Lou is intrigued by the closed restaurant down the street, which turns out to have been the scene of a famous murder 25 years earlier. Animal is sent in for pictures, and becomes friends ... See full summary »

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Lou is intrigued by the closed restaurant down the street, which turns out to have been the scene of a famous murder 25 years earlier. Animal is sent in for pictures, and becomes friends with the reclusive owner, the woman who found the celebrity's body 25 years ago. Written by Anonymous

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17 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Joe Rossi: Where the two of you ever involved?
Wild Man Moran: I'm a... a drinker, son, not a chaser. Been married forty years and... never went after another woman.
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Clever but contrived
20 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Writer Michelle Gallery (later of L. A. Law), director Burt Brinckerhoff, and composer Patrick Williams join forces to do a faux-film noir episode of LOU GRANT. It begins, of course, with an off-screen narrator (Lou) setting up the story, accompanied by a sexy saxophone. Unlike most episodes (which focus on a current social issue investigated by the newspaper), this is a fairly traditional mystery, with the newspaper gang trying to solve an old murder from the golden age of Hollywood.

I can understand why people love this episode: it has loads of old Hollywood stars, and does a good job of sending up the traditions of film noir. But if you're honest, you have to confess that it's just a high-concept, contrived plot that doesn't really fit the mold of the series. You can almost imagine the writers' meeting: "HEY! How about this?" It's more like what they used to do on "Moonlighting."

Margaret "Wicked Witch" Hamilton (pushing 80 here) does a funny turn as a hard-boiled, retired columnist. Nina Foch and Marie Windsor still look lovely, and character actor George Chandler delivers the last of his over 400 screen roles.


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