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

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Anna Louise Barlow
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Lawrence Erlich
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Professor Chandler Fitzpatrick
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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) »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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25 November 1990 (USA)  »

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This episode is one of several in which Angela Lansbury is barely seen. Her contract renewal stipulated that the series' producers could use a certain number of storylines each season to produce what amounted to pilot episodes for potential spinoffs. This one centers on J.B. Fletcher's recurring love interest, Keith Michell, as a reformed jewel theif who now works as a sophisticated insurance investigator. It was never picked up as a full-fledged series. 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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