murder by death
the year: 1976
the genre: comedy
the cast: Eileen Brennan (Tess Skeffington); Truman Capote (Lionel Twain); James Coco (Milo Perrier); Peter Falk (Sam Diamond); Alec Guinness (Bensonmum); Elsa Lanchester (Jessica Marbles); David Niven (Dick Charleston); Peter Sellers (Sidney Wang); Maggie Smith (Dora Charleston); Nancy Walker (the Maid); Estelle Winwood (Nurse Withers); James Cromwell (Marcel); Richard Narita (Willie Wang)
the plot: Millionnaire Lionel Twain invites the five most brilliant private eyes to a dinner - and a murder. Exactly at midnight, a murder is set to take place, and Mr. Twain offers a million dollars to the one who can solve the murder. Will the most brilliant minds of our time be able to see through the elaborate set-up staged by a criminal mastermind?
listen for: "Oh, there. Voice come from cow on wall..." "Moose! MOOSE, you imbecile!"
did you know: the screaming doorbell uses Fay Wray's screams from King Kong.
extra bonus points: if you can name all the "real" fictional detectives that this movie spoofs.
don't miss: two of my favorite scenes here.
also listen for: "I don't hear nothin'. What do you hear?" "Double negative, and dog."