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* WTHCastingAgency: Truman Capote was not an actor and it shows. His performance is often criticized as being far too over-the-top even for a silly comedy such as this.


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* ShallowParody: The way Literature/MissMarple and Literature/HerculePoirot are parodied has completely nothing to do with these characters. Miss Marple was prone to long-winding stories about her home village and was a mild-mannered sweet old lady. Poirot was very composed and precise and, most of all, very polite to everyone he met, he wouldn't ''dream'' of screaming at people. The characters in the film are pretty much their opposites, which would work. (Sam Diamond is played like a cowardly closeted gay, unlike Sam Spade.) The film also arguably misses the point of [[Film/TheThinMan Nick Charles]]. Dick Charleston is portrayed as "enormously well bred" and sophisticated. Nick's ''wife'' was classy, but Nick himself was a streetwise New York flatfoot, and one of the series' [[RunningGag Running Gags]] was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite.

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* ShallowParody: The way Literature/MissMarple and Literature/HerculePoirot are parodied has completely nothing to do with these characters. Miss Marple was prone to long-winding stories about her home village and was a mild-mannered sweet old lady. Poirot was very composed and precise and, most of all, very polite to everyone he met, he wouldn't ''dream'' of screaming at people. The characters in the film are pretty much their opposites, which would work. (Sam Diamond is played like a cowardly closeted gay, unlike Sam Spade.) The film also arguably misses the point of [[Film/TheThinMan Nick Charles]]. Dick Charleston is portrayed as "enormously well bred" and sophisticated. Nick's ''wife'' was classy, but Nick himself was a streetwise New York flatfoot, and one of the series' [[RunningGag Running Gags]] was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite.


** FridgeBrilliance -- the most scathing parodies in the movie are set less on the novels than popular conceptions from their movie adaptations. Sam Diamond's, for instance, also includes a series of unsubtle [[TakeThat Take Thats]] directed at Creator/HumphreyBogart and gumshoe detectives in general, rather than Sam Spade in specific, due to the general perception that Bogart was typecast. Despite Bogart looking nothing like the literary character of Spade, and only ever playing the character in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', Bogart's popularly considered the definitive version. Similarly, Diamond's comment that he only has the one jacket is a reference to the perceived LimitedWardrobe of Bogart's detectives, who tended to wear tuxes, cheap suits, and raincoats.


* ShallowParody: The way Literature/MissMarple and Literature/HerculePoirot are parodied has completely nothing to do with these characters. Miss Marple was prone to long-winding stories about her home village and was a mild-mannered sweet old lady. Poirot was very composed and precise and, most of all, very polite to everyone he met, he wouldn't ''dream'' of screaming at people. The characters in the film are pretty much their opposites, which would work, but none of the others are portrayed that way. The film also arguably misses the point of [[Film/TheThinMan Nick Charles]]. Dick Charleston is portrayed as "enormously well bred" and sophisticated. Nick's ''wife'' was classy, but Nick himself was a streetwise New York flatfoot, and one of the series' [[RunningGag Running Gags]] was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite.

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* ShallowParody: The way Literature/MissMarple and Literature/HerculePoirot are parodied has completely nothing to do with these characters. Miss Marple was prone to long-winding stories about her home village and was a mild-mannered sweet old lady. Poirot was very composed and precise and, most of all, very polite to everyone he met, he wouldn't ''dream'' of screaming at people. The characters in the film are pretty much their opposites, which would work, but none of the others are portrayed that way. work. (Sam Diamond is played like a cowardly closeted gay, unlike Sam Spade.) The film also arguably misses the point of [[Film/TheThinMan Nick Charles]]. Dick Charleston is portrayed as "enormously well bred" and sophisticated. Nick's ''wife'' was classy, but Nick himself was a streetwise New York flatfoot, and one of the series' [[RunningGag Running Gags]] was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite.


