Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Murder of Sherlock Holmes 

Former English teacher Jessica Fletcher travels to New York to celebrate the success of her debut novel, but when an unwanted guest is murdered at a costume party, she wishes she'd stayed home.

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Jessica Browne ...
Kitty Donovan
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Peter Brill
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George
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Louise McCallum (as Anne Lloyd Francis)
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Ashley Vickers
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Dexter Baxendale
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Eleanor Thompson
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Lois Hoey
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In this Pilot episode we are introduced to Jessica Fletcher, a recent widow, who lives in Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is an English teacher who becomes a mystery book author thanks to her nephew, Grady Fletcher. Grady submits his Aunts manuscript to a publishing company who loves it and publishes it immediately. It is a best-seller and Jessica goes to New York City to promote her new book. While there Jessica gets involved in a murder while at her publishers home for a costume party. When her nephew becomes a suspect of the murder, Jessica must find the real killer. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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30 September 1984 (USA)  »

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The plot of this episode resembles great similatitirs with the plot from Agatha Christie's short story 'The Affair At The Victory Ball' (Poirot's Early Cases). See more »

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When Jessica sneaks into Ashley's office, the double light switch on the wall had the left switch up, and the right switch down, and the lights were off. When Jessica peaks down the hall (because she hears Ashley coming), both light switches are up, but the lights are still off in the office. When Ashley comes in, she changes one switch and the office lights go on (but we can't see which switch she changes). When Ashley leaves the office, she flips the right switch down and the lights go off. See more »

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[Police Chief Gunderson questions Preston Giles and his house guests]
Chief Roy Gunderson: Suppose you tell me what happened here last night, Mr. Giles. Folks don't go 'round gettin' half their heads blown off for no reason. I'm lookin' for motive.
Peter Brill: For killing Caleb McCallum? Surely you jest. Half the country had reason to kill him. The other half didn't know him.
Chief Roy Gunderson: Not funny, friend.
Ashley Vickers: But accurate. The Captain wasn't particularly well loved. Though I doubt that any of us despised him enough to kill him.
Louise McCallum: Except for me....
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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »

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Murder She Wrote started here!!
10 November 2001 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is the pilot and premiere episode of the program, "Murder, She Wrote" and is a treat to watch. It was nice to have a two hour lead-off episode and was over before I knew it!! Good acting and the pace was brisk. Hard to believe that it was first shown on September 30, 1984!! Man, that seems like a lifetime ago!! LOL. But it is still nice to see on television every now and then. I still miss the show and wish it were still on the air. Oh well, thank goodness for reruns!!


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