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The Alphabet Murders

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The Alphabet Murders

This article is about the film. For the poem, see John Tranter. For the 1970s serial killings in Rochester, NY, see Alphabet murders.
The Alphabet Murders
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Written by David Pursall (screenplay)
Jack Seddon (screenplay)
Agatha Christie (novel)
Starring Tony Randall
Anita Ekberg
Robert Morley
Music by Ron Goodwin
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)Template:Plainlist
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Alphabet Murders is a 1965 British detective film based on the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, starring Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot.

The part of Poirot had originally been intended for Zero Mostel but the film was delayed because Agatha Christie objected to the script. The film varies significantly from the novel and emphasises comedy, the specialty of director Frank Tashlin. Poirot is made into a buffoon rather than a brilliant detective.


Albert Aachen is found dead, the murder weapon a poison dart. When a woman named Betty Barnard becomes the next victim, detective Hercule Poirot suspects that Sir Carmichael Clarke could be in grave danger.

As he and Captain Hastings look into the crimes, a beautiful woman with an interesting monogram named Amanda Beatrice Cross becomes the focus of their investigation, at least until she leaps into the Thames.


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