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Agatha Christie on the Big and Small Screen

Even though Dame Agatha may not have enjoyed adaptations of her mysteries, audiences have been loving them for decades

Murder She Said (1961)

Murder She Said
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Dame Margaret Rutherford, a fixture on the British stage, starred in this adaptation of 4:50 From Paddington, the first Miss Marple book to have such an honor. Rutherford’s dithering detective raised hackles of some purists, but was popular enough to star in three sequels, one of them, Murder Most Foul, based on a Hercule Poirot mystery. Christie famously disapproved of the casting, having her secretary comment that while “Miss Rutherford is a fine actress, she bears no resemblance to her own idea of Miss Marple.” Nevertheless, the author chatted with the actress on the set of Murder at the Gallop, and dedicated her 1962 novel The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side “to Margaret Rutherford in admiration.”

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