Jessica investigates the possibility that a recent parolee went to jail for a crime he didn't commit.


(as Michael Lynch)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sydney Jarvis, Jr.
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Dorothy Hearn Davis
Debbie Zipp ...
Emory Bass ...
Russ Marin ...
Lt. Sharp
Mark Pilon ...
Male Secretary
Cynthia Leighton ...


When Jessica is pampered in the luxury suite of a hotel, she's approached shyly by restaurant employee Georgia Wilson, whose husband, accountant Sam, was recently released after 30 years jail, assuring he was framed for the shooting of his boss Richard Jarvis, who actually offered Sam his last $10,000 for help when his firm went bust, to make his suicide look like armed robbery so the insurance would pay the Jarvis family a fortune, only someone else really killed him. Their son Rob Wilson became a cop hoping to help his father, now puts all his experience at her disposal. While she, Rob and the now retired police Lt. Webb re-examine the forensics as well as the means, opportunities and motives of surviving members of both families, someone in the know shoots at Jessica with a matching bullet, but must have missed willingly. At least she puzzles the pieces of both shootings together and traps the perpetrators, but... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 April 1987 (USA)  »

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This was Debbie Zipp's first appearance on the show. Of course, in her later appearances she would play Grady's fiancée/wife Donna. See more »


Retired Lt. Richard Webb: I thought she was playing bedsheet bingo with the boss.
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Edited from Strange Bargain (1949) See more »

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One of the most interesting episodes
4 July 2007 | by (Great Bend, KS) – See all my reviews

I just saw a rerun of this episode, and do not remember ever seeing it at the time it was originally released. However, I was impressed with the theme of this particular episode. As a long-time fan of 1940's and 1950's actors and actresses, I could tell almost immediately that clips from an old show or movie had been "woven" into the plot of this episode. I have never seen the 1949 movie, for which this "ending" was created -- but after watching this Murder, She Wrote episode, I now want to see the original movie. I bet it was a GREAT thriller of the past! I recommend this particular episode, not only to Angela Lansbury fans, but to movie buffs as well!

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