Hart to Hart: Season 1, Episode 16

Downhill to Death (5 Feb. 1980)

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When Jennifer overhears an acquaintance planning to murder his wife on the ski slopes, she and Jonathan jet off to Vail to prevent it -- but the wife isn't the one who winds up dead.

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Kate Matthews
Rod McCary ...
Halsey Matthews
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Peter Schmidt (as George Deloy)
Shelley Smith ...
Marina Belson
Glen Ash ...
Sheriff Jelks (as Glenn Ash)
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Russell Motta ...
Reese
Dan Laughlin ...
Harold Huntzecker
Kate Childers ...
Emily Huntzecker
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When Jennifer overhears an acquaintance planning to murder his wife on the ski slopes, she and Jonathan jet off to Vail to prevent it -- but the wife isn't the one who winds up dead.

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In this episode Kate is supposed to be older than her husband, however, both actors are actually the same age. See more »

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Champagne Wishes & Caviar Deaths!
16 March 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Freelance writer Jennifer Hart (Stephanie Powers) is interviewing English punk rocker Syd Sado (Michael Des Barres) in a posh Los Angeles restaurant when he is paged. While he is gone she inadvertently overhears a couple at the table behind hers planning to commit murder on a ski vacation in Vail, Colorado. As the couple leave Jennifer recognizes the man - Halsey Mathews (Rod McCary).

Halsey is married to Kate (Juliet Mills) an older woman. It is painfully obvious to pretty much everyone he is having an affair with a twenty-something blonde (Shelley Smith) whom he at various times introduces as either a client or a public relations executive with his firm.

Jennifer and her financier husband Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner) like to solve murder mysteries. That is the basis for this series. In this case they drop everything to take their own trip to Vail to keep Kate from being murdered by her cad husband - a guy neither of them ever much liked anyway. Of course things take a wildly unexpected turn resulting in a very different investigation for the socialite sleuths.

As far as TV series that featured Robert Wagner or Stephanie Powers go this one was by far the most successful. This episode two-thirds in to the first season helped established it as a solid program. The shrewd casting of solid guest stars and immaculate production value played nicely off of the appeal of the leads.

Hart to Hart was one of the guilty pleasures I grew up with. A romance/adventure of the kind begun by 'The Thin Man' series of movies in the 1930s and continued elegantly with Cary Grant's later films 'To Catch A Thief', 'North by Northwest' and 'Charade' the idea was to present an attractive & sophisticated couple in a glamorous setting.

There would be ever present danger in such mysteries but as with Hart to Hart threat to life and limb would never be taken as seriously as it perhaps should have. A close call would be laughed off with a dry one liner and the hero and heroine would gleefully venture forth to the next phase of the adventure.

I never could get past the putrid disco soundtrack the show had. In this episode there is a lot of disco and sometimes the volume button on the remote doesn't work quite fast enough.


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