A alleged Twain manuscript begets greed, deception, arson, and murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Louise Barlow
Lawrence Erlich
Professor Chandler Fitzpatrick
Lindsey Barlow
Constantin Stavros
Stephen Prutting ...
Sergeant Oliver
Russ Marin ...
Book Lover
Lewis Dauber ...
Daniel Namath ...
Maitre D'


Master forger Lawrence Erlich presents to a New york congress of Twain adepts an alleged new manuscript, 'Wild, wicked wench', authentic according to leading expert professor Chandler Fitzpatrick. After it's authenticated on his authority and accepted for $5,000,000 by his insurance company, Dennis Stanton sets out to have that disproved. The manuscript is destroyed in a fire. Expert Constantin Stavros leaves a message he found the answer, but is killed. He left a literary clue, which NYPD lieutenant Catalano assumes to indicate adultery. Stanton later realizes the more intricate meaning and sets a cunning trap, with a twist after a suspicious second death. Written by KGF Vissers

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fire | arson | adultery | forgery | fall | See All (8) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Jessica Fletcher only features briefly in this episode. See more »


References The Great Train Robbery (1978) See more »

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A Disappointment for Jessica Fletcher Fans
8 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Angela Landsbury makes a brief appearance and then disappears. We are left with the character of Dennis Stanton, insurance investigator. Even with Keith Michell and Roy Dotrice, the story falls flat. It revolves around a forged manuscript, allegedly written by Mark Twain, (ridiculously entitled 'Wild, wicked wench'). The manuscript is authenticated and on display, about to go on auction when it's conveniently destroyed by a fire. Dennis Stanton (Michell) investigates since it's his company that insured the manuscript for 5 million.

I don't know if Angela Landsbury had to be absent for another commitment or they were trying to create a spin-off. But it doesn't work.

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