Murder by Death

Released on: 23 Jun 1976 • Rated: PG • Runtime: 95 min

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Director: Robert Moore
Writer: Neil Simon
Actors: Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers

Plot: Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

Box Office Gross: N/A

Awards: 2 nominations








Murder By Death is one of my favorite movies of all time! Why, you ask? Because it has a star-studded cast, was written by the incredible Neil Simon, and has some of the corniest jokes delivered by people like Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, and David Niven.

Think Clue, but about 10 years before Clue was released. Several experts in murder investigations are invited to the home of Lionel Twain (Capote) who has invited them to solve his murder, which hasn’t happened yet, but will during dinner. Each guest is greeted by Bensonmum (Guiness), the blind butler, and led to their rooms. Peter Sellers plays Sidney Wang, and there are a ton of hilarious expressions he delivers throughout the film that are similar to “Confucius say…” kinds of quotes, like “Conversation like athlete’s foot. After awhile, very irritating!”

As you can see from the IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores above, this is a film that is loved by many. Check this one out as soon as you can, if you’re a fan of murder mystery comedies, like Clue and Knives Out!

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