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Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery  -  2 November 1997 (USA)
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TV movie continuing the adventures of Mystery book writer Jessica Fletcher from "Murder, She Wrote". Jessica is on a train headed for El Paso where she is to lecture at a conference. She ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah McLeish
Algric Bartles
Millie Ogden
Jack Ogden
Radley (as Michael A. Krawic)
Nelson Mashita ...
Susan Blommaert ...
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ...
Jim Sunrise (as Stuart Grant)
Jarvis Bean
Lisa LaCroix ...
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TV movie continuing the adventures of Mystery book writer Jessica Fletcher from "Murder, She Wrote". Jessica is on a train headed for El Paso where she is to lecture at a conference. She shares a table in the dining car with a woman who subsequently vanishes, leaving her purse on the table. Then a message is announced for the woman and Jessica accepts it. This leads to an attack in her compartment and a demand for 'it'. She has no idea what 'it' is and is rescued by a man claiming to be a journalist. The plot thickens. She is warned away by an FBI man, but continues to follow her clues to Agua Verde where the woman apparently lives. The plot twists and turns as she delves deeper in a most devious mystery..... Written by Lee Horton <>

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With Les Moonvies axing the twelve year series "Murder, She Wrote", Angela Lansbury and the family's Corymore Production company's payoff settlement was four (two hour) Movie of The Week productions. CBS TV had previously discussed with Angela about performing a musical special which had never developed beyond the discussion stage. With the series cancellation, Jerry Herman had discussed with Angel and her husband, Peter Shaw, his "Mrs. Santa Claus" musical. CBS TV agreed to finance this musical special in addition to the four MOW projects. "Mrs. Santa Claus" went into production, after closing down the series, during the 1996 Summer utilizing the Universal Studios' production offices and technical staff and crews. Mid 1977, CBS TV asked for delivery of the first "Murder, She Wrote" MOW. The "South by Southwest" script was approved by CBS TV. The production and technical staff were reassembled, relying on the availability of former staff members to pull the project together within a four week preparation period. The second MOW MSW was not developed until 2000 because the primary players were never happy with the killing of their MSW series. See more »


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A must see for fans of the series.
18 May 2002 | by (Somerset) – See all my reviews

This was the first TV-movie that continued the mysteries of crime novelist and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, a role that Angela Lansbury made loved around the world in the popular TV series, Murder She Wrote.

On the outside it may seem like just a feature length episode of that show, but if you look at it closely you'll see that it has some wonderful moments that make it a superior TV-movie. I suppose having said that you really do need to have an interest in this sort of TV mystery formula and if you have a love for the show then you will adore this.

There are some wonderful moments of mystery and intrigue built up and towards the end you are gagging to find out the truth as you always are in these mysteries. Also,as usual with a good mystery, there are some wonderful twists and turns which I'm obviously not going to talk about. I would recommend this to die hard fans of the series and anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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