Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Death Takes a Curtain Call 

Two Soviet ballet dancers on tour in the States are wanted following the murder of a man backstage during their debut performance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Fletcher
Irina Katsa
FBI Agent O'Farrell
Major Anatole Karzof
Alexander Masurov (as George De La Peña)
Leo Peterson
James Carroll Jordan ...
Skip Fleming
Vicki Kriegler ...
Natalia Masurov
Paul Rudd ...
Palmer Eddington
Jessica Nelson ...
Velma Rodecker
Dewey Johnson (as Courtney Burr)
Serge Berensky (as Anthony DeLongis)


Invited by Leo Peterson, a former dancer who defected long ago, Jessica attends a Boston performance of the famous Soviet Russian Rostoff ballet. She guesses something is up when Leo gets a program from the bottom of the pile with a code; after the performance they are joined in his car by defecting star dancers Alexander and Natalia Masurov but hear on the radio that KGB security agent Serge Berensky has been found dagger-murdered in their dressing room, so Jessica gives them short-term sanctuary at her home while she snoops. KGB Major Anatole Karzof declares to be a fan of her books and joins her, defending he thesis the defectors did it, while FBI Agents O'Farrell and Dewey Johnson conduct the official investigation. She discovers there is more... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 December 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The defectors
8 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

That most interesting of people, a KGB agent who is a murder mystery fan is at the heart of this Murder She Wrote story. Jessica Fletcher goes to Boston for a bit of culture to see a Soviet ballet company with former dancer Hurd Hatfield. But she's dragooned into Hatfield's plot to help two defecting dancers. Nice, but a KGB guy is stabbed to death and the FBI in the person of Dane Clark is now involved.

Angela Lansbury's big fan is William Conrad who's a genial but cynical sort. I don't he really cares personally about the two defectors unless they did murder his man.

The highlight of the show are Angela Lansbury's scenes with William Conrad as she plays a double game of helping the defectors and solving the murder.

As you would expect it all works out.

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