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.