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"Murder, She Wrote" Showdown in Saskatchewan (1988)

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Peter S. Fischer (created by) and
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Original Air Date:
10 April 1988 (Season 4, Episode 20)
Jessica's niece is smitten with a rodeo rider and refuses to believe he could have committed a murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Rosanna DeSoto ... Consuela Schaeffer (as Rosana De Soto)
Joe Dorsey ... Doc Schaeffer

Patrick Houser ... Marty Reed

Terry Kiser ... Wally Bryce

Lance LeGault ... RCMP Inspector Roger McCabe

Paul Le Mat ... Luke Purdue / Carl Mattson (as Paul LeMat)

Kristy McNichol ... Jill Morton

Larry Wilcox ... Boone Talbot

Cassie Yates ... Carla Talbot
Devon Williams ... Mona
Thomas H. Middleton ... Warden Burns
Ed McCready ... Bartender
Ron Troncatty ... P.A. Announcer
Michael Frederic ... Medic
Eileen T'Kaye ... Secretary

Lisa Long ... Flirtatious Girl

Richard Molnar ... Intern
Gerry Okuneff ... Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Conrad Hurtt ... Cop (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
Peter S. Fischer (created by) and
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Dick Nelson (written by)

Produced by
Peter S. Fischer .... executive producer
Anthony Magro .... associate producer (as Anthony J. Magro)
Robert F. O'Neill .... supervising producer
Robert Van Scoyk .... producer
Original Music by
David Bell 
Cinematography by
Robert C. Moreno (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Horger 
Production Design by
Leslie Parsons 
Art Direction by
Peter Samish  (as Peter A. Samish)
Set Decoration by
Robert Wingo 
Costume Design by
Al Lehman 
Production Management
Ronald Martinez .... unit production manager (as Ron Martinez)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allen DiGioia .... first assistant director (as Allen G. Di Gioia)
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Hathaway .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Deland 'Dee' Lyttle .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Purdy .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Cooney .... sound mixer
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jim Michaels .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ron Stephenson .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bettylee Balsam .... costume supervisor
Lambert Marks .... costume supervisor
Radford Polinsky .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wayne Hampton .... colorist
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist
Location Management
Jim McClafferty .... location manager
Pete Juliano .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
John Addison .... composer: theme
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor (as Laurie L. Higgins)
Transportation Department
Robert 'Bob' Routhieaux .... driver: production designer (uncredited)
Other crew
Philip Gerson .... story editor
Robert E. Swanson .... executive story editor
Desi Scarpone .... production assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter S. Fischer  creator
Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

Produced by
Kevin Corcoran .... assistant producer
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... key makeup artist
Rita Bellissimo .... hair stylist (as Rita Bellissimo Bordonaro)
Lori Benson .... makeup artist
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist
Gerald Solomon .... hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair department head
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Vera Yurtchuk .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen Swofford .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis G. Friedman .... assistant director
Elena Santaballa .... dga trainee
Michael-McCloud Thompson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Tom Margozewitz .... assistant property master
Sebastian Milito .... construction coordinator
Ted Wilson .... carpenter
Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Barney Cabral .... adr editor
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor
Richard Coleman .... sound recordist
Mark Kamps .... assistant sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor (1992-1994)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound editor
Anthony Milch .... sound editor (as Tony Milch)
Linda Moss .... sound editor
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor (1993-1996)
Peter Reale .... re-recording mixer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (various episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor
Special Effects by
George Zamora .... special effects coordinator
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (as Steven Burnett)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunt performer
Terry James .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Khristian Lupo .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator
Sherry Peterson .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Beaird .... key grip
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (1987)
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Keith H. Moore .... assistant camera
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... photographer: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Henderson .... head stylist
Editorial Department
Ken Latka .... film transfer colorist
Ralph A. Riccoboni .... assistant editor (1994-1996)
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Joshua Winget .... music editor (final season)
Other crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (1994)
Fred Fein .... stand-in
Betty Green .... title designer
Carolyn Hayes .... production auditor
Beth Humphreys .... legal supervisor
Mary Kara .... technical consultant (1995-1996)
Keith McNulty .... cue cards
Rod Ripley .... assistant to producers
Art Scholl .... pilot (1985)
Susan Vercelli .... production coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
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Additional Details

60 min | 47 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U (video rating) (2007)

Did You Know?

The title refers to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan which is located north of Montana and North Dakota whose name comes from the Saskatchewan River or "swift flowing river" in the Indian Cree language. The capital is Regina, its area is over 500,000 square kilometers with more than a million residents.See more »
Errors in geography: Early in the episode, a character calls Regina ( pronounced Reg-EYE-na) Reg-EEN-a, as well as Jessica and two other characters call the Ro-DEE-o by the los angeles pronunciation Ro-DAY-o. While Jessica may call it that, no one involved in Canadian rodeos ever would.See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A big secret to hide, 30 July 2017
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This episode brings Jessica Fletcher to Saskatchewan where she's keeping an eye on yet another niece who is having a fling with rodeo cowboy. Kristy McNichol is the niece and she's involved with Patrick Houser.

The rodeo's physician on call Joe Dorsey is a disreputable sort and he discovers one of the rodeo cowboys has a big secret to hide. One that gets him killed during an arson fire when the emphysema suffering doctor is killed by smoke inhalation.

Angela Lansbury assists RCMP inspector Lance LeGault in solving this case. Believe me this secret is one the perpetrator would not want getting out.

Nice rodeo atmosphere created in the story. Is there a place or a setting where Jessica Fletcher can't make herself at home?

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