Friday, March 14, 2014

Case Study No. 1302: Jim Stringer

Murder, She Said (2) - Venet subs
A la nostra Miss Marple ghe toca senpre investigar da so posta. Senpre co 'l sior Stringer, ovaimente (el ator Stringer Davis, so mario inte la vita vera). Miga mal par una che la ga scominsia a resitar a 50 ani. Miss Marple playlist: view_play_list?p=  9DBD6F573D8BED6D
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[Miss Marple and her timid librarian friend Mister Stringer are investigating the train tracks where she believes the body of a murder victim was disposed]
JANE MARPLE: There must be something, somewhere. You can't throw a body out of a fast-moving train without leaving some kind of trace.
JIM STRINGER: Miss Marple, if we linger here much longer, I feel certain we shall be apprehended!
JANE MARPLE: Oh, nonsense! No one will give a couple of track layers a second glance.
JIM STRINGER: I'm not altogether convinced our disguises are adequate ...
[ignoring his pleas, she continues searching for clues]
JANE MARPLE: A shoe, a bit of cloth ... something.
[he pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket]
JIM STRINGER: I concede our timetable may have been out of date, but I'm quite sure the Seven-Fifteen is still running.
JANE MARPLE: Very possibly.
JIM STRINGER: But it could be most dangerous up here!
JANE MARPLE: Undoubtedly ...
[Miss Marple wanders off, as Mister Stringer checks his pocket watch to see that it is exactly seven-fifteen]
[cut to a closeup of Mister Stringer, as he gets down and feels the track for vibrations, then frantically begins looking for his partner]
JIM STRINGER: Miss Marple! Miss Marple!
JANE MARPLE: [from off camera] Yes?
[he looks around and finds that Miss Marple is now standing at the bottom of the hill right next to the train tracks]
JIM STRINGER: There you are! I think I heard something ...
JANE MARPLE: And I think I've found something ...
[he suddenly turns at the sound of a train whistle, and quickly runs down the hill to avoid getting hit by the oncoming train]
[cut to Mister Stringer at the bottom of the hill, as Miss Marple (ignoring his near-death experience) points to a flattened patch of grass on the ground]
JANE MARPLE: Consistent with something being dumped from a train, wouldn't you say?
[he says nothing, so she continues by pointing to a nearby stone wall]
JANE MARPLE: If it was the body, it would roll down and finish up against this wall.
JIM STRINGER: Then, where is it?
JANE MARPLE: That, Mister Stringer, is the question.
JIM STRINGER: Could be buried?
[she shakes her head]
JANE MARPLE: You would need a pick or a shovel. No, this is hardly an ideal spot for the disposing of a body. Unless ...
[she stops and picks a piece of cloth out of the stone wall]
JANE MARPLE: From her fur collar, I think ... Mister Stringer, would you kindly give me a leg up?
JIM STRINGER: Really, Miss Marple, I--
JANE MARPLE: Please, Mister Stringer!
[he tries lifting her up by the hips]
JANE MARPLE: No, no! Make a stirrup!
[he bends down and puts his hands together so that Miss Marple can use them as a step]
JANE MARPLE: Come on, careful! Are you ready?
JANE MARPLE: Interlock your fingers!
JIM STRINGER: They are interlocked ...
JANE MARPLE: Oh ... Well, are you ready?
[he boosts her up and she grabs the top of the wall]
JANE MARPLE: Magnificent!
[they both look over the wall and see a man with a dog]
[they both duck down just as the dog looks in their direction]
JIM STRINGER: [whispering] What a frightful looking man!
JANE MARPLE: [whispering] What a frightful looking dog!
JIM STRINGER: Miss Marple, prudence demands a retreat ...
JANE MARPLE: Mister Stringer, I am convinced that the body is on the other side of this wall.
JIM STRINGER: But that's the Ackenthorpe Hall Estate ...
JANE MARPLE: No, perfect. Easy enough for someone to come down out of the house, recover the body, and dispose of it somewhere on the grounds.
JIM STRINGER: Someone from the house? You mean one of the family?
JANE MARPLE: Yes, or one of the servants, if they're lucky enough to have any ... Servants. I wonder.
JIM STRINGER: Miss Marple, whatever it is, no no no!
JANE MARPLE: Mister Stringer, we will withdraw ... temporarily.
[they quickly sneak away]



"Murder, She Said" (1961)

Miss Marple witnesses a man strangling a woman through the window of a passing train. However, when police cannot turn up any evidence of the homicide, they dismiss the amateur sleuth as a dotty old woman. She enlists the help of Mr. Stringer, the village librarian and a kindred spirit, to trace the exact point where the body was thrown from the train. After the location is pinpointed at Ackenthorpe Hall, she is able to insinuate herself into the manor house disguised as a maid. Although the lord of the manor is a stingy but likable curmudgeon, Miss Marple suspects the body and the murderer can be found on the premises.



