The world’s greatest detectives have been invited to dinner. But when murder is on the menu, who will make it to dessert? You are cordially invited to join an all-star cast featuring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Falk, James Coco, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell and Estelle Winwood for Neil Simon’s hilarious murder-mystery spoof MURDER BY DEATH. The isolated mansion of eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (celebrated author Truman Capote in a Golden Globe(r) -nominated performance) is the setting for the twisted puzzler.
There’s some casual racism going on here that I’m weirded out by. I’m pretty sure they’re mocking the racism itself, but the way they mocked it was weird and made me feel gross. It was a funny movie other than that and was great to see Truman Capote going up against Columbo in a send up of the murder mystery trope.