Murder, She Wrote: Season 1, Episode 4

It's a Dog's Life (4 Nov. 1984)

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There's in-fighting and backstabbing galore when a millionaire snubs his family and leaves most of his estate to a dog.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cathryn Damon ...
Morgana Cramer
Marcus Boswell
Lenore Kasdorf ...
Trish Langley
Spencer Langley
Roger Miller ...
Denton Langley
Tom Cassidy
Isaiah Potts
Echo Cramer
Deputy Will Roxie
Sandy Ward ...
Robert Cornthwaite ...


While Jessica attends a hunting party, someone tampers in the stables with the normally quiet horse of the rich host, Denton Langley, which suddenly goes wild and causes him to have a fatal fall, yet the drug test Jessica suggests is negative. The will on videotape gives his shocked relatives and estate staff peanuts, $15,000,000 goes to Denton's pet hound Teddy, who is shortly after found drugged after biting old local Isaiah Potts. Family lawyer Marcus Boswell, who is constantly called by his broker, is challenged by the human heirs' lawyer on account of the dog's mental competence. Then Trish Langley is found killed by the security gate, the button which operates it from security guard Barnes's closed room has Teddy's paw print on it, he must have been trained to do do. Jessica works out precisely what ties in, how, and what doesn't.. Written by KGF Vissers

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4 November 1984 (USA)  »

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In the first party scene, spike marks can be seen on the floor as Jessica and Denton walk across the room. See more »


Marcus Boswell: Let me tell you something, Spencer. You are talking about a perfectly-normal dog as if he's possessed. You've been seeing too many Stephen King movies.
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There's where the Horses and the Dogs and the Swindlers Slay
28 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This time around, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) pays a visit to dear cousin Abby Benton Freestone (Lynn Redgrave), a Trainer at the Langley Estate, in Greenville, Virginia.

Abby tends to the stable of horses for the fox hunt, as well as the forlorn canine, Teddy, who relishes her affection.

Members of the family consist of the widowed Denton Langley (Dan O'Herlihy) and his irresponsible offspring: eccentric daughter, Morgana Cramer (Cathryn Damon); semi-ambitious son, Spencer Langley (Jared Martin); carefree daughter, Trish Langley (Lenore Kasdorf); and Morgana's rebellious daughter, Echo Cramer (Cherie Currie).

Associates of the Langley clan include fellow fox hunter Tom Cassidy (Forrest Tucker), shrewd attorney Marcus Boswell (Dean Jones), complaisant Veterinarian (James Hampton), feuding neighbor Isaiah Potts (Gregory Walcott), and Security Guard Barnes (Sandy Ward).

And when a videotaped will reveals that Teddy, the family pet, is named as heir to the estate, this creates strong reaction, intense objection and fierce suspicion.

As the plot unfolds, we begin to observe that murders follow Jessica wherever she may visit, but here in Greenville, a horse and Teddy the canine become primary suspects, as Jessica investigates with Sheriff (Roger Miller), Deputy Will Roxie (Byron Cherry) and Greenville Coroner (Robert Cornthwaite), before whom she presents an elaborate demonstration at the inquest, with various suspects in attendance.

Hence, whether or not "It's a Dog's Life" remains to be seen.

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