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Murder, He Says (23-Jun-1945)

Director: George E. Marshall

Writers: Lou Breslow; Jack Moffitt

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Treasure Hunt

Fred MacMurray is a pollster looking for a disappeared colleague, last known whereabouts headed towards the Fleagle residence. He doesn't find the missing pollster but is drawn into a hillbilly battle over $70,000 loot buried somewhere, fruit of a old robbery. G randma knows where it is, but she hasn't been talking. Very funny dark slapstick, with MacMurray in a role originally intended for Bob Hope.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Porter Hall
19-Sep-1888 6-Oct-1953 Going My Way
Fred MacMurray
30-Aug-1908 6-Nov-1991 The Absent-Minded Professor
Marjorie Main
24-Feb-1890 10-Apr-1975 Ma and Pa Kettle
Helen Walker
17-Jul-1920 10-Mar-1968 Call Northside 777


Fred MacMurray   ...   Pete Marshall
Helen Walker   ...   Claire Matthews
Marjorie Main   ...   Mamie Johnson
Jean Heather   ...   Elany Fleagle
Porter Hall   ...   Mr. Johnson
Peter Whitney   ...   Mert Fleagle
Mabel Paige   ...   Grandma Fleagle
Barbara Pepper   ...   Bonnie Fleagle


Review by anonymous (posted on 20-Apr-2005)

This movie is a real hoot! If all you know of Fred MacMurray is My Three Sons, or at least Double Indemnity, get ready to "laff yer ass" off. The basement scene where Fred is mistaken for one of the dim-witted twins is priceless, and you'll be humming "Honors Flysiss" all evening (and will be reminded whenever you listen to the opening theme to All Things Considered on NPR). Great cast, too, with Marjorie Main, Porter Hall and Helen Walker (pre Nightmare Alley). My mother turned me on to this movie maybe 35 years ago, and I'm forever grateful.

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