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"Murder, She Wrote" Dead Eye (1993)

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Peter S. Fischer (created by) and
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Original Air Date:
7 February 1993 (Season 9, Episode 13)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lonny Chapman ... Frank Hemet

Julian Christopher ... FBI Agent James Whitman

Ben Masters ... Police Chief Herman Gillis
Stewart Moss ... Dr. Abner Farrow

Linda Purl ... Laura Callan

Wayne Rogers ... Charlie Garrett

Al Ruscio ... Santo Angelini
John Petlock ... Michael

Webster Williams ... Hal Fredericks

Kevin Quigley ... Bernie Callan
Tom Alan Robbins ... Assistant Manager

Jason Stuart ... Motel Manager
Dennis Paladino ... Bartender
Martin Goslins ... Houseman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Richard Petersen ... Hotel Guest

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jerry Jameson 
Writing credits
Peter S. Fischer (created by) and
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Tom Sawyer (written by)

Produced by
Mark A. Burley .... supervising producer
Al Kraus .... coordinating producer
Angela Lansbury .... executive producer
Bruce Lansbury .... supervising producer
Todd London .... co-producer
Tom Sawyer .... producer
Original Music by
Steve Dorff 
Cinematography by
Peter Salim (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Buford F. Hayes 
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 
Makeup Department
Audrey Futterman-Stern .... hair stylist
Production Management
Al Kraus .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kelly Cantley .... second assistant director
Kevin Corcoran .... first assistant director
Art Department
John P. Bruce .... set designer (uncredited)
Felisa Finn .... painter (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)
Doug Vlaming .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Don Sharpless .... sound mixer
Mary Albee .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Lon Massey III .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jay Caplan .... costume supervisor
Buffy Snyder .... costume supervisor
Eilish Zebrasky .... costume supervisor: Ms. Lansbury (as Eilish)
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
Jim McClafferty .... location manager (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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (various episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor
Special Effects by
George Zamora .... special effects coordinator
Steven Burnett .... stunts
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

60 min | 47 min
Color | Black and White (flashback scenes: plot setting in 1963)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:12 (video rating) (2009)


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Very Negative Aspect of Photograph Shooting, 1 April 2010
Author: WeatherViolet from United States

This episode introduces Chicago Private Investigator Charlie Garrett (Wayne Rogers) to the series, and begins with a pre-title Prologue filmed in Black & White, and set in Coral City, Florida, in 1963.

In this Prologue, bar patrons watch a televised new report of the Lee Harvey Oswald slaying in the aftermath of the J.F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, Texas, with archive footage of the actual account.

Bernie Callan (Kevin Quigley) emerges from the bar to face the barrel of a .45 caliber pistol in the parking lot, and he is never heard from again for thirty years, until present day 1993, when law enforcement officials recover a body, believed to be the remains of Bernie Callan from a gutter, the victim of a gunshot.

Various associates of Bernie Callan from across the country then read newspaper accounts of the report....

In Chicago, Illinois, Charlie Garrett (Wayne Rogers), who has been investigating for more than thirty years by now, examines two envelopes which he has received in the mail from Bernie Callan, one post-marked November 25, 1963. Bernie has owed Charlie $3,000 for the duration, and so Charlie heads to Coral City.

In Coral City, Florida, Santo Angelini (Al Ruscio) plots a scheme with a thug.

In Denver, Colorado, Bernie's only child, Laura Callan (Linda Purl), tells her associate Hal Fredericks (Webster Williams) at the District Attorney's office that she must leave for Coral City.

In Miama, Florida, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) arrives to deliver a Mystery seminar at South Florida Writers' Conferrence, where she notices the newspaper article and also heads to Coral City, after she notices that Laura's hotel room, across the hall from hers, has been ransacked.

Coral City Police Chief Herman Gillis (Ben Masters) welcomes Laura and Jessica to his office but expresses his opinion that Jessica's Mysteries leave too many open-ended questions for his tastes, as he prefers clear-cut resolutions, which frustrates him in this cold case, considering that a body has been discovered after a probable thirty-year-old murder.

Charlie Garrett arrives at Herman Gillis' office before Laura and Jessica exodus, Charlie to request $3,000 of the $10,000 discovered in the victim's wallet, but Herman Gillis answers that there are too many loose ends to resolve before the spoils may be divided to rightful claimants.

As Charlie joins forces with Laura and Jessica to figure the root of the problem of Bernie's disappearance, Frank Hemet (Lonny Chapman) trails the three, as Charlie catches Frank's ransacking his room at Pink Motel, and Jessica approaches Frank to question his trailing Laura and herself, before discovering that her hotel room has also been ransacked, as has Laura's before hers.

FBI Agent James Whitman (Julian Christopher) enters the case, to meet with the investigation team, when Doctor Abner Farrow (Stewart Moss) arrives at Herman's office, presenting himself as an Instructor of Modern History, who wishes to learn from the team (Jessica, Laura, Charlie, Herman and James), by witnessing their meetings.

What everyone searches for would be negatives of photographs which Bernie Callan had taken back in 1963, which may link Santo Angelini to Lee Harvey Oswald in the days before the JFK assassination.

While FBI Agent James Whitman maintains that Oswald did not act in conspiracy because of the (albeit possibly incomplete) findings of the Warren Commission (the U.S. government's official investigation), the other investigators seek for answers to potential links, once and for all.

But more murders and murder attempts are made along the way because another body is discovered in a parked automobile, the victim of a gunshot, and yet another after an automobile rolls from a bridge after its brakes have been severed, and then someone is handcuffed and pushed from a boat into the harbor below, after photographs are burned to destroy the evidence of "Dead Eye."

The cast is rounded out by Jason Stuart as Motel Manager Terry Portman, Tom Alan Robbins as Assistant Manager, John Petlock as Michael, Dennis Paladino as Bartender, and Martin Goslins as Houseman.

This episode marks one of the most recent roles to date each by Martin Goslins and Stewart Moss, as well as the second of three "MSW" guest roles for Ben Masters, the third of three each for Linda Purl and Lonny Chapman, the first of five for Wayne Rogers in his role as Charlie Garrett, and the fourth of five "MSW's" for John Petlock.

Lonny Chapman, acting on television and in film since 1951, has unfortunately since passed.

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