A composer/pianist whose latest work is dedicated to Sally is stabbed in his apartment which contains items that point to a relationship with her, although she had not met him previously.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Buzz Simms
Louise Montgomery
Tom Troupe ...
Joe Layton
Manny Sky
Deputy D.A. Chapman
Mrs. Drake
Bob Bralver ...
James Dobson ...
3rd Reporter


Buzz Simms. a concert pianist of great promise, is nearly strangled in his apartment. Simms has troubles enough -- a music critic for a local arts newspaper regularly scourges him at every performance. Did the music critic go one step further and try to kill Buzz for "bad music"? The critic is a friend of Sally's, who reads for the almost-blind old man. He has an alibi for the attack, but Mac suspects something is wrong when he finds that the music critic is a dead ringer for Buzz's late father, who despised modern jazz music. Mac also questions the music critic's near-blindness when he's slow to react to Mac pulling a trick with a light flash. Who is the music critic ... really? Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When talking about bad reviews from critics, Mac asks Buzz if he remembers the first reviews of Stravinsky's works. Igor Stravinsky's music was ahead of it's time, and when Afternoon of a Faun premiered it was met with a savage reception, as the audience openly jeered the performance and threw their seat cushions at the musicians in protest. See more »


When calling for the ambulance Sally says they're in Apt. 1203 but the apt. is on the 2nd story. See more »


Sally McMillan: Forgive me?
Police Commissioner Stewart 'Mac' McMillan: Forgiven.
Sally McMillan: Oh no! Not so easy! Make me suffer.
Police Commissioner Stewart 'Mac' McMillan: [shouting] Suffer!
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References Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) See more »

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Blues for Sally M
14 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed McMillan & Wife since the beginning. My two favorite episodes are when McMillan proposes and my all time favorite episode is; "Blues for Sally M." I was so sad that poor Buzz didn't have a clue as to how talented he was. Compliments and love mean so much to all of us. However; Since 1972, I have been looking for that particular music. Much to my dismay I have been unable to find it.Its a wonderful episode and an extremely dynamic piece of music. Does anyone out there have a clue how I can find it a copy of the composition? If so please let me know so I don't have to keep playing the musical sections of the movie over and over just so I can hear the composition. Life would be great. I love that piece of music.

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