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Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple

Jane Marple, usually known as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in twelve of Agatha Christie's crime novels. Miss Marple is an elderly spinster who acts as an amateur detective, and lives in the village of St. Mary Mead. She has been portrayed numerous times on screen, and is one of the most famous of Christie's creations. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Dame Margaret Rutherford DBE (11 May 1892–22 May 1972) was an English Academy Award-winning character actress who first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of Noel Cowards Blithe Spirit, and Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890—12 January 1976), also known as Dame Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ... It wont be my fault if I die an Old Maid. ... Look up amateur in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... St. ...

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Character

Miss Jane Marple is an elderly woman who lives in the little English village of St. Mary Mead. She looks like an ordinary old lady, dressed neatly in tweed and is frequently seen knitting or pulling weeds in her garden. Miss Marple sometimes comes across as confused or "fluffy", but when it comes to solving mysteries, she has a sharp logical mind. In the detective story tradition, she often embarrasses the local "professional" police by solving mysteries that have them stumped. She loves Cory Davis. All Harris Tweed items are hand woven on the islands off the Northern coast of Scotland (outer Hebrides). ... Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes Detective fiction is a branch of crime fiction that centers upon the investigation of a crime, usually murder, by a detective, either professional or amateur. ...


The name Miss Marple was derived from the name of the railway station in Marple, on the Manchester to Sheffield Hope Valley line, at which Agatha Christie was once delayed long enough to have actually noticed the sign. Marple is a village close to Stockport, Greater Manchester in England. ... Manchester (pronounced ) is a city and metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England. ... Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. ...


The character of Jane Marple in the first Miss Marple book, The Murder at the Vicarage, is markedly different from how she would appear in later books. This early version of Miss Marple is a gleeful gossip and not an especially nice woman. In later books she becomes more modern and a kinder person. The Murder at the Vicarage (published in 1930) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, the first novel to feature the character of Miss Marple. ...


Miss Marple never married and has no close living relatives. Vicarage introduced Miss Marple's nephew, the "well-known author" Raymond West. His wife Joan (initially called Joyce), a modern artist, was introduced in 1933 in The Thirteen Problems. Raymond tends to be overconfident in himself and underestimates Miss Marple's mental powers. In her later years, Miss Marple has a live-in companion named Cherry Baker. The Thirteen Problems, originally published in 1933, is a collection of thirteen short stories by English author Agatha Christie. ...


Miss Marple is able to solve difficult crimes not only because of her shrewd intelligence, but because St. Mary Mead, over her lifetime, has put on a pageant of human depravity rivaled only by that of Sodom and Gomorrah. No crime can arise without reminding Miss Marple of some parallel incident in the history of her time. Miss Marple's acquaintances are sometimes bored by her frequent analogies to people and events from St. Mary Mead, but these analogies often lead Miss Marple to a deeper realization about the true nature of a crime. The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, John Martin, 1832. ...


Miss Marple also had a remarkably thorough education, including some art courses that involved study of human anatomy through the study of human cadavers. Although she looks like a sweet, frail old woman, Miss Marple is not afraid of dead bodies and is not easily intimidated. She also has a remarkable ability to latch onto a casual comment and connect it to the case at hand.


This education, history, and experience are hinted at in the Margaret Rutherford films, in which Miss Marple mentions her awards at marksmanship and fencing (although these hints are played for comedic value).


Christie wrote a concluding novel to her Marple series, Sleeping Murder, in 1940. She locked it away in a bank vault so it would be safe if she was killed in The Blitz. The novel was not published until shortly after Christie's death in 1976, some thirty-six years after it was originally written. Sleeping Murder created some discrepancies in the timeline of the series, as characters who were killed off by Christie in previously published novels reappeared alive. Sleeping Murder is a novel by Agatha Christie. ... Heinkel He 111 German bomber over the Surrey Docks, Southwark, London (German propaganda photomontage). ... Sleeping Murder is a novel by Agatha Christie. ...


