Silver Screen gets silly and nonsensical in "Murder, He Says" |

Silver Screen gets silly and nonsensical in "Murder, He Says"

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday with the comedy “Murder, He Says,” from 1945. Pollster Fred MacMurray, befuddled, bothered, and bewildered, battles a family of homicidal hillbillies, a bloodthirsty bunch hunting for $70 grand a cousin has stashed somewhere on the homestead. If only he can avoid Marjorie Main’s whip!

In this nutty, fast-moving farce of a comedy, MacMurray’s Pete Marshall is just doing his job – looking for a missing coworker. But this plain, ordinary guy more than meets his match when he gets in the way of the Fleagle clan, all of whom become convinced that he knows where their cousin has hidden money from a recent bank heist.

Marjorie Main figures she’ll get more of the money, when it’s finally found, if she bumps off a couple of family members with radioactive gravy that glows in the dark. Grandma shares a clue in the form of a nonsense rhyme. The halfwitted twin sons just want to stay on Main’s good side, but that’s tough to do in this “classic of slapstick craziness” (Pauline Kael).

The next scheduled movie is “Pat and Mike,” with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, on May 1.

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