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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Fletcher / Emma McGill
Violet Weems
Kitty Trumbull
Insp. Roger Crimmins
Bridget O'Hara
Oliver Trumbull
Gregory Paul Martin ...
Danny Briggs (as Greg Martyn)
Kristoffer Tabori ...
Ernest Fielding
Archie Weems
Gillian Eaton ...
Terrence Scammell ...
Director (as Terence Scammell)
Richard Davies ...
First Tough (as Richard L. Davies)
Neil Hunt ...
Second Tough
John Straightley ...
David Grant Hayward ...


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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27 October 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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False pretenses
16 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Jessica Fletcher is summoned to London under false pretenses. She's told her British cousin Emma McGill has been killed in a drowning accident and her body not recovered. But when she gets to London she meets her cousin Emma, also played by Angela Lansbury in the back seat of a limousine.

It's all a ruse cooked up by both her solicitor Kristoffer Tabori and and Scotland Yard inspector Barrie Ingham. There have been some real attempts on her life and this is their way to flush out a potential killer.

Then there's a real killing that of maid Glynis Johns and soon enough the Jessica Fletcher Angela Lansbury is ferreting out the real killer.

Some nice performances also from Patrick MacNee as cousin Emma's husband who was formerly a promising Shakespearean actor but let that all go to seed and became a music hall entertainer and permanent attraction at Emma's music hall theater which they own. Kristoffer Tabori does well as the solicitor. There was a comment made that the accent Tabori used was disingenuous. Granted Tabori isn't British born, but he's a classically trained player in the tradition of people like Vincent Price and Franchot Tone who fit right into films with a British setting.

This was a well done story with a bit of a surprise perpetrator. At least I was surprised, I definitely had my money on the wrong horse.

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