Frantic to deliver a hit musical, conniving Broadway composer Jo-Jo Gillespie contacts the spirit of George Gershwin through psychic Sister Teresa, and makes marvelous music from beyond the... See full summary »

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Jo-Jo Gillespie
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Sister Teresa
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Jerry Lane
Dana Gladstone ...
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Logan Webb
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Detective Watts
Irene Olga López ...
Carmen
Luis Daniel Ponce ...
Pepi (as Danny Ponce)
Pamela Galloway ...
Trish Charlton
Barbara Turvett ...
Girl #1
Alan Bardsley ...
Boy #1
Pattie Brooks ...
Girl #2
Christopher Blande ...
Boy #2
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Frantic to deliver a hit musical, conniving Broadway composer Jo-Jo Gillespie contacts the spirit of George Gershwin through psychic Sister Teresa, and makes marvelous music from beyond the grave. When some begin to suspect that his new music isn't actually his, Jo-Jo stops at nothing, even murder, to protect his secret and his downfall begins. Written by Anonymous

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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When Sister Teresa puts her hands on the piano, someone is brought in to play the piano and their hands are placed onto the piano. The hand positions don't match and this can be seen when the hands "jump" across the piano. See more »

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[the doorbell rings]
Jo-Jo Gillespie: Who is it?
Detective Watts: My name is Watts. I think I have something that belongs to you.
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Silly and a bit dumb instead of interesting and clever
24 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, a detective (Paul Bartel) confronts a famous songwriter, Jo-Jo (this oddly named guy is played by Bob Balaban). It seems he saw Jo-Jo dumping a body in the river! But instead of taking him to jail, the two talk a bit and the detective obviously has ulterior motives--to blackmail Jo-Jo. After all, the killer is famous and he could afford to pay him off to keep his mouth shut.

What follows is Balaban's story about his muse. After breaking up with his partner and growing to hate each other, he was stumped in creating his next Broadway show--and so he consulted Sister Theresa (terribly overplayed by Lainie Kazan) and she helps him channel the spirit of George Gershwin to write his next hit show. Unfortunately, there is a twist.

This episode of "Amazing Stories" is a great example of a story that could have been exciting and done quite well, such as if it had been filmed for "The Twilight Zone". But, as usual, "Amazing Stories" chooses to be obvious, loud and not the least bit subtle. A sad misfire.


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