Monday, April 27, 2009

Murder! Or is it?

I recently discovered that many of my friends do not know of one of my favorite movies of all time, Murder by Death. So I write this post to introduce them, and all of my loyal readers, to one of the funniest movies of all time.

Murder by Death is a spoof of a handful of classic mystery characters. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple is replaced by Jessica Marbles. Instead of Sam Spade, Peter Falk does a hilarious rendition of Sam Diamond. And my personal favorite, the Thin Man, makes an appearance, or rather his alter ego, Dick Charleston does. Milo Perrier (Hercule Poirot) and Sidney Wang (Charlie Chan) round out the detective offerings. Pitted against them is Truman Capote as Lionel Twain and his blind butler Jamesir Bensonmum, played by Alec Guinness.

The plot is simple, the five detectives are invited to Mr. Twain's house for dinner and a murder. What they don't know is that Mr. Twain is determined to get the best of the detectives. His mechanical contraptions and sometimes plain outrageous schemes keep them guessing. The detectives further complicate the situation with their own idiosyncrasies.

One of my favorite things about this movie is how many quotes it has, which persist far beyond the movie itself. Geek husband just has to say "Shh shh, cow talk again." and I get the giggles. If I every meet someone named Jamesir in real life, I probably will not be able to contain myself! Imagine introducing yourself as Jamesir, to someone who you're addressing as sir, and you'll get the picture. I could list a dozen more, but I don't want to spoil it for you :)

Join us at 22 Twain's house, for dinner... and a murder!

1 Comment:

Dennis G. Jerz said...

It's been a while since I've seen that movie, but thanks for reminding me about it. It was in the rotation of movies that I recall watching on TV when I was a kid.

Don't forget to credit the author, Neil Simon, who also created The Odd Couple (the basis for the TV show), and The Sunshine Boys (which marked George Burns's return to Hollywood, years after his wife Gracie's death).pu