Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Sing a Song of Murder 

Jessica is devastated to learn her cousin Emma's untimely passing, but when she arrives in London she learns that Emma isn't dead after all, but has been in hiding after threats on her life.

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Jessica Fletcher / Emma McGill
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Violet Weems
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Kitty Trumbull
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Insp. Roger Crimmins
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Bridget O'Hara
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Oliver Trumbull
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Danny Briggs (as Greg Martyn)
Kristoffer Tabori ...
Ernest Fielding
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Archie Weems
Gillian Eaton ...
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Terrence Scammell ...
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Richard Davies ...
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Neil Hunt ...
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John Straightley ...
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David Grant Hayward ...
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Jessica's redheaded British cousin Emma McGill has her fly over to London to attend her 'funeral' as requested by last will, but actually it's a staged car accident so they can sleuth who is behind three incidents Emma considers but can't prove to be murder attempts, in her view for ownership of her old-fashioned Mayhew music hall, which is in financial trouble but valuable if sold -would be-buyers even awaited Jessica at the airport-, half of the profits would go to her late co-founder's wimpy son Archie Weems and his greedy spouse Violet. Jessica turns to a Scotland Yard friend but as he is on holiday confides in his colleague Inspector Roger Crimmins, who plays along so the suspects can be examined. While they approach Emma's London apartment, Mayhem dresser Bridget O'Hara leaves it and is fatally struck by a fast car, possibly because she was dressed like Emma in a coat promised to her; Emma admits she left a reassuring message to her old friend, has-been Shakespearian actor ... Written by KGF Vissers

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27 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Reunites Angela Lansbury with Glynis Johns, her co-star in The Court Jester, and with Olivia Hussey who played her daughter in Death On The Nile. See more »

Goofs

A 1957 Mk1 Jaguar is clearly marked up as a Police car. Although the Police have used Jaguars as police cars this particular model would be too dated for them to use here. See more »

Quotes

Danny Briggs: I've got people to answer to. People who'll peel away my hide if I don't deliver.
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References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

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Murderous mayhem in London
20 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Sing a Song of Murder" may not be a season 2 highlight or one of the best episodes of 'Murder She Wrote', but it is hardly a stinker. Flaws and all, it's a lot of fun. Yes, London is basically a low-budget back-lot set and most of the accents are wretched, lacking authenticity and played too broadly, Patrick Macnee in particular sounds odd and Kristofer Tabori's is somewhat ambiguous.

While most of the performances are good, regardless of the accents, Olivia Hussey is wooden and Kenneth Dazinger has little to do as a character that gets practically lost amongst everything else.

However, "Sing a Song of Murder" is very nicely shot and there are as ever some attractive and nostalgia-inducing fashions. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable, while the story is fun and easy to follow if not exactly surprising by the end, there are some nice twists though.

Angela Lansbury is terrific as both her characters, with a great entertaining contrast in Emma. Barrie Ingham fares best in support, while Macnee is charming even with the accent and Glynnis Johns is good likable value.

Overall, not great but fun. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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