- Ethnic Scrappy: Diamond treats Wang like this. So does Twain. Wang treats his own son like this, too.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: A Miss Marple expy named Jessica. Come 1984...
- Shallow Parody:
- 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 could work (Sam Diamond is played like a cowardly closeted gay, unlike Sam Spade, and is pretty well-received) but just falls flat without anything to emphasise the contrast between expectations and realisation.
- The film also arguably misses the point of Nick Charles, in that 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' Running Gags was how little he tried to fit in as a socialite. Mind you, 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.
- Shocking Swerve: Played for laughs.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: 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.
- Nonetheless, for this performance, Capote was nominated for a Golden Globe.
YMMV / Murder by Death