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The Country Western Murders (1979)

Murder in Music City (original title)
A songwriter buys a detective agency as a tax shelter, but stumbles into a real case when a dead body turns up in suite he and his new bride are staying in.


Leo Penn


Ernest Frankel (as Ernie Frankel), Jimmy Sangster


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Bono ... Sonny Hunt
Lee Purcell ... Samantha Hunt
Lucille Benson ... Mrs. Bloom
Claude Akins ... Billy West
Belinda Montgomery ... Peggy Ann West
Morgan Fairchild ... Dana Morgan
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Chigger Wade
Harry Bellaver ... Jim Feegan
Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels ... Himself
Larry Gatlin ... Himself
Barbara Mandrell ... Herself
Ronnie Milsap ... Himself
Boots Randolph Boots Randolph ... Himself
Ray Stevens Ray Stevens ... Himself
Mel Tillis ... Himself


A songwriter buys a detective agency as a tax shelter, but stumbles into a real case when a dead body turns up in suite he and his new bride are staying in.

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Release Date:

16 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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TV movie is worth watching Sonny Bono's fame...
3 April 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

...but don't forget the real country music stars, too. Starting off as a cheesy B-grade actioner, it becomes a showcase of Sonny Bono's 45 minutes of fame. His acting lines are actually dead hilarious, outweighing the mystery and suspense that was supposed to be present. Above everything else, as with the TV movies of the past 20 years, it's very tame with a cast that would be strictly appealing to smart adults. Here's a movie where Claude "Double-A Emcee-O" Akins can actually sing while being teary-eyed at the same time. Of interest: the character names are made from the first and last names of the head cast; "Sonny Hunt" is Sonny Bono, "Dana Morgan" is Morgan Fairchild. And gosh, if only Cher replaced Lee Purcell, we would have had the ultimate "Sonny & Cher" reunion set in Music City!

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