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My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean 

When Jessica's recently widowed niece takes a cruise to get away from it all, a would-be murderer follows her.


Seymour Robbie


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Paul Carafotes ... Ramon, Ship's Steward
Jason Evers ... Dr. Marshall MacGill
Rosemary Forsyth ... Dr. Andrea Jeffreys Reed
Lynda Day George ... Diane Shelley
Vicki Lawrence ... Phoebe Carroll
Belinda Montgomery ... Pamela Crane
Leslie Nielsen ... Captain Daniels
Andrew Parks ... Russell Tompkins
Lawrence Pressman ... George Reed
Jo Anne Worley ... Carla Raymond (as JoAnne Worley)
Don Dubbins ... Dr. Charmichael
Byron Webster ... Maitre d'
Michael G. Hawkins Michael G. Hawkins ... Dr. Ross
Don Matheson ... Oklahoma Cowboy


After her husband Johnny's suicide over financial difficulties