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Warner Archive showcases Agatha Christie classics

Margaret Rutherford stars as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie mysteries on Warner Archive Instant.
Margaret Rutherford stars as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie mysteries on Warner Archive Instant.
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Warner Archive Instant currently has a collection of Agatha Christie films available for streaming, including four starring fan favorite Margaret Rutherford as amateur sleuth Miss Marple. Eleven Agatha Christie adaptations are included in the current streaming catalog, which means that classic mystery devotees can spend July enjoying a personal film festival of murder most English.

The Rutherford pictures include "Murder, She Said" (1962), "Murder at the Gallop" (1963), "Murder Ahoy" (1964), and "Murder Most Foul" (1965). "Murder, She Said" offers Rutherford's first appearance as the dowdy detective. A colorful English character actress, Rutherford is also remembered today for her roles in "Blithe Spirit" (1945), "Miranda" (1948), and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). In "A Caribbean Mystery" (1983) and "Murder with Mirrors" (1985), Helen Hayes tackles the Miss Marple character, with Bette Davis and John Mills in supporting roles in the second film. Other actresses who have played Miss Marple on screen include Angela Lansbury, Joan Hickson, and Julia McKenzie, so Christie fans can compare and contrast their favorite incarnations of the character with the Rutherford and Hayes interpretations.

Peter Ustinov plays iconic Christie detective Hercule Poirot in "Thirteen at Dinner" (1985), "Dead Man's Folly" (1986), and "Murder in Three Acts" (1986). Sadly, Ustinov's other Poirot performances, "Death on the Nile" (1978), "Evil Under the Sun" (1982), and "Appointment with Death" (1988), are not available in the streaming catalog. Also in the Christie showcase are "Murder is Easy" (1982) and "The Man in the Brown Suit" (1989).

Warner Archive Instant has even more mysteries for genre fans who tire of polite English murders. Andy Griffith stars in "The Girl in the Empty Grave" (1977) and "Deadly Game" (1977), while Joan Blondell stars in "Miss Pinkerton" (1932). Other showcase collections currently available include Errol Flynn movies and a celebration of remarkable women.

The streaming catalog on Warner Archive Instant changes frequently, so visit the official website for more information about the current selections. A one month free trial of the subscription service is available to new members. Warner Archive also produces on-demand DVDs and Blu-rays of rare and hard-to-find classic movies.