When Jessica hears on TV that director-producer Jerry Lydecker is turning her respectable mystery book "The Corpse Danced At Midnight" into cheap junk with sex and gore, she flies to Hollywood to protest. But studio boss Marty Strindberg, who sends her a junior lawyer, and Lydecker have a contract clause she signed waving her rights to object. When Jessica returns to apologize to Lydecker, she finds him killed on the set and becomes the only obvious suspect. Fortunately, LAPD Detective Mack Brody, an amateur writer himself, has enough faith in Jessica to encourage her snooping and believe she saw evidence which disappeared during the minute she talked to the security guard. Lydecker's ruthless behavior and romantic affair with the inexperienced female co-star provide several possible motives.
Did You Know?
The title comes from the song "Hooray for Hollywood" which was first featured in the movie Hollywood Hotel
(1937) and has been used in numerous events celebrating movies, the capital of movie making, and the Academy Awards ceremony. See more
When Jessica hands Marta the water, she thanks her in a whisper, the scene repeats and Jessica hands her the water again from a wider angle. The last sentence Marta speaks before this occurs does not match her lip movements. See more
I've decided to go back to the bayonet. It's a lot cleaner.
Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison See more