Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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If the Frame Fits 

Jessica is spending her holidays with an old friend Lloyd Marcus. His daughter is found murdered in her apartment and her husband Donald, becomes the prime suspect.


Paul Lynch


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Deborah Adair ... Ellen Davis
Christopher Allport ... Donald Granger
John de Lancie ... Binky Holborn
Cliff Gorman ... Police Chief Cooper
Gordon Jump ... Frank Tilley
Norman Lloyd ... Lloyd Marcus
Audrey Meadows ... Mildred Tilley
Andra Millian Andra Millian ... Sabrina Marcus
Aubrey Morris ... Forbes
Anne Schedeen ... Julia Granger
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Young Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Gaspar Lorenzo Gaspar ... Doctor


Just when Jessica visits her Cedar Heighs senior friend Lloyd Marcus, who insists to show her a manuscript 'from a friend' to read and comment on, the mysterious local art thief strikes again, right there on houseman Forbes's day off, as he does every few months without any witnesses. Next day they find his daughter Julia is robbed in her home, but also killed. Jessica, rather then police chief Cooper, who retired from the NYPD, investigates, examining the crime scenes, neighbors, friends, other art owners... Written by KGF Vissers

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pizza cutter | art theft | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

18 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is from the common expression "If the shoe fits, wear it" meaning the if something fits the facts, then accept it or live with it. See more »


When Jessica is sitting in the police station with her friend Lloyd Marcus, talking about Lloyd's daughter's death and how he framed someone for having murdered her, Lloyd stands up from his chair and walks around his chair and Jessica's chair. At one point he has his right hand up to his mouth as he speaks. The camera then cuts and immediately goes to a shot of him with his left hand up by his mouth and, this time, his right arm down. See more »

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Mucking up the investigation
21 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Murder She Wrote has Jessica Fletcher visiting an old and quite rich friend Norman Lloyd. He has two daughters Anne Schedeen and Ellen Davis and a son-in-law in Christopher Allport whom he despises. Allport was first with Davis but ended up marrying Schedeen. Lloyd is convinced the man is a fortune hunter and nothing more.

There's also been a string of thefts around the rich neighborhood but reported fatalities until Schedeen is found dead in her mansion. Now police chief Cliff Gorman has a murder to solve.

Lloyd is really something in this episode. So badly does he hate his son-in-law that he starts mucking up the investigation and planting clues to implicate Allport. It screws things up considerably but viewers of the show always know that Angela Lansbury will sort it all out.

Some others in the cast are Star Trek TNG's Q John DeLancie as a most gay golf pro and Gordon Jump and Audrey Meadows as the mayor of the rich town and his gossipy wife.

Lloyd is the one to watch in this story.

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