The Alphabet Murders
|The Alphabet Murders|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Tashlin|
David Pursall (screenplay)|
Jack Seddon (screenplay)
Agatha Christie (novel)
|Music by||Ron Goodwin|
Albert Aachen, a clown with a unique diving act, is found dead, the murder weapon a poison dart. When a woman named Betty Barnard becomes the next victim, detective Hercule Poirot suspects that Sir Carmichael Clarke could be in grave danger.
As he and Captain Hastings look into the crimes, a beautiful woman with an interesting monogram named Amanda Beatrice Cross becomes the focus of their investigation, at least until she leaps into the Thames.
- Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot
- Anita Ekberg as Amanda
- Robert Morley as Hastings
- Maurice Denham as Japp
- Guy Rolfe as Duncan Doncaster
- Sheila Allen as Lady Diane
- James Villiers as Franklin
- Julian Glover as Don Fortune
- Grazina Frame as Betty Barnard
- Clive Morton as 'X'
- Cyril Luckham as Sir Carmichael Clarke
- Richard Wattis as Wolf
- David Lodge as Sergeant
- Patrick Newell as Cracknell
- Austin Trevor as Judson
- Windsor Davies as Dragbot
- Drewe Henley as Bowling Alley Attendant
- Sheila Reid as Mrs. Fortune
- Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple
- Stringer Davis (Rutherford's husband) as Mr. Stringer.
The part of Poirot had originally been intended for Zero Mostel but the film was delayed because Agatha Christie objected to the script. The film varies significantly from the novel and emphasises comedy, the specialty of director Frank Tashlin. Poirot is given buffoonish characteristics, while still remaining a brilliant detective.
- Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple, another case of Marple and Poirot coexisting in the same story