Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Hooray for Homicide 

Jessica protests when her book is turned into a tacky B-grade horror movie, and later winds up on the suspect list when the producer is murdered.

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... Jessica Fletcher
... Capt. Ethan Cragg
... Eve Crystal
... Ross Hayley
... Marta Quintessa
... Allan Gebhart (as James Mac Arthur)
... Elinor
... Norman Lester, Esq.
José Pérez ... Lt. Mike Hernandez (as Jose Perez)
... Jerry Lydecker
Morgan Stevens ... Scott Bennett
... Marty Strindberg
... Sunny Finch
Wayne Powers ... First Assistant Director
Erik Holland ... Detective Mack Brody
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When Jessica hears on TV that director-producer Jerry Lydecker is turning the movie after her respectable mystery book The Corps Danced At Midnight into cheap slash 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 intends to apologize to Lydecker, she finds him killed on he set, and becomes the only obvious suspect. Fortunately LAPD Detective Mack Brody, an amateur mystery 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 unexperienced female co-star provide several possible motives... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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28 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Jessica reveals in this episode that the "B" in J.B. Fletcher stands for Beatrice. See more »

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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 occurs does not match her lip movements. See more »

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Murder on the film set
8 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

After a great pilot episode in "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes", an interesting, decent if slightly bland "Deadly Lady" and the better if with more room to grow still "Birds of a Feather", "Hooray for Homicide" doesn't yet see 'Murder She Wrote' hit its peak while showing no signs of the first season declining. Again, "Hooray for Homicide" is likable, light-hearted fun with a mystery good enough to keep one engrossed.

Not amazing by all means. The very final scene is once again eye-rollingly cheesy, something that was a tendency for 'Murder She Wrote', and again like "Birds of a Feather" it has its predictable elements.

Once the body was discovered it was clear who the accused was going to be and even more so it is obvious from the moment they're introduced who the victim (a suitably loathsome one but also one one doesn't really get to know properly).

However, these things weren't quite enough to mar my overall enjoyment of "Hooray for Homicide". Again, it is a good-looking episode. Very nicely shot with attractive locations and fashions and a fun and atmospheric film world setting. music has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is charmingly light-hearted, gently amiable and down to earth but provokes thought too. The mystery is straightforward and compelling with a clever and not too obvious or confusing final solution and a genuinely suspenseful build up to the discovery of the body (even though one does get a feeling that would be what would happen).

"Hooray for Homicide" does a great job showing (even though it's hardly new territory) that what looks like a glamorous, fun profession is not what it seems behind the scenes. The conflicts were nicely done. There is a real cosy, amiable charm and everything is neatly tied up, and one still admires that Jessica is more than your standard female detective.

Angela Lansbury is terrific in one of her best remembered roles (one of the roles that is most closely associated with me at any rate), and the supporting cast support her competently.

In summary, another good episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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