Former Hollywood star Rita Bristol and her daughter Patti are about to open in a big new Broadway musical, until Patti is gunned down in a bizarre robbery attempt.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Feldman
Rita Bristol
Lonnie Valerian
Barry Bristol
Patti Bristol
Marc Faber
Si Parrish
NYPD Det. Sgt. Moreno
Gretchen Pashko
Kate Metcalf
Ed Bakey ...
Monsignor Kelly
Roberto Roman ...


Grady Fletcher invites Aunt Jessica to be his guest at a Broadway show he's doing the bookkeeping for, and meet both his girlfriend and has-been movie star Rita Bristol, whose prima donna attitude endangers the show that was to be her comeback, and the launch of daughter Patti Bristol. They all dine with others including son Barry Bristol, director Marc Faber and banker Si Parrish, the principal investor. On the way home, Patti is shot in the spine by street mugger Manny Farkus, who gets a fatal bullet from Barry. To Barry's surprise, the show isn't canceled, but director Marc Faber has L.A. star Lonnie Valerian flown in to take over recovering-Patti's part. N.Y.P.D. Detective Sergeant Moreno didn't feel the need for investigating further, confident he had his shooter, but Jessica digs into the past and present of the Bristol family, the members of the play's production, and the mugger who she recognizes as unemployed actor Morley Farmer and some New York street witnesses. Written by KGF Vissers/edited by canadazbest

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Jessica is surprised to hear that her nephew Grady has a new girlfriend named Kate. In the pilot episode, he was dating Kitty Donovan (Jessica Browne), and before Jessica said goodbye to them in that episode she told them not to go off and elope because she wanted to host their wedding in her parlor. See more »


While talking to the Milton Berle character, Jessica makes an off-hand remark, and Berle asks her to repeat it. She replies, "Oh, I was just talking out loud." Clearly she means "I was just thinking out loud." See more »


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The show almost doesn't go on
11 July 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Nephew Grady Fletcher has found another job and Michael Horton invites Aunt Jessica to come to New York. He's the bookkeeper for Broadway producer Patrick O'Neal and the show is for former movie queen Vivian Blaine to make a comeback with. There's a nice part in it for her daughter Lorna Luft as well. For mother and daughter these two have a nasty rivalry. Son and brother Gregg Henry does all he can to keep peace.

Some mysterious accidents happen and then someone shoots Luft and that someone is then shot and killed by Henry. Later on there's an attack on Blaine.

Milton Berle is in it as well as an agent. He has one scene with Angela Lansbury, but he provides the critical evidence to crack the case. Also young Mr. Horton gets out from under a Springtime For Hitler type scheme as well.

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