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"Murder, She Wrote" Crimson Harvest (1994)

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Original Air Date:
20 November 1994 (Season 11, Episode 8)
The mysterious deaths of a winery matriarch's son and a rival vintner lead Jessica into a world of greed and betrayal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"They Want to Buy with Paper Bills Some Peace to Call Their Own ~ A Winery Which Loan Sharks Cannot Steal" See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Joseph Cali ... Paul Grimaldi

Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Sheriff Serafio Zuniga (as Ismael East Carlo)

Diane DiLascio ... Alicia Grimaldi (as Diane Dilascio)

Elizabeth Gracen ... Michelle Scarlotti

Gregg Henry ... Lars Anderson

Lainie Kazan ... Anna Grimaldi

David Newsom ... Henry Wilson

Robert Pine ... Edgar Warner

León Singer ... Felipe Paez (as Leon Singer)

Eddie Velez ... Pete Grimaldi

Episode Crew
Directed by
Anthony Pullen Shaw  (as Anthony Shaw)
Writing credits
Peter S. Fischer (created by) and
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Bruce Lansbury (written by)

Produced by
Mark A. Burley .... supervising producer
Laurence Heath .... co-producer
Al Kraus .... coordinating producer
Angela Lansbury .... executive producer
Bruce Lansbury .... supervising producer
Todd London .... co-producer
Tom Sawyer .... producer
Original Music by
Bruce Babcock 
Cinematography by
Ronald M. Vargas Sr. (director of photography) (as Ron Vargas)
Film Editing by
Bill Turro  (as William Turro)
Casting by
Ron Stephenson 
Production Design by
Hub Braden 
Art Direction by
Mary Dodson  (as Mary Weaver Dodson)
Set Decoration by
Bill Gregory 
Lee Poll 
Production Management
Al Kraus .... unit production manager
David Shaw .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kelly Cantley-Kashima .... second assistant director (as Kelly Cantley)
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bryan Rodgers .... visual consultant
John P. Bruce .... set designer (uncredited)
Tony Guastella .... leadman (uncredited)
John Hathaway .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John D. Jefferies Sr. .... set designer (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Jillson .... set designer (uncredited)
Deland 'Dee' Lyttle .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Purdy .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Doug Vlaming .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Don Sharpless .... sound mixer
Jerry Jacobson .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mary Albee .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Lon Massey III .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Mike McEveety .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shannon Litten .... costume supervisor: women's
Don Vargas .... costume supervisor: men's
Eilish Zebrasky .... costume designer: Ms. Lansbury (as Eilish)
Editorial Department
Wayne Hampton .... colorist
Location Management
Jim McClafferty .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
John Addison .... composer: theme
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Dave Busick .... set mechanic
Robert 'Bob' Routhieaux .... driver: production designer (uncredited)
Other crew
John Chester .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
John Chester .... production assistant (uncredited)
Desi Scarpone .... production assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter S. Fischer  creator
Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

Produced by
Kevin Corcoran .... assistant producer
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... key makeup artist
Rita Bellissimo .... hair stylist (as Rita Bellissimo Bordonaro)
Lori Benson .... makeup artist
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist
Gerald Solomon .... hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair department head
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Vera Yurtchuk .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen Swofford .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis G. Friedman .... assistant director
Elena Santaballa .... dga trainee
Michael-McCloud Thompson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Tom Margozewitz .... assistant property master
Sebastian Milito .... construction coordinator
Ted Wilson .... carpenter
Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Barney Cabral .... adr editor
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor
Richard Coleman .... sound recordist
Mark Kamps .... assistant sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor (1992-1994)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound editor
Anthony Milch .... sound editor (as Tony Milch)
Linda Moss .... sound editor
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor (1993-1996)
Peter Reale .... re-recording mixer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (various episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor
Special Effects by
George Zamora .... special effects coordinator
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (as Steven Burnett)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunt performer
Terry James .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Khristian Lupo .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator
Sherry Peterson .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Beaird .... key grip
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (1987)
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Keith H. Moore .... assistant camera
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... photographer: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Henderson .... head stylist
Editorial Department
Ken Latka .... film transfer colorist
Ralph A. Riccoboni .... assistant editor (1994-1996)
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Joshua Winget .... music editor (final season)
Other crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (1994)
Fred Fein .... stand-in
Betty Green .... title designer
Carolyn Hayes .... production auditor
Beth Humphreys .... legal supervisor
Mary Kara .... technical consultant (1995-1996)
Keith McNulty .... cue cards
Rod Ripley .... assistant to producers
Art Scholl .... pilot (1985)
Susan Vercelli .... production coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

47 min | USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video rating) (2010)

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Crew or equipment visible: While Jessica is touring the winery the film crew is reflected in the glass enclosure.See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"They Want to Buy with Paper Bills Some Peace to Call Their Own ~ A Winery Which Loan Sharks Cannot Steal", 18 May 2010
Author: WeatherViolet from United States

When a murder by firearms occurs one evening outside of Knob Hill Jewelry Store, in San Francisco, California, the Grimaldi family, which owns and operates a winery in nearby Sonoma Valley, invites dear old friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to the memorial services, one week later (with the second "MSW" episode set in Sonoma County vineyards).

Anna Grimaldi (Lainie Kazan) has resided in Cabot Cove, Maine, during her formative years, and has since relocated to the West, married, and become widowed with three children: son, Paul Grimaldi (Joseph Cali), daughter, Alicia Grimaldi (Diane DiLascio), and adoptive son, Pete Grimaldi (Eddie Velez).

But now, it would seem that Paul has secretly married divorcée Michelle Scarlotti (Elizabeth Gracen), whose vote would count toward the future direction of Grimaldi Vineyards, whereas Paul Grimaldi would have no say in matters of family policy, but Michelle and her five-year-old son from her first marriage somehow would.

Attorney Edgar Warner (Robert Pine) serves as legal counsel for Anna Grimaldi, who maintains that there are more important things to worry about than the vineyard and winery which has been in the family for generations. But Alicia maintains that she knows what's best for the family because she remembers her father's words that without the land and the business, the family won't stay together.

Henry Wilson (David Newsom) serves on staff at Grimaldi Vineyards, as a meek-tempered, soft-spoken production expert in the winery. Henry displays a fondness for Alicia, but she has more important things to worry about than romance and hints that her brothers would have done well to think along the same lines.

Lars Anderson (Gregg Henry) acts as a loan shark, holding a mortgage over the Grimaldi estate, with vineyards, winery and residence. When Pete encounters Lars while standing on a trestle bridge, an altercation begins to arise, but family friend Felipe Paez (León Singer) and his pet canine, Bolivar, manage to calm tempers.

Jessica, too, attempts at every turn to smooth tempers flaring around the Grimaldi household during this difficult period of mourning and concern for the family's property.

But when a body is discovered inside the basement of the winery, the victim of a bludgeoning by a heavy pole, hardly anyone has a plausible alibi.

Sheriff Serafio Zuniga (Ismael 'East' Carlo) arrives to investigate the second murder, which Jessica is convinced is linked to the first murder, but Sheriff Zuniga initially requests no assistance, or, more to the point, no interference from Jessica. So, she investigates anyhow.

When noticing a painting, Jessica suddenly realizes that Bolivar, the pet of Felipe, must have been a witness to the murder and sets a trap to nab her suspect of the perpetrator of both murders to control the "Crimson Harvest."

This episode represents the first of two "MSW" appearances for Elizabeth Gracen, the second of two for David Newsom, the third of three each for Joseph Cali and Ismael 'East' Carlo, the fourth of five for Robert Pine, and the sixth of seven for Gregg Henry.

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