Grady Fletcher invites Aunt Jessica to be his guest at a Broadway show he's doing the bookkeeping for, and meet both his girlfriend and has-been movie star Rita Bristol, whose prima donna attitude endangers the show that was to be her comeback, and the launch of daughter Patti Bristol. They all dine with others including son Barry Bristol, director Marc Faber and banker Si Parrish, the principal investor. On the way home, Patti is shot in the spine by street mugger Manny Farkus, who gets a fatal bullet from Barry. To Barry's surprise, the show isn't canceled, but director Marc Faber has L.A. star Lonnie Valerian flown in to take over recovering-Patti's part. N.Y.P.D. Detective Sergeant Moreno didn't feel the need for investigating further, confident he had his shooter, but Jessica digs into the past and present of the Bristol family, the members of the play's production, and the mugger who she recognizes as unemployed actor Morley Farmer and some New York street witnesses.
KGF Vissers/edited by canadazbest
Did You Know?
At the beginning of Murder, She Wrote: Broadway Malady
(1985), 63 year old Rita Bristol is watching the projected black and white movie that she says is Moon Over Rio. That movie's scene is actually from the technicolor movie Three Little Girls in Blue
(1946), and 24 year old Vivian Blaine
, wearing a light blue dress, is singing "Somewhere in the Night" (Music by Josef Myrow, Lyrics by Mack Gordon). Although the movie was not released until September 1946, in April 1946 25 year old Betty Jane Rhodes
also recorded Somewhere in the Night. See more
While talking to the Lew Feldman ( Milton Berle
), Jessica makes an off-hand remark, and Lew asks her to repeat it. She replies, "Oh, I was just talking out loud." Clearly she means "I was just thinking out loud." See more
[Rita is watching an old movie when Rita walks in
"Holiday in San Jose", right?
"Moon Over Rio". And look at me.
Oh, I was always a pushover for that bilge we cranked out, even while we were doing it. Were we ever that innocent?
Thanks, But I've Been There
Performed by Lorna Luft See more