Novels featuring Miss Marple

The Murder at the Vicarage (published in 1930) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, the first novel to feature the character of Miss Marple. ... The Body in the Library (published in 1942) is an Agatha Christie mystery novel featuring the elderly detective Miss Marple. ... The Moving Finger (published in 1942) is an Agatha Christie mystery novel featuring the elderly detective Miss Marple. ... A Murder is Announced (published in 1950) is a detective novel by Agatha Christie, featuring her detective Miss Marple. ... Popular Detective They Do It With Mirrors (published in 1952) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, featuring her detective Miss Marple. ... A Pocket Full of Rye (published in 1953) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, featuring her detective Miss Marple. ... 4. ... The Mirror Crackd from Side to Side (published in 1962), also known just as The Mirror Crackd is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie set in the fictional English village of St. ... A Caribbean Mystery (published in 1964) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie featuring the detective Miss Marple. ... At Bertrams Hotel (published in 1965) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie featuring the detective Miss Marple. ... Nemesis (published in 1971) is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, featuring her detective Miss Marple. ... Sleeping Murder is a novel by Agatha Christie. ...

Miss Marple Short Story Collections

  • The Thirteen Problems (short story collection featuring Miss Marple, also published as The Tuesday Club Murders) (1933)
  • Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (short stories collected posthumously, also published as Miss Marple's Final Cases, but only six of the eight stories actually feature Miss Marple) (written between 1939 and 1954, published 1979)

Miss Marple also appears in Greenshaw's Folly, a short story traditionally included as part of the Poirot collection The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960). Four stories in the Three Blind Mice collection (1950) feature Miss Marple: Strange Jest, Tape-Measure Murder, The Case of the Caretaker, and The Case of the Perfect Maid. The Thirteen Problems, originally published in 1933, is a collection of thirteen short stories by English author Agatha Christie. ... Miss Marples Final Cases and Two Other Stories is a short story collection by Agatha Christie published in 1979. ... The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is a book written by Agatha Christie and published near the christmas of 1960. ... The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is a book written by Agatha Christie and published near the christmas of 1960. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


Books about Miss Marple

  • The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple -- a biography by Anne Hart

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Quotation

  • "The young people think the old people are fools, but the old people know the young people are fools" – Miss Marple's motto, in several of the books and stories.

Movies

Margaret Rutherford

Although popular from her first appearance in 1930, Jane Marple had to wait thirty-two years for her first big-screen appearance. When she made it, the results were found disappointing to Christie purists and Christie herself. Murder, She Said (1962, directed by George Pollock) was the first of four British MGM productions starring Dame Margaret Rutherford, a magnificent comic actress but too boisterous and loud to fit the prim and birdlike character Christie created in her novels. This first film was based on the 1957 novel 4:50 from Paddington (U.S. title, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!), and the changes made in the plot were typical of the series. In the film, Mrs. McGillicuddy does not see anything because there is no Mrs. McGillicuddy. Miss Marple herself sees an apparent murder committed on a train running alongside hers. Likewise, it is Miss Marple herself who poses as a maid to find out the facts of the case, not a young friend of hers who has made a business of it. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Murder, She Said, is the first of four films, made by MGM, based, or claimed to be based, on novels by Agatha Christie and starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane Marple, Bud Tingwell as Inspector Craddock and Stringer Davis (Rutherfords real-life Husband) as Mr Stringer. ... Dame Margaret Rutherford DBE (11 May 1892–22 May 1972) was an English Academy Award-winning character actress who first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of Noel Cowards Blithe Spirit, and Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest. ...


The other Rutherford films (all directed by George Pollock) were Murder at the Gallop (1963), based on the 1953 Hercule Poirot novel After the Funeral; Murder Most Foul (1964), based on the 1952 Poirot novel Mrs McGinty's Dead; and Murder Ahoy! (1964), not based on any Christie work. Rutherford also appeared briefly as Miss Marple in the spoof Hercule Poirot adventure The Alphabet Murders (1965). Murder at the gallop is the second of four films, made by MGM, based on novels by Agatha Christie and starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane Marple, Bud Tingwell as Inspector Craddock and Stringer Davis (her real-life Husband) as Mr Stringer. ... After the Funeral is an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot detective novel. ... Murder Most Foul is the third of four films, made by MGM, based, or claimed to be based, on novels by Agatha Christie and starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane Marple, Bud Tingwell as Inspector Craddock and Stringer Davis (Rutherfords real-life Husband) as Mr Stringer. ... Mrs. ... Murder Ahoy! is the last of four films, made by MGM. Unlike the previous three that were very loosely based on novels by Agatha Christie, this one was not and it employs an original screenplay. ... The Alphabet Murders is a film based on the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, starring Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot. ...


