Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.


Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"The last time I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She said she was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later the Germans marched into France."
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"The last time I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She said she was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later the Germans marched into France."

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"He’s blind, all right. Those were my funniest faces."
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"He’s blind, all right. Those were my funniest faces."

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"Also I cannot read English. This note was written for me… Signed, Acme Letter Writing Company."
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"Also I cannot read English. This note was written for me… Signed, Acme Letter Writing Company."

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"You still have the best tush in high society."
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"You still have the best tush in high society."

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.


There is something suspicious about that painting. (animated gif)
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

There is something suspicious about that painting. (animated gif)

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester) and her nurse, Miss Withers (Estelle Winwood), parodying Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series.
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester) and her nurse, Miss Withers (Estelle Winwood), parodying Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series.

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Dick “Dicky” Charlston (David Niven) and Dora Charleston (Maggie Smith) parodying characters in Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man series.
Minerva McGonagall in her early days!
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Dick “Dicky” Charlston (David Niven) and Dora Charleston (Maggie Smith) parodying characters in Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man series.

Minerva McGonagall in her early days!

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Lionel Twain (Truman Capote), the host. This is a rare acting gig for Capote.
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Lionel Twain (Truman Capote), the host. This is a rare acting gig for Capote.

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"What meaning of this?"
"I will tell you, Mr. Wang, if you can tell me tell me why a man who possesses one of the most brilliant minds of this century can’t say his prepositions or articles. ‘The,’ Mr. Wang. What is ‘the’ meaning of this?”
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"What meaning of this?"

"I will tell you, Mr. Wang, if you can tell me tell me why a man who possesses one of the most brilliant minds of this century can’t say his prepositions or articles. ‘The,’ Mr. Wang. What is ‘the’ meaning of this?

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Willie Wang (Richard Narita), Wang’s “Number Three Son” and Inspector Sydney Wang (Peter Sellers), parodying Charlie Chan novels and films. While Sellers’s portrayal here would be considered highly racist to modern eyes, he is parodying an even more racist characterization.
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Willie Wang (Richard Narita), Wang’s “Number Three Son” and Inspector Sydney Wang (Peter Sellers), parodying Charlie Chan novels and films. While Sellers’s portrayal here would be considered highly racist to modern eyes, he is parodying an even more racist characterization.

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"That drives me crazy!""Sounds like a short ride to me."
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

"That drives me crazy!"
"Sounds like a short ride to me."

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Yetta (Nancy Walker) as the deaf-mute cook.
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Yetta (Nancy Walker) as the deaf-mute cook.

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Jamesir Bensonmum (Sir Alec Guiness), the blind butler. There’s a lot of British “Who’s on First?” action when he introduces himself.
Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.

Jamesir Bensonmum (Sir Alec Guiness), the blind butler. There’s a lot of British “Who’s on First?” action when he introduces himself.

Murder by Death (1976), written by Neil Simon, directed by Robert Moore and starring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.