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Murder by Death is a 1976 satire/Black comedy of how five of the world greatest fictional detectives are invited to a spooky mansion by egomanic millionaire Lionel Twain to solve a murder ...his own...


CastEdit

  • Yetta the mute and deaf maid/fake butler Bensommun/ Fake Lionel Twain....Nancy Walker {Yetta is variation of Yenta is a nickname for an overtalkitive female gossip busybody}

Supporting cast:

TrivaEdit

  • As the fictional detectives leave the weird mansion...they meet Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson coming to the mansion. According to a Wikipedia an early draft of the script would have had Holmes and Watson "solving the case"!
  • Charles Adams who drew the cartoon which was the basis for The Addams family drew the drawings at the beginning, the end and the movie poster.
  • Eileen Brennan also starred in the 1985 black comedy mystery Clue which featured three alternative endings based on the popular board game of six guests in a spook mansion and a mysterious murder-which also would have been a little more funnier if the plot had been based more on the board game..and not relired on so many long drawn out jokes and double entres....

SpoiledEdit

Despite some funny performances-Guinness as the blind butler; Niven as the product of good breading and Coco as the fastious food loving Perrier {he dreads having to eat "Franks and beans"} joke are only so good provided they are not so drawn out again and again...Estelle Winwood would have been better as Miss Marbles/Maples which Lanchester was quite miscast. LIkewise Peter Falk would have been better as a spoof of Columbo instead of imitating Humphrey Bogart and Peter Sellers would have been better as a spoof of Inspector Clouseau instead of imiating Warner Orland. Likewise the more inclusion of Holmes and Watson {the only ones not parodied} could have provided a more satisfactory ending...

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