In 1961, Margaret Rutherford made the first of five appearances as Agatha Christie's elderly and somewhat irritating detective heroine, Miss Jane Marple. Christie was not pleased with the casting, complaining, quite rightly, that Margaret Rutherford bore little resemblance to Miss Marple. The actress also had her doubts: "I never wanted to play Miss Marple. ... It was simply that I never found murder amusing. I don't like anything that tends to lower or debase or degrade." However, Rutherford soon changed her mind when the producers, M-G-M, agreed to cast Stringer Davis as Mr. Jim Stringer, a librarian who comes to Miss Marple's aid, and assured her that many scenes would require that she ride a bicycle.



Margaret Rutherford stars as Agatha Christie's amateur detective, Miss Jane Marple, and in a supporting role, Stringer Davis (Rutherford's real-life husband) as librarian Mr. Stringer. The antics of Rutherford's Marple and Davis' Stringer give these films a decidedly humorous overtone. Mr. Stringer is not a character created by Agatha Christie, but he evidently was written into the series to accomodate the couple, as Rutherford and Davis appeared together in more than 20 films.

In the first film, "Murder She Said" (1961; b/w), Marple witnesses a murder while on a train journey and reports it to officials. Inspector Craddock (Charles Tingwell) believes that she saw a couple embracing, as no obdy was found on the train or along the trackway. Marple, upset over Craddock's insinuation that she is a doty old woman, rushes to the public library to discuss the matter with Stringer, a close confidant.

At the library, Stringer is busy apologizing to a library patron, Mrs. Hilda Stainton (Barbara Hicks), an avid mystery reader, for not having a new mystery in the library. "Plain inefficiency," she remarks, adding, "Anyway, I want to know the minute it comes in."

"Of course, of course, Mrs. Stainton," he replies in a self-humbling manner. Marple enters the library at this point, and Stringer immediately looks past Stainton to greet his friend, "Good morning, Miss Marple!"

As Stainton walks away from the desk, Stringer reaches under the desk for a book - the one Stainton requested - and places it on the desk for Marple, saying, "I've been keeping it for you." She pulls him by the arm into the book stacks, where she convinces him to assist her in her attempt to solve the murder.

Stainton returns to the desk, notices the book she wants, and exclaims, "So it has come in!" Stringer, walking back to the desk with Marple, manages to respond, "Ah, ah, has it?" Marple tells Stainton that "the mother did it, of course," and then extends an invitation to Stringer as she leaves, "Hot buttered crumpets for tea, Mr. Stringer, if you care to join me." "Indeed I would, Miss Marple," he responds and then stamps the book for Stainton.

Stringer, an elderly man with gray hair and receding hairline, dresses conservatively - dark suit, white shirt, and dark tie, and wears wire-rimmed eyeglasses. The librarian, easily lead by Marple, is - in essence - her sidekick; he performs the necessary leg work and research when required, as well as accompanying Marple whenever necessary. Stringer also provides the obligatory comedic antics of a sidekick. Occupational tasks are abundant - Stringer stands behind a desk, discusses books with patrons, and stamps books. In addition, he demonstrates a lack of self-confidence in his discussions with Stainton and Marple. When talking with Stainton, Stringer's mannerisms and responses exude the "plain inefficiency" of public service employees that she criticizes. He is a devious public servant, as he deliberately withholds a book from Stainton in order to give it to his friend. He is a classic image of a mild-mannered, meek librarian who struggles to keep local library patrons happy. He is the embodiment of the stereotype.

During Marple's investigation, Stringer is quick to assist but is concerned about her safety. When Craddock suggests that Marple may be in danger, Stringer encourages her to follow Craddock's advice and stop her investigation. A sidekick always lacks courage and advocates safety.

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