Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, Margaret Rutherford

In honor of Dame Margaret Rutherford's Birthday (May 11), TCM is showing four movies in which she portrays Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Check your local listing for times.

Murder She Said (1961)
Murder at the Gallop (1963)
Murder Most Foul (1964)
The Alphabet Murder (1965)

Margaret Rutherford Biography from TCM
Gifted, endearing character player, in films since the mid-1930s. A master scene-stealer, Rutherford personified the eccentric English spinster in a number of famous comedies, including David Lean's classic "Blithe Spirit" (1945), as the enthusiastic, bicycle-riding psychic, Madame Arcati. In "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (1950), she teamed beautifully with Alistair Sim for a rollicking secondary school farce. With her plump figure, small and piercing eyes, and bulldog expression, Rutherford could embody a spirit of prim, stiff-upper-lip efficiency or could play a classic, fidgety bungler with equal ease. She made a memorably nervous Miss Prism in a sterling film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's farce, "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). Rutherford is perhaps best known as the indomitable title character in four "Miss Marple" mystery films of the 60s. Most of Rutherford's credits are British, but she won an Academy Award for her hilarious rendition of a daffy duchess down on her luck in the old-fashioned, all-star Hollywood anthology drama, "The V.I.P.s" (1963). This much-loved trouper was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the late 60s shortly before her death.

Hat Tip: Doc Quartermass


E A M Harris said...

This will be a treat for anyone who sees it. I've always liked Rutherford's performances and recall her performances in these films with pleasure.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed watching Margeret Rutherford playing Miss marble in Murder Most Foul and Murder Ahoy on TCM this month. She brought energy and interest to the character and I will be on this look out for her other Miss Marple movies. BG Cox