* ShockingSwerve: Played for laughs.
* SpiritualSequel:
** ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', also written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore and also featuring Peter Falk and Eileen Brennan in the cast, which spoofs FilmNoir and was released two years later.
** There was also a MadeForTVMovie called ''Murder Can Hurt You'', which spoofs TV detectives like Series/{{Kojak}}, Series/{{McCloud}}, and Series/{{Columbo}}. (Though, alas, Peter Falk doesn't appear in that one.)
** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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* ShockingSwerve: Played for laughs.
* SpiritualSequel:
** ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', also written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore and also featuring Peter Falk and Eileen Brennan in the cast, which spoofs FilmNoir and was released two years later.
** There was also a MadeForTVMovie called ''Murder Can Hurt You'', which spoofs TV detectives like Series/{{Kojak}}, Series/{{McCloud}}, and Series/{{Columbo}}. (Though, alas, Peter Falk doesn't appear in that one.)
** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.
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* ShallowParody: The way Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are parodied has completely nothing to do with these characters. Miss Marple was prone to long-winding stories about her home village and was a mild-mannered sweet old lady. Poirot was very composed and precise and, most of all, very polite to everyone he met, he wouldn't ''dream'' of screaming at people. The characters in the film are pretty much their opposites, which would work, but none of the others are portrayed that way. The film also arguably misses the point of [[Film/TheThinMan Nick Charles]]. Dick Charleston is portrayed as "enormously well bred" and sophisticated. Nick's ''wife'' was classy, but Nick himself was a streetwise New York flatfoot, and one of the series' [[RunningGag Running Gags]] was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite.
** It wouldn't be too hard to assume William Powell's Nick was posh, given his snappy banter with Myrna Loy and penchant for really nice suits.

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* ShallowParody: The way Miss Marple Literature/MissMarple and Hercule Poirot Literature/HerculePoirot are parodied has completely nothing to do with these characters. Miss Marple was prone to long-winding stories about her home village and was a mild-mannered sweet old lady. Poirot was very composed and precise and, most of all, very polite to everyone he met, he wouldn't ''dream'' of screaming at people. The characters in the film are pretty much their opposites, which would work, but none of the others are portrayed that way. The film also arguably misses the point of [[Film/TheThinMan Nick Charles]]. Dick Charleston is portrayed as "enormously well bred" and sophisticated. Nick's ''wife'' was classy, but Nick himself was a streetwise New York flatfoot, and one of the series' [[RunningGag Running Gags]] was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite.
** It wouldn't be too hard to assume William Powell's Creator/WilliamPowell's Nick was posh, given his snappy banter with Myrna Loy Creator/MyrnaLoy and penchant for really nice suits.



** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.
* StuntCasting: Novelist Truman Capote as Twain.

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** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.
* StuntCasting: Novelist Truman Capote as Twain.
Brennan.


** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.Brennan.
* StuntCasting: Novelist Truman Capote as Twain.


** FridgeBrilliance -- the most scathing parodies in the movie are set less on the novels than popular conceptions from their movie adaptations. Sam Diamond's, for instance, also includes a series of unsubtle [[TakeThat Take Thats]] directed at HumphreyBogart and gumshoe detectives in general, rather than Sam Spade in specific, due to the general perception that Bogart was typecast. Despite Bogart looking nothing like the literary character of Spade, and only ever playing the character in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', Bogart's popularly considered the definitive version. Similarly, Diamond's comment that he only has the one jacket is a reference to the perceived LimitedWardrobe of Bogart's detectives, who tended to wear tuxes, cheap suits, and raincoats.

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** FridgeBrilliance -- the most scathing parodies in the movie are set less on the novels than popular conceptions from their movie adaptations. Sam Diamond's, for instance, also includes a series of unsubtle [[TakeThat Take Thats]] directed at HumphreyBogart Creator/HumphreyBogart and gumshoe detectives in general, rather than Sam Spade in specific, due to the general perception that Bogart was typecast. Despite Bogart looking nothing like the literary character of Spade, and only ever playing the character in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', Bogart's popularly considered the definitive version. Similarly, Diamond's comment that he only has the one jacket is a reference to the perceived LimitedWardrobe of Bogart's detectives, who tended to wear tuxes, cheap suits, and raincoats.



** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.


* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', also written by Neil Simon and starring Peter Falk and released two years later in direct response to ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.
** There was also a MadeForTVMovie called ''Murder Can Hurt You'', which spoofs TV detectives like Series/{{Kojak}}, Series/{{McCloud}}, and Series/{{Columbo}}. (Though, alas, Peter Falk doesn't appear in that one.)

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* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is SpiritualSequel:
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''Film/TheCheapDetective'', also written by Neil Simon and starring directed by Robert Moore and also featuring Peter Falk and Eileen Brennan in the cast, which spoofs FilmNoir and was released two years later in direct response to ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.
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** There was also a MadeForTVMovie called ''Murder Can Hurt You'', which spoofs TV detectives like Series/{{Kojak}}, Series/{{McCloud}}, and Series/{{Columbo}}. (Though, alas, Peter Falk doesn't appear in that one.))
** Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar to ''Murder by Death'' in its themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.


* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''The Cheap Detective'', also written by Neil Simon and starring Peter Falk in direct response to ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''The Cheap Detective'', ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', also written by Neil Simon and starring Peter Falk and released two years later in direct response to ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.


** FridgeBrilliance -- the most scathing parodies in the movie are set less on the novels than popular conceptions from their movie adaptations. Sam Diamond's, for instance, also includes a series of unsubtle [[TakeThat Take Thats]] directed at HumphreyBogart and gumshoe detectives in general, rather than Sam Spade in specific, due to the general perception that Bogart was typecast. Despite Bogart looking nothing like the literary character of Spade, and only ever playing the character in TheMalteseFalcon, Bogart's popularly considered the definitive version. Similarly, Diamond's comment that he only has the one jacket is a reference to the perceived LimitedWardrobe of Bogart's detectives, who tended to wear tuxes, cheap suits, and raincoats.

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** FridgeBrilliance -- the most scathing parodies in the movie are set less on the novels than popular conceptions from their movie adaptations. Sam Diamond's, for instance, also includes a series of unsubtle [[TakeThat Take Thats]] directed at HumphreyBogart and gumshoe detectives in general, rather than Sam Spade in specific, due to the general perception that Bogart was typecast. Despite Bogart looking nothing like the literary character of Spade, and only ever playing the character in TheMalteseFalcon, ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', Bogart's popularly considered the definitive version. Similarly, Diamond's comment that he only has the one jacket is a reference to the perceived LimitedWardrobe of Bogart's detectives, who tended to wear tuxes, cheap suits, and raincoats.



* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', starring Creator/PeterFalk and written by Creator/NeilSimon in direct response to ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', starring Creator/PeterFalk and ''The Cheap Detective'', also written by Creator/NeilSimon Neil Simon and starring Peter Falk in direct response to ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.


* HeyItsThatGuy: James Cromwell is the embodiment of this trope.



* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', starring Creator/PeterFalk and written by Creator/NeilSimon in direct response to Murder By Death. Later, the movie adaptation of Film/{{Clue}} is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', starring Creator/PeterFalk and written by Creator/NeilSimon in direct response to Murder By Death. ''Murder by Death''. Later, the movie adaptation of Film/{{Clue}} ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.Brennan.
** There was also a MadeForTVMovie called ''Murder Can Hurt You'', which spoofs TV detectives like Series/{{Kojak}}, Series/{{McCloud}}, and Series/{{Columbo}}. (Though, alas, Peter Falk doesn't appear in that one.)

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* HeyItsThatGuy: James Cromwell is the embodiment of this trope.


* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is TheCheapDetective, starring PeterFalk and written by NeilSimon in direct response to Murder By Death. Later, the movie adaptation of {{Clue}} is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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* SpiritualSequel: Two of them! First is TheCheapDetective, ''Film/TheCheapDetective'', starring PeterFalk Creator/PeterFalk and written by NeilSimon Creator/NeilSimon in direct response to Murder By Death. Later, the movie adaptation of {{Clue}} Film/{{Clue}} is extremely similar in themes and comedy, and also features Eileen Brennan.

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