Murder, She Wrote: Season 1, Episode 14

Paint Me a Murder (17 Feb. 1985)

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Famous painter Diego Santana celebrates his sixtieth birthday on his Mediterranean island retreat with his second wife, ex, son Miguel, daughter, protégé and a few friends. He is nearly ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Miguel Santana
Belle Chaney
Elaine McComber
Willard Kaufmann
Sir John Landry
Steven Keats ...
Stefan Conrad
Insp. Henry Kyle
Margo Santana
Diego Santana
Pepe Hern ...


Famous painter Diego Santana celebrates his sixtieth birthday on his Mediterranean island retreat with his second wife, ex, son Miguel, daughter, protégé and a few friends. He is nearly killed by a massive flower pot thrown down by a left-handed shadow, and asks Jessica, who arrives the next morning by helicopter with gallery keeper Sir John Landry, to investigate in secret, helped by first batch guest police inspector Henry Kyle, but Diego is soon killed on a walk with his own crossbow, the weapon son Miguel excels at, who took another guest, art collector in financial trouble Willard Kaufmann, to the mainland after a heart attack. Then arson destroys Diego's latest paintings, who were tripled in value by his death... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode marks the last appearance of Pepe Hern, who has acted in film and on television since 1948. Alma Beltran, appearing since 1945; Capucine, since 1949; Robert Goulet, since 1954; Stewart Granger, since 1933; Steven Keats, since 1973; and Cesar Romero, since 1933, have also unfortunately since passed.

To mark the occasion of his 60th professional anniversary, artist Diego Santana (Cesar Romero) welcomes guest to a reception at his Mediterranean island.

Diego's young second wife, Margo Santana (Cristina Raines), his son from his previous marriage, Miguel Santana (Fernando Allende), and Housekeeper Rosa (Alma Beltran) fear for Diego's safety, as a series of "accidents" overshadows the festivities.

Belle Chaney (Capucine), Sir John Landry (Stewart Granger), Elaine McComber(Judy Geeson), Willard Kaufmann (Robert Goulet), Stefan Conrad (Steven Keats) and Inspector Henry Kyle (Ron Moody) comprise the guest list, along with old friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who arrives by airplane, piloted by Antonio (Pepe Hern).

Some of the mishaps to follow include the shoving of a cement urn from the landing above, the outbreak of fire in the painting studio, a boating accident, and stray arrows flying through the woods onto a walking path.

Jessica and Inspector Kyle attempt to solve a double murder, resulting from the sabotages, by linking them to a possible motive, to determine who is determined to "Paint Me a Murder."

Extra points for the performances by Capucine, Judy Geeson, Robert Goulet and Cesar Romero.

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