. However, Twain eventually announces his rationale for the gathering: that one of the people at the dinner table will be murdered before midnight, and that Twain will consider himself the greatest detective if his guests, who are now trapped in the house until dawn, cannot figure out who committed the murder, that person also at the dinner table. Wealthy Lionel Twain Capote, in his film debut , invites the world's greatest detectives to his eerie castle-like home. Before long, a problem arises: The butler is found dead, and it's long before midnight. Suddenly, Lionel Twain appears and lets the private eyes in on his plan: Exactly at midnight, a murder is going to take place. The five private eyes and their companionships are in the dining room, wondering what everything is about.
Those detectives are: amateur sleuths and New York socialites Dick and Dora Charleston, accompanied by their pet terrier, Myron; Belgian detective Monsieur Milo Perrier, accompanied by his chauffeur, Marcel; Shanghainese Inspector Sidney Wang, accompanied by his Japanese adopted son, Willie Wang; frumpish Brit Miss Jessica Marbles, accompanied by her invalid nurse, Miss Withers; and San Francisco gumshoe Sam Diamond, accompanied by his femme fatale sidekick, Tess Skeffington. The dinner part of the invitation runs into problems due to the non-communication between Twain's blind butler, Jamesir Bensonmum, and Twain's new deaf-mute and non-Anglophone cook, Yetta. Among the notables: Inspector Sidney Wang Peter Sellers, A Shot in the Dark, Lolita, Dr. Murder by Death is a 1976 comedy thriller released by Columbia Pictures boasting a who's who of the day's hottest stars and filmed from an Academy Award nominated screenplay by prolific playwright Neil Simon. Also starring Eileen Brennan The Sting. They are welcomed by Jamesir Bemsonmam, the blind butler. These counterparts to Miss Marple, Nick and Nora Charles, Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, and Charlie Chan, tumble.
Each has no idea until their arrival at Two Two Twain who else will be in attendance. At nine, a dinner is supposed to be served. So the guests anxiously await the stroke of midnight, with those still alive after that time trying to figure out both motive and the opportunity to murder before the rise of dawn and before the murderer has the opportunity to strike again on one or all of them. So, Sidney Wang from China, Dick Charleston from New York City, Jessica Marbles from England, Milo Perrier from Belgium, and Sam Diamond from San Francisco arrive at the remote castle. The plot is a broad parody or spoof of the traditional country-house whodunit, familiar to mystery fiction fans of classics such as Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
Millionnaire Lionel Twain invites the five most brilliant private eyes to a dinner, and a murder. Having lured his guests to his mansion managed by a blind butler named Jamessir Bensonmum, who is later joined by a deaf-mute cook named Yetta, Twain announces that it is in fact he who is the greatest detective in the world. The cast is an ensemble of British and American actors playing send-ups of well-known fictional sleuths, including Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles, and Sam Spade. Strangelove , who might easily be mistaken for Charley Chan; Dick and Dora Charleston David Niven and Maggie Smith, Hook , dead ringers for Nick and Nora Charles of the Thin Man series; Miss Marbles Elsa Lanchester, The Bride of Frankenstein and Milo Perrier James Coco , who slightly resemble the Agatha Christie creations Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot; and Sam Diamond, played by Peter Falk Columbo, The Princess Bride as only he, or Humphrey Bogart, can. Will the five most brilliant minds of our time be able to see through the elaborate set-up staged by a criminal mastermind? The house is then electronically sealed off; doors, windows, etc. This spoof of the great fictional-film detectives offers consistently funny scenes sparked by Falk, Niven, Sellers, and Guinness. He offers one million dollars to the one who can solve the murder.
On the murder side, the guests initially believe Twain will try to kill each of them. At the manor of the eccentric, wheelchair-bound Lionel Twain Truman Capote , six of the world's greatest detectives are assembled at Twain's invitation to solve a murder that hasn't taken place yet. It also features a rare acting performance by In Cold Blood author Truman Capote. . . . .
. . . . .
. . . . . .
. . . . . .