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"Murder, She Wrote" The Family Jewels (1990)

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Original Air Date:
4 November 1990 (Season 7, Episode 5)
Jessica's night at a political fund-raiser turns to murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Joey Aresco ... Rocco Pastolino

John Considine ... Porter Finley III

Mike Farrell ... Drew Borden

Stanley Kamel ... Sid Staples
Jonna Lee ... Margaret Gable

Howard McGillin ... Charles Lockner

Charles Rocket ... Lt. Stuyvesant

Brenda Vaccaro ... Sheila Kowalski Finley

Richard Davalos ... D.L. Beaumont
Doug Mears ... Arthur Morris
Deborah Benson ... Barbara Loring

Pamela Roylance ... Olivia
Diana Lewis ... TV Newscaster
Michael Halpin ... Technician
Forrest Witt ... Reporter #1

Marcy Goldman ... Reporter #2

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

Tom Sawyer (written by)

Produced by
Peter S. Fischer .... executive producer
Anthony Magro .... associate producer (as Anthony J. Magro)
Robert F. O'Neill .... supervising producer
Robert E. Swanson .... producer
Robert Van Scoyk .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Markowitz 
Cinematography by
John Elsenbach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Donald Douglas 
Casting by
Ron Stephenson 
Production Design by
Hub Braden 
Set Decoration by
Robert Wingo 
Production Management
Al Kraus .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph A. Ingraffia .... first assistant director
Gail Seely .... second assistant director
Art Department
John P. Bruce .... set designer (uncredited)
John Hathaway .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Jillson .... set designer (uncredited)
Deland 'Dee' Lyttle .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Purdy .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Doug Vlaming .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Don Sharpless .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward C. Peters .... b dolly grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Eli Bodford Jr. .... costume supervisor
Nick Mezzanotti .... costume supervisor
Debi Orrico .... costume supervisor
Radford Polinsky .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wayne Hampton .... colorist
Location Management
Pete Juliano .... location manager (uncredited)
Jim McClafferty .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
John Addison .... composer: theme
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor
Transportation Department
Robert 'Bob' Routhieaux .... driver: production designer (uncredited)
Other crew
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
Steven Burnett .... stunts
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

47 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video rating) (2008)


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Wealthy Couple Mingles with Politicians, Jewelers and Domestic Servants for Murder, 29 November 2009
Author: WeatherViolet from United States

This episode marks the most recent appearance to date by Jonna Lee, who has been acting since 1983. Stanley Kamel, who has been acting since 1969, and Charles Rocket, who has been acting since 1980, have unfortunately since passed.

Porter Finley III (John Considine) and Sheila Kowalski Finley (Brenda Vaccaro) own a lavish residence in Westchester County, New York, complete with Maid, Margaret Gable (Jonna Lee), Chauffeur, Rocco Pastolino (Joey Aresco), and limousine in garage.

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) enters Beaumont Jewelry Shoppe in New York City, at which its management and staff, D. L. Beaumont (Richard Davalos), Arthur Morris (Doug Mears), and Charles Lockner (Howard McGillin) wait upon Sheila Kowalski Finley, whom Jessica observes slipping a diamond bracelet into her own purse.

Sheila quickly befriends Jessica, inviting her to a political fund-raiser for candidate Drew Borden (Mike Farrell) at the Finley estate; but, after Sheila exits the shoppe, Jessica reports the shoplifting incident, to which management and employees deny anything of value missing from their showcase.

Later, the jewelers explain that all that they have to do is to bill Porter Finley III for any jewelry which his social-climbing wife happens to pocket.

However Sheila also keeps another secret from her wealthy husband, her running around with Rocco the Chauffeur behind his back, while Rocco secretly makes plans to run off with the Margaret, the Finley Maid.

Guests attending the fund-raiser, along with Drew Borden, include Sid Staples the Campaign Manager (Stanley Kamel), Barbara Loring (Deborah Benson), and Olivia (Pamela Roylance), whom Drew escorts to the Finleys.

Jessica, also in attendance, observes mysterious behavior, with various attendees slipping into the corridor leading to the Finley garage. But after hearing a scream, Jessica and several others rush into the garage, where they discover a body.

Lieutenant Stuyvesant (Charles Rocket) welcomes Jessica's assistance in uncovering clues, linking the crime to activities in the Finley household, the jewelry shoppe and the political campaign, when the plot thickens with a late-night break-in, an anesthetizing with chloroform, and a theft of "The Family Jewels."

The cast is rounded out by Diana Lewis as TV Newscaster, Forrest Witt as Reporter #1, Marcy Goldman as Reporter #2, and Michael Halpin as Technician.

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