Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Deadline for Murder 

A veteran reporter who suffered a heart attack says his best medicine would be the removal of his publisher. Jessica gets involved after the man ends up dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Fletcher
Eleanor Revere
Gretchen Corbett ...
Lt. A. Caruso
Haskell Drake
Walter Revere
Perry Revere
Lamar Bennett
Billy Simms
Clyde Thorson
Stan Lassiter
Kay Garrett
Tom Henschel ...
Dr. Framer
Sergeant Tierney
Nurse Phillips
Lisa Nelson ...


Respactable old-fashioned reporter Haskell Drake lands in hospital with a fit after his attack for sensationalist copy-doctoring at tycoon Lamar Bennett, who recently bought the Boston Daily Sentinel from equally conservative Walter Revere, gets him fired on the spot. Jessica tries to reason with Bennett on her old friend Drake's behalf but is told to come back at a celebratory drink in a hotel, where she witnesses Bennet getting a fatal brain hemorrhage while announcing Walter is fired too, which Jessica realizes can be induced by a combination of alcohol and pills, not necessarily taken simultaneously, while Bennet was on sinusitis medication, as she explained to grumpy BPD lieutenant A. Caruso, who concurs from the autopsy it was methaltionide and rather sees her as a suspect because of a rather defamatory recent article on her. When Jessica accepts to 'do some legwork' for an article Haskel plans on Lamar's sordid career she finds the Revere family, which hopes in vain to buy back... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 November 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first of two appearances by Harry Guardino as Jessica's reporter friend Haskell Drake. See more »

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Deadly Deadline
3 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

While a vast improvement over the previous episode "Dead Man's Gold", which was a lesser episode of the earlier seasons, there are far better episodes of Season 3 let alone 'Murder She Wrote' in general than "Deadline for Murder". It's quite good, but comes up short of being great.

Not all the acting works, though most of it does. Tim O'Connor is dull and to me the character of Haskell Drake gets on the nerves and Harry Guardino tended to overdo it (a waste of a dependable actor usually). Some of the pacing in the first half is on the dull side too and lacks urgency, though it does pick up once the murder and investigation happens and even then there have been more investable mysteries on the show.

Production values are high in quality as to be expected, with slick photography. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Much of the writing is thought-provoking and amiable, and while the victim does have victim written over his forehead from the start and one that deserved to be offed (like a lot of episodes of 'Murder She Wrote' admittedly) the mystery does have some engaging moments and the murderer was not obvious nor was how the murder was done.

Angela Lansbury is great as always and Peter Mark Richman is rightly despicable. Solid support from Eugene Roche, William Smith, Ken Olin and Sydney Walsh.

In conclusion, worth watching but there are better episodes. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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