Inspector Morse: Season 5, Episode 3

Who Killed Harry Field? (13 Mar. 1991)

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Struggling artist Harry Field is found murdered and thrown off an overpass but recent rains and a dry body lead Morse to conclude he was killed over a week earlier.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Byfield ...
Tony Doyle
Helen Field
Nicola Cowper ...
Jane Marriot
Steven Payne ...
Sergeant Taylor
Andy Mulligan ...
Gordon Collins
Helena Lymbery ...
Sean Cranitch ...
Patrol Man
David Belcher ...
Maureen Bennett ...
Val Lewis
Philip Locke ...
Freddie Mortimer
Veronica Lang ...
Ian Matthews


Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of fun-loving raconteur Harry Field, a mediocre artist with no real style to call his own, with many of his paintings featuring the same mystery woman. As they dig deeper into his past, they discover a possible link to art forgery. Meanwhile, Lewis considers trying for a promotion in Traffic Division. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 March 1991 (UK)  »

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Morse paraphrases Tolkien by saying near the end: "The road goes on and on, let others follow it who can." See more »


In the scene near the end in the art gallery, where Harry Field Snr is talking to Morse, the painting behind him changes at least three times. See more »


[Lewis is thinking of applying for promotion and a transfer to Traffic Division]
Detective Sergeant Lewis: I might not pass the exam. Even if I did, it could be months before there's a promotion vacancy. The thing is, sir, I have to have your recommendation. And what I need to know is... d'you think I'm good enough to be recommended for promotion?
[long pause]
Chief Inspector Morse: I'm sorry to tell you, Lewis... that the answer to that... is yes.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »


Runnin' Wild
Written by A. H. Gibbs, Joe Grey, and Leo Wood (1922)
Harry Field listens to recording in his studio
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Ain't missbehavin'
26 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is for me one of the best Morse episodes.Freddie Jones is excellent as the father of the murder victim and he shows what a good actor he is. His scenes with John Thaw especially at the end are brilliant. Overall the story keeps you guessing until the end, with various twists in the plot. It also gives a good insight into the world of art.The scenery is fine and the whole episode has a "feel" about it, i've seen it several times and never tier of it. For Morse fans this episode has it all; Oxfordshire countryside, real ale, sophisticated suspects, stately home, an eccentric victim and lots of red herrings to keep you guessing.

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