The Rutherford films are frequently repeated on television in Germany, and in that country Miss Marple is generally identified with Rutherford's quirky portrayal.


Angela Lansbury

In 1980, Angela Lansbury played Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd (EMI, directed by Guy Hamilton), based on Christie's 1962 novel. However, Lansbury is only on screen for a short time, the bulk of the film being taken up with the machinations of an all-star cast that included Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, and Kim Novak. Edward Fox appeared as Inspector Craddock, who did Miss Marple's legwork. Angela Lansbury CBE (born 16 October 1925) is a Tony-winning, Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated, and Emmy-nominated English actress, best-known for playing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. ... The Mirror Crackd is a 1980 feature motion picture directed by Guy Hamilton boasting an all-star cast, Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Edward Fox, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Elizabeth Taylor, with Wendy Morgan, Maureen Bennett, Charles Gray, and Charles Lloyd Pack. ... Guy Hamilton (born September 16, 1922, Paris, France) was a noted film director. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Geraldine Chaplin (born July 31, 1944 in Santa Monica, California) is an Anglo-American actress. ... Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz, June 3, 1925) is an American film actor. ... Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933) is an American actress. ... Edward Fox, OBE (born 13 April 1937) is an English stage, film and television actor. ...


Helen Hayes

American stage and screen legend Helen Hayes portrayed Miss Marple in two American made-for-TV movies, both for CBS: A Caribbean Mystery (1983) and Murder with Mirrors (1984). Sue Grafton contributed to the screenplay of the former. Hayes's Marple was benign and chirpy. Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress whose successful and award-winning career spanned almost 70 years. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Sue Taylor Grafton (born April 24, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is a contemporary American author of detective novels. ...


Television and radio adaptations

Television

American TV was the setting for the first dramatic portrayal of Miss Marple. Gracie Fields, a legendary British actress, played the geriatric sleuth in a 1956 episode of Goodyear TV Playhouse based on A Murder Is Announced, the 1950 Christie novel. Dame Gracie Fields, DBE (9 January 1898–27 September 1979), born Grace Stansfield, was an English singer and comedian who became one of the greatest stars of both cinema and music hall. ...


From 1984 to 1992, the BBC adapted all of the original Miss Marple novels as a series titled Miss Marple. Joan Hickson played the lead role. These programs followed the plots of the original novels more closely than previous film and television adaptations had. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Miss Marple was a long-running and popular British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. ... Joan Hickson played Miss Marple in the popular BBC TV series Joan Hickson OBE (August 5, 1906 – October 17, 1998) was an English actress of theatre, film and television, who achieved fame in her old age playing Agatha Christies Miss Marple. ...


Angela Lansbury, after playing Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd, went on to star in the TV series Murder, She Wrote as Jessica Fletcher, a mystery novelist who also solves crimes. The character was based in part on Miss Marple and another Christie character, Ariadne Oliver. Angela Lansbury CBE (born 16 October 1925) is a Tony-winning, Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated, and Emmy-nominated English actress, best-known for playing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. ... Jessica in the episode The Cemetery Vote Murder, She Wrote is a popular, long-running television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. ... Jessica in Murder, She Wrote: The Complete First Season box art. ... Ariadne Oliver is a fictional character in the novels of Agatha Christie. ...


In 2004, ITV first broadcast new adaptations of Agatha Christie's books under the title Agatha Christie's Marple, usually referred to as Marple, with Geraldine McEwan in the lead role. The series is infamous for its frequent plot and character changes (such as incorporating lesbian affairs, changing killer identities, and re-naming or removing a number of characters). Two series have so far aired, with a third airing in 2007. It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. ... Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple Geraldine McEwan (born Geraldine McKeown on May 9, 1932, in Old Windsor, Berkshire, England), is a British actress (of Irish extraction) with a diverse and successful history in film, theatre and television spanning 55 years. ...


