on for he claims to have something very important to say. Or he would if he had not taken a pinch of snuff and promptly keeled over dead...

Murder Ahoy was the final of the Miss Marple mysteries to star Rutherford, and by this time it's clear they were running out of steam as the formula was starting to grow stale. Perhaps if they had adapted an Agatha Christie original as they had done those previous three times they may have found more to say, but this one was only based on the famous character, and an new story was concocted for Dame Margaret to huff and puff her way through. But bearing that in mind, the appeal of seeing the actress in a part tailor made for her was not to be sniffed at - well, not worth taking a pinch of poisoned snuff for.

It's just that there was a definite air of been there, done that about Murder Ahoy which made it rely not so much on its mystery angle, and more on its personality. Fortunately, as usual with this series the cast was very well chosen, with the by now traditional foil to Marple in the shape of a venerable British character performer with just a touch of eccentricity himself filled out by Lionel Jeffries, always reliable in these situations. He played the Captain, Sydney Rhumstone, obviously not a suspect but treated as one for comic effect, and sparring verbally with Marple as she joins the training ship to carry out her own investigations.

She thinks that the murderer of that board member wished to silence him because he was about to speak out about some conspiracy or other, and in her home made lab she experiments on the snuff, which was stolen except for the patch she got on her glove, thereby working out that strychnine was the poison used. Here we see her extensive crime library, a wall of mysteries and thrillers which she consults, and have evidently come in very handy over the years; the book she finds her solution in happens to be part of the ship's library too, another reason for her suspicions to be raised. But she has competition: not from the murderer, but from the longsuffering Inspector Craddock (Charles 'Bud' Tingwell).

So there are a few familiar faces here, and not only because of the recognition factor of the cast, as the movie Marple's loyal companion Mr Stringer was back as well, played by Stringer Davis who just happened to be Rutherford's loyal companion in real life. She insisted on his presence in many of her movies, so there he was. It's details like this that made the series cosy and continues to attract fans to this day, but much of the appeal rests on Rutherford's shoulders, as we like to think she was essentially the way she was in reality as she was in the Marple role. She certainly prompts a good few chuckles, whether it was asking the Inspector if he was suggesting she was unhinged to her announcement in the action-packed finale that she had been the Ladies National Fencing Champion in 1931. What a pity that too much of Murder Ahoy was coasting along on her charm, and that so little was actually happening in the plot. Music by Ron Goodwin, famous theme present and correct.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3779 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: