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Final Curtain ()


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The community center of Cabot Cove is getting ready to produce a play with retired actor David North. What follows is interrupted rehearsals and a murder in town.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Eve Simpson
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Lyman Taggart
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Jerome Mueller
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Eric Benderson
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David North
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Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
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Kathryn Evans
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Dr. Seth Hazlitt
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Deputy Andy Broom
Barry Laws ...
John
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Motel Manager
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2nd Relative
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Relative #1
Don Perry ...
Patient
Nicholas Shaffer ...
Bit Player
Bainbridge Scott ...
Hostess

Directed by

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Walter Grauman

Written by (WGA)

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Peter S. Fischer ... (creator) (creator) and
Richard Levinson ... (creator) (creator) &
William Link ... (creator) (creator)
 
J. Michael Straczynski ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mark A. Burley ... supervising producer
Al Kraus ... coordinating producer
Angela Lansbury ... executive producer
Bruce Lansbury ... supervising producer
Todd London ... co-producer
Tom Sawyer ... producer
J. Michael Straczynski ... producer (uncredited)

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Bruce Babcock

Cinematography by

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Peter Salim ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael J. Lynch

Editorial Department

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Wayne Hampton ... colorist

Casting By

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Ron Stephenson

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Hub Braden

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Mary Dodson ... (as Mary Weaver Dodson)

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Bill Gregory
Lee Poll

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Audrey Futterman-Stern ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Al Kraus ... unit production manager

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Kelly Cantley-Kashima ... second assistant director (as Kelly Cantley)
Robert M. Williams Jr. ... first assistant director
Xochi Blymyer ... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Suzanne Geiger ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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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)

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Paul B. Clay ... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Don Sharpless ... sound mixer
Mike Szakmeister ... sound editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Mary Albee ... stunt coordinator
Steve Kelso ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Kositchek ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Lon Massey III ... chief lighting technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jay Caplan ... costume supervisor
Buffy Snyder ... costume supervisor
Eilish Zebrasky ... costume supervisor: Ms. Lansbury (as Eilish)

Location Management

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Jim McClafferty ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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John Addison ... composer: theme
Laurie Higgins Tobias ... supervising music editor

Transportation Department

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Dave Busick ... set mechanic
Robert 'Bob' Routhieaux ... driver: production designer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Desi Scarpone ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Seth's old friend, actor David North, returns to Cabot Cove to try out a play in the local playhouse. At auditions for the minor roles, Lyman Taggart gives a terrible reading but is convinced the director and North are out to get him. At dinner that night, Taggart shows up again and threatens North. Meanwhile, North's former manager Eric Benderson shows up and moves in. As Seth tries to reassure a hard-drinking North, Taggart tries to enlist Jessica's help to get him in the play, and threatens her when she brushes him off. When Taggart crashes a cast party, Benderson throws him out. Later, Seth finds Benderson injured in the theater, and he later dies. Taggart comes out of a room at the Lighthouse Motel, and as Sheriff Metzger chases him, Jessica notices the motel room is burning. Jessica thinks North might be in danger and they rush to his hotel, where they smell gas and Metzger pulls an unconscious North out of his room. Jessica and Seth think it was an attempted suicide. Jessica comes to the theater to catch the conscience of the murderer with new pages to the play. Written by mama.sylvia

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  • Final Curtain (United States)
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  • 47 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This is one of 8 episodes of Murder in which Bradford Dillman appeared. He got his big break when he was cast as one of the "thrill killers" in Compulsion, loosely based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, in which two upperclass young men abducted and murdered a young boy merely to see if they could get away with it. See more »

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