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Incident in Lot 7 

The would-be producer of the movie adaptation of Jessica's latest book dies.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Daniel Bardol Daniel Bardol ... John Cavershaw
Jackie Gayle ... Willy Montego
Henry Gibson ... Oliver Thissle
Ron Glass ... Lt. Hanrahan
Michelle Johnson ... Monica Chase
Ron Leibman ... Darryl Heyward
Lar Park-Lincoln ... Caroline Pryce (as Lar Park Lincoln)
Paula Prentiss ... Leonora Holt
Stuart Whitman ... Ben Miller
Larry Carroll ... Anchorman
Christina Rich Christina Rich ... Policewoman


Universal Studio bosses invite Jessica to plan a movie adaptation of her recent novel Messengers at Midnight, to be adapted for the screen by John Cavershaw. Producer Darryl Heyward accepts her objections to mutilating a true story, dumps John, actress mistress Monica Chase and most of the production team. Then he's clobbered to death in the Hitchcock Psycho house, where Jessica noticed someone hiding earlier after Willy Montego showed her around speculating general belief can make something evil. Jessica works out potentially motivating Hollywood interests. She finds weird fan Oliver Thissle, who claims he hid on the murder night in the Bates house and snoops there to set a trap. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica investigates a murder on the set of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). In the opening credits there is a burst of the theme tune from Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and a man that looks like Hitchcock crosses the street. This is a nod to the cameos that Hitchcock made in most of his films. See more »


When Jessica confronts the killer in the Bates' Motel, they stand in front of the bed. In the upper left corner of the screen, we can see the cue cards moving as they are being changed. A chair in foreground partially obscures this, but it is visible for a split second, and among the writing we can clearly see "NTED". The picture cuts away for a while to flashbacks. When we return to the motel room, we can see the cue cards once again. See more »


[first lines]
Caroline Pryce: Mrs. Fletcher.
Jessica Fletcher: Yes.
Caroline Pryce: Caroline Pryce.
Jessica Fletcher: Oh, yes, of course.
Caroline Pryce: We spoke on the phone.
Jessica Fletcher: Yes, how nice to meet you at last.
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References Winchester '73 (1950) See more »

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"Psycho" revisited
31 October 2009 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

This episode marks one of the last appearance by, and final television role for, Jackie Gayle, who endured a long career as a night club comic, and who began to perform in film and on television in 1969. Henry Gibson has also since passed.

When Universal Studios, in Hollywood, California, sets to adapt the non-fiction novel "Messengers of Midnight" to the screen, they welcome its author, Jessica "J.B." Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to tour the facility.

Jessica meets Production Head Ben Miller (Stuart Whitman) on the lot before Secretary Caroline Pryce (Lar Park-Lincoln) ushers her to a meeting with self-serving Producer Darryl Heyward (Ron Leibman), his Agent Willy Montego (Jackie Gayle), and Screenwriter John Cavershaw (Daniel Bardol), who plans to embellish the script with automobile chases and fact changes, to Jessica's objections, until she convinces him otherwise.

Actress Leonora Holt (Paula Prentiss) is cast to play the role patterned after J.B. Fletcher and, therefore, requests plenty of time with Jessica to capture her character and mannerisms, sprinkling a few clichés along the way, to Jessica's surprise. Leonora demands of Darryl that he not hire the unseen actor Kevin Mason to co-star opposite her, but Darryl goes behind her back after promising to respect Leonora's wishes.

Monica Chase (Michelle Johnson), a woman whom Darryl has been seeing during his unexplained absences from the studio, has been given favors for her husband's benefit in exchange for seeing Darryl, but now that Darryl dumps her, Monica seeks revenge.

Oliver Thissle (Henry Gibson) sneaks onto the Universal Studios lot via a plant nursery truck, and into the Bates Hotel (the setting of the 1960 Hitchcock Thriller "Psycho") building atop a hill on Lot 7, before Ben Miller gives Jessica a tour of its exterior premises. He later sneaks into Leonora's office, drawing a prop pistol.

But after Darryl returns from ditching Monica, he returns to the Studios to fire Willy Montego, in the commissary, and to usurp Ben Miller's position as Head of Productions, on a sound stage.

When Jessica returns to enter the Bates Hotel, to discover a body in a pool of blood, Lieutenant Hanrahan (Ron Glass) is summoned to investigate this "Incident in Lot 7."

The cast is rounded out by Police Woman (Christina Rich) and T.V. Anchorman (Larry Carroll), who also broadcasts by the name "Larry" as he reports the murder in Tinseltown, customary to his acting forte.

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