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Murder in Texas (1981)

Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson who married plastic surgeon, John Hill. Her father, Ash is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money which he used to buy a house and ... See full summary »

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Ann Kurth Hill
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Dr. John Hill
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Joan Robinson Hill
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Ash Robinson
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Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
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Dist. Atty. McMasters
Pamela Myers ...
Mary
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Jack Ramsey
Royce Wallace ...
Wilma
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Gina Meier
Jude Farese ...
Casselli
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Dr. Helpern
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Dr. Joe
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Reah Robinson
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Ann's attorney
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Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson who married plastic surgeon, John Hill. Her father, Ash is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money which he used to buy a house and indulges in some odd hobbies. He eventually has an affair with a woman named Ann Kurth. Eventually Ash threatens John with him losing custody of his son unless, he makes full restitution to Joan. One day Joan gets sick and dies. John somehow doesn't allow an autopsy to be done. Ash thinks it's strange and thinks John killed Joan and sets out to prove it. John eventually marries Ann and she can't help but find his behavior strange. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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3 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Asesinato en Texas  »

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Andy Griffith received an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal of Ash Robinson. It marked the only Emmy nomination in his entire career. See more »

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References A Man and a Woman (1966) See more »

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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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real life murder mystery
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When "Murder in Texas" premiered on network television in two parts, it was a big deal. It's a very intriguing, true story of a Texan plastic surgeon (Sam Eilliott) suspected of causing the death of his very wealthy wife, portrayed by Farrah Fawcett. For years, Ash Robinson, the victim's father, was convinced of Dr. Hill's guilt. Andy Griffith is a great Ash.

The story is based on Ann Kurth's book - Ann Kurth was Dr. Hill's second wife, who in the film is played by Katherine Ross. I could never find a copy of Kurth's book, so I read another book on the subject. The actual events are much, much more complicated than could ever have been shown on screen. In fact, the end of this movie is pure fiction, as are scenes that support the ending. The reason for this, I believe, was a legal one, as some participants were still living at the time of the filming.

Today it is believed that Joan Robinson Hill died of toxic shock syndrome before it became a known entity. What her husband had to do with it - by direct act or simple neglect - I don't believe has ever been decided other than in the mind of Ash Robinson.

While the movie made fascinating watching, particularly Part I, if this case interests you, I suggest you read a book on the subject for the true story. The acting is marvelous, particularly from Elliott, Fawcett, and Griffith, and the movie will hold your interest.


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