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"City Confidential" Malibu: The Murder of Good Time Charlie (2001)

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Coury Turczyn (writer)
Original Air Date:
29 August 2001 (Season 5, Episode 2)
In 1995, a beautiful rocket scientist-turned-stripper, Suzette McClure, killed her womanizing record promoter boyfriend, Charlie Minor, after finding him in bed with another woman. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Tom Hasse ... Himself - Mayor
Joan House ... Herself - Resident
Marty Cooper ... Himself - Resident
Shelley Merrick ... Herself - Resident
Jay Bernstein ... Himself - Agent
Jesus Garber ... Himself - Record Promoter
Arabella Johannes ... Herself - Charlie's Former Assistant
Steve Resnick ... Himself - Record Promoter
Roy Trakin ... Himself - Friend

Danitza Kingsley ... Herself - Ex-wife (as Danica Perez)
Dean Gettleson ... Himself - Fantasy Island Owner
Verah Bradford ... Herself - Attorney
Eddy Kerkhofs ... Himself - Le Dome Owner
Averi Torres ... Herself - Psychic
Frank Merriman ... Himself - Los Angeles County Police Department
Susan Coleman ... Herself - Los Angeles County Police Department
Paul Mondry ... Himself - Los Angeles County Police Department
Mary Hanlon Stone ... Herself - Attorney

Episode Crew
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Coury Turczyn  writer

Produced by
Deborah Allen .... coordinating producer (as Deborah Dawkins)
Brad Kurtz .... post producer
Stephen Land .... executive producer
Geoffrey Proud .... executive producer
Dave Wallach .... producer
Zak Weisfeld .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Brian Langsbard 
Cinematography by
Eric Futrell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ryan Hardison 
Production Management
Justina McClellan .... production manager
Sound Department
Tom Backus .... location sound
Tom Backus .... re-recording mixer
Jim Rogers .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Backus .... additional photography
Ed Richardson .... gaffer
Music Department
Brian Langsbard .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Catherine Dyer .... production coordinator
Trisha McCoy .... accountant
Jennifer Pauley .... production assistant
Victoria Raschke .... production assistant
Steve Resnick .... archive source
Scotti Spencer .... production assistant
Michelle Weiss .... production assistant
Paul Winfield .... narrator
Tom Hasse .... special thanks
Shelly Merrick .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Gratz  writer

Produced by
Michael Hart .... producer (2004)
David Lane .... associate producer
David Madison .... producer (2004)
Mike Mart .... producer (2004)
Melissa May .... producer (2004)
Brian O'Connor .... associate producer (2004)
Victoria Raschke .... associate producer (2003)
David Wallach .... producer (2003)
Original Music by
Justin Melland 
Film Editing by
Daniel Callis 
Visual Effects by
James P. Hilton .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James P. Hilton .... grip
Other crew
Maryellen Cox .... production executive (2003)
Sara Huddleston .... series coordinator
Ryan Moran .... production assistant

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Good Times End Suddenly For Charlie & 'Surf City', 14 June 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from Lockport, NY, United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The sign at the town limits says "Malibu - 27 Miles Of Scenic Beauty."

Well, the area might not be modest but who's to argue about the beauty? Malibu, as pointed out in the show, was beautiful years ago and it's still very scenic, even if more people are building houses each day. This episode is as much about the town of Malibu as much as it is the crime story. There really isn't a whole lot to discuss concerning the crime, anyway. A woman shot a well-known record producer and was caught within hours and then pleaded guilty at the last minute after trial delays. (More on that later.)

Malibu is about as star-studded in its scenery as it is in the many movie celebrities and bigwigs who live there. There are no big businesses to dominate or pollute the landscape as you see right to the east of it in Los Angeles. Yes, Malibu is just a 27-mile ocean strip of mansions and beaches and some pricey restaurants. It's the home of surfers, too, of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Gidget and all the other faired-haired sights and sounds who helped put Malibu "on the map" in the 1950s and 1960s.

Speaking of sounds, "Good Time" Charlie Minor was having a good time in the area, too. After graduating from college in Georgia and moving west, Charlie began a big, big success in the music business. He helped a lot of famous singers, it's noted here, working tirelessly to make sure DJs played their records. Minor would make up to 600 phone calls a day, if necessary.

Unfortunately, he also got caught up with some of the "perks" of the business that brings down many a celebrity: woman, booze and drugs; a lifestyle a little too long on material things and shallow relationships. It caught up with Charlie when he dumped an ex-stripper who turned ultimate scorned woman who wound up pumping nine bullets into his body one day in the mid '90s. The innocence of "Surf City, U.S.A.," had officially been lost. Come back, Jan & Dean!

The killer, Suzette McClure, didn't do much to hide her crime, leaving her driver's license at the scene of the crime! Her attorney, naturally, blamed the killing on others, saying her client was just a victim. How many times have you heard that from defense attorneys? That plea was going nowhere and, after two years of haggling, McClure stunned everyone by pleading to a second-degree murder charge just before the trial was going to begin. The most disappointed people were the vultures of the press, who loved all the dirt that had gone on about the music business.

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