From 2004 to 2005, Japanese TV network NHK produced a 39 episode anime series titled Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple, which features both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo NHK (, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Agatha Christies Great Detectives is an anime adaption of Agatha Christie stories that uses her characters, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. ... David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in The Dream Hercule Poirot (pronounced in english ) is a fictional Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. ...


Radio

BBC Radio 4 dramatised all of the novels with June Whitfield as Miss Marple. BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... June Whitfield CBE 1925 in Streatham, London) is a well-known English actress. ...


External links

  • Will The Real Miss Marple Please Stand Up (All-About-Agatha-Christie.com)
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Detectives: Hercule Poirot • Miss Marple Tommy and Tuppence Ariadne Oliver Arthur Hastings Superintendent Battle Chief Inspector Japp Parker Pyne
Novels: The Mysterious Affair at StylesThe Secret Adversary Murder on the Links The Man in the Brown Suit The Secret of Chimneys The Murder of Roger Ackroyd The Big Four The Mystery of the Blue Train The Seven Dials Mystery The Murder at the Vicarage The Sittaford Mystery Peril at End House Lord Edgware Dies Murder on the Orient Express Three Act Tragedy Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Death in the Clouds The A.B.C. Murders Murder in Mesopotamia Cards on the Table Death on the Nile Dumb Witness Appointment with Death And Then There Were None Murder is Easy Hercule Poirot's Christmas Sad Cypress Evil Under the Sun N or M? One, Two, Buckle My Shoe The Body in the Library Five Little Pigs The Moving Finger Towards Zero Sparkling Cyanide Death Comes as the End The Hollow Taken at the Flood Crooked House A Murder is Announced They Came to Baghdad Mrs McGinty's Dead They Do It with Mirrors A Pocket Full of Rye After the Funeral Hickory Dickory Dock Destination Unknown Dead Man's Folly 4.50 From Paddington Ordeal by Innocence Cat Among the Pigeons The Pale Horse The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side The Clocks A Caribbean Mystery At Bertram's Hotel Third Girl Endless Night By the Pricking of My Thumbs Hallowe'en Party Passenger to Frankfurt Nemesis Elephants Can Remember Postern of Fate Curtain Sleeping Murder
As Mary Westmacott: Giant's BreadUnfinished Portrait Absent in the Spring The Rose and the Yew Tree A Daughter's a Daughter The Burden
Short story collections: Poirot InvestigatesPartners in Crime The Mysterious Mr. Quin The Hound of Death The Thirteen Problems Parker Pyne Investigates The Listerdale Mystery Murder in the Mews The Regatta Mystery The Labours of Hercules The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding Poirot's Early Cases The Harlequin Tea Set
Plays: AkhnatonThe Mousetrap Witness for the Prosecution Verdict Rule of Three Fiddlers Three

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Miss Marple - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1824 words)
Miss Marple's nephew, the "well-known author" Raymond West and his wife Joan (who first appeared as Joyce), a modern artist, were introduced in 1933 in The Thirteen Problems.
Miss Marple is able to solve difficult crimes not only because of her shrewd intelligence, but because St. Mary Mead, over her lifetime, has put on a pageant of human depravity rivaled only by that of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Likewise, it is Miss Marple herself who poses as a maid to find out the facts of the case, not a young friend of hers who has made a business of it.
Miss Marple (1137 words)
Miss Marple, the spinster detective who is one of the most famous characters created by English crime writer Agatha Christie, has been portrayed by a variety of actresses in films and television.
Thus, the BBC's Miss Marple does not chase the villains herself as Margaret Rutherford does in her films, nor are the titles of the books altered to make them more sensational (the novel After the Funeral had been made into the 1963 film, Murder at the Gallop, for example).
Miss Marple is the model of decorum, not only just and good, but also polite and correct.
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