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Best of Philly 2008

Phoenixville Arts & Culture

Art & Independent Films
7 nights a week
Classics
Sundays at 2:00pm
Young Audiences
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Fright Night
First Fridays at 9:45pm
Baby Nights
Mondays at 6:30pm
Matinees
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Film Discussions
Wednesdays at 9:30pm

Murder by Death

Directed by Robert Moore. US. 1976. 94 min. Sony. 35mm.

  • Sunday
  • Sun, Nov 25
  • 2:00 pm

For fans of the old-fashioned “whodunnit” mysteries, this Neil Simon-written farce is pure catnip. Famous Hollywood stars of the time portray parodies of such classic detectives as Charlie Chan (Peter Sellers), Sam Spade (Peter Falk), Nick and Nora Charles (David Niven and Maggie Smith), Hercule Poirot (James Coco), and Miss Marple (Elsa Lanchester). These worthies are all invited to the eerie mansion (complete with secret passageways and disappearing rooms) of the mysterious Lionel Twain (played by Truman Capote, in one of his only screen roles), and murder, mystery, and mayhem hilariously prevail. Don’t miss the wonderful physical comedy that takes place between Alec Guinness (as the blind butler) and Nancy Walker (as the deaf-mute maid). Though admittedly politically incorrect, as pulled off by such talented players their timing is truly masterful. (Bill Roth)