Murder, She Wrote: Season 6, Episode 14

How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying (4 Feb. 1990)

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Jessica's trip to New York City to meet with her stockbroker becomes complicated when the broker is found murdered and his secretary charged with the crime.



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Episode cast overview:
Candice Ashcroft
Sid Hooper
John Calvin ...
Philip Royce
Jerome Ashcroft
David Groh ...
Gordon Tully
Lela Ivey ...
Norma Pulaski
Rudy Bianco
Lt. Moynihan
Buddy Black
Vinny Argiro ...
Concetta D'Agnese ...
Receptionist (as Connie Danese)
Tony Brafa ...
Forensics Man


Jerome Ashcroft's Wall Street firm handles Jessica's portfolio. Secretary Norma Pulaski in fact does the job of her boss, co-founder's heir Philip Royce, who prefers golf and girls, but scorns Jerome's daughter Candice after an intimate try-out. When he's found with his skull smashed in with a golf club, all evidence points to Norma and her hunky boyfriend, baker Rudy Bianco, who found some cash NYPD lieutenant Moynihan presumes to originate from fraud in the office he charges Norma with. Jessica finds out who really embezzled, how Philip's better golf partner Buddy Black ties him to corporate raider Gordon Tully and puts it all together. Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode marks one of the last appearances for Tony Brafa. David Groh has also since passed.

Ashcroft and Royce Financial Investments brokerage firm has been handling customers for more than one generation at its Wall Street location in New York City.

Co-founder Jerome Ashcroft (Farley Granger) currently operates the corporation with the irresponsible and carefree Philip Royce (John Calvin), the son of his late shareholder partner, each of whom hold fifty percent of its stocks.

Sid Hooper (Edd Byrnes) finds his employ at Ashcroft and Royce, as its third financial adviser; Norma Pulaski (Lela Ivey) serves as secretary to Philip Royce and often covers for his absence from or tardiness with customer appointments, she knowing more about the stock market than he.

Candice Ashcroft (Morgan Brittany), with her father's (Jerome) blessing, schemes with her wiles to finagle a possible marriage proposal from Philip Royce, who plays along, while sensing Candice's motivation as stemming from a business arrangement of sorts.

Golf pro Buddy Black (Barry Van Dyke) has created a great deal of debt on behave of Philip Royce, after corporate raider Gordon Tully (David Groh) sets him up to bring down Ashcroft and Royce in his determination to take over control of the brokerage firm, by attempting to take over Philip's stock shares.

Rudy Bianco (Joe Maruzzo), a struggling bakery employee at Gino's, operated, of course, by Gino (Tony Brafa), is engaged to Norma Pulaski, in a Grady/Donna "what can go wrong does go wrong" type of relationship, because many things begin to melt down on Wall Street when Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) comes to town, to meet with Norma, after Jessica's investment adviser, Philip Royce fails to show for their meeting.

Jessica becomes immediately impressed with Norma, who, not unlike fiancé Rudy, is suspected of murder when a body is discovered, bludgeoned by a golf club, and Rudy is left holding a sack of currency Lieutenant Moynihan (Kevin Tighe) leads the subsequent investigation, with Jessica's assistance, as they learn first hand inside information about "How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying."

The cast is rounded out by Vinny Argiro as Super, Connie Danese as Receptionist, Rob Narita as Forensics Man, and Nigel Gibbs as Policeman.

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