Amazing Stories: Season 2, Episode 17

Gershwin's Trunk (13 Mar. 1987)

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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... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Jo-Jo Gillespie
Sister Teresa
Jerry Lane
Dana Gladstone ...
Hurd Hatfield ...
Logan Webb
Detective Watts
Irene Olga López ...
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


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. Written by Anonymous

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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 »


[first lines]
[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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Gershwin's ghost
14 June 2007 | by (muenster, germany) – See all my reviews

Jo-Jo Gillespie is a writer of musicals. He has murdered a man. Detective Watts is about to arrest him. In flashback, Jo-Jo tells Watts what led to the murder: Jo-Jo was suffering from writer's block and he had to deliver a new musical soon. His cleaner, Carmen, told him to visit 'Sister Teresa', 'World Renowned Psychic'. Jo-Jo asked Teresa for help. She changed into George Gershwin's ghost, who helped Jo-Jo by writing songs for him. The man Jo-Jo murdered had noticed that these songs are so much different in style from his previous work that they can't have been written by Jo-Jo himself, and he threatened to tell.

Jo-Jo is sure that the new musical will be a success and offers Watts a deal: he will get a share of the profits if he doesn't arrest him. Watts has some conditions: he wants 50 per cent of the profits, and the musical has to be a (financial) success...

I liked this episode, especially the music (for example the song 'Balboa thought it was terrific, when he discovered the Pacific...'). I also liked the twist in the end and the stylish sets and costumes.

I liked it almost as much as 'Secret Cinema' (#1.20), also written or co-written and directed by Paul Bartel (he's also a supporting actor in both episodes). The stories also have something more in common: they are both farcical in style. I liked 'Secret Cinema' a bit better because I think that the story is more interesting and that it has better jokes. But, as I've said before, I liked this one almost as much, so it still deserves seven points in my opinion.

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