MURDER, SHE SAID (1961) B/W widescreen 86m dir: George Pollock
w/Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Hickson, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson-Justice, Charles Tingwell, Thorley Walters
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "According to the screenplay, from an adaptation by David Osborn of the Agatha Christie novel, 4:50 from Paddington, Margaret Rutherford witnesses a murder transpiring in the compartment of a passing train. Since the police do not believe her story, and being an avid reader of mystery fiction, she takes it upon herself to solve the case, planting herself as a maid within the household of the chief suspects.
"The George H. Brown production is weak in the motivation area, and there's a sticky and unnecessary parting shot in which Rutherford nixes an absurd marriage proposal from the stingy, irascible patriarch of the house (James Robertson Justice), but otherwise matters purr along at a pleasant clip."
Rutherford also appears as the elderly sleuth Miss Jane Marple in the subsequent films in the series: MURDER AT THE GALLOP and MURDER AHOY and MURDER MOST FOUL.