A washed up country singer, whose biggest fan is Bubba Skinner, is accused of the murder of his former road manager.



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Episode credited cast:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins) (credit only)
Althea Tibbs (credit only)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Harriet DeLong (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lane Bradbury ...
Tina Yost (as Janette Lane Bradbury)
Della Cole ...
TV Reporter
Steve Coulter ...
Public Defender (as Steven Coulter)
Gary Crosby ...
Mal Talbot
Stuart Culpepper ...
Joe Dorsey ...
Ace McCabe


Songwriter Ace McCabe accuses country/western singing star Eddy Larren of stealing his most popular hit. McCabe heckles Larren for alleged unpaid royalties and pulls a gun. McCabe is killed in the fight, and Eddy's manager, Mal Talbot, takes the blame. In the investigation Bubba Skinner must face the difference in hype and reality. Written by richardann

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Drama | Crime | Mystery




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16 December 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Pretty Good Story, but …
11 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(Big Sigh) … "In the Heat of the Night" is a wonderful show, and "When the Music Stopped" is a pretty good story, BUT Robert Goulet as a country-western singer? No. It doesn't work. At all. He is simply not believable in the role! And the songs he sings are very amateurish.

Gary Crosby is his usual affable self as the manager/sound man (whatever he was) Mal Talbot, and Joe Dorsey was strong as the angry songwriter Ace McCabe. Alan Autry ("Bubba") gave a good performance as the number one fan who became disillusioned by the events.

All in all, it was a good story. It's just too bad it was severely damaged by the horrible miscasting of Bob Goulet. He was a fine talent, but not as a country singer. Now if Merle Haggard, or someone like that, had done the role, it would have made huge difference.

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