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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Hayley
Marta Quintessa
Allan Gebhart (as James Mac Arthur)
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


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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1.33 : 1
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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 occurs does not match her lip movements. See more »

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Watch out for the bought DVD
29 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This is a great episode with a great cast, and worth watching for Virginia Mayo alone. One scene and she is wonderful. But be warned, I bought the set twice to find that this one episode freezes and lock up your player. No way to get over it except to pull the plug from your player and try again. Then use fast forward search to skip through the dance sequence and for some reason it will play through the scene that locks up. This problem is also documented on the Nixpix blog. It apparently occurs on all DVD releases. Clearly no one was doing quality control at Universal and that is a great pity. The moral? If your disc freezes, don't call out a technician and waste even more money!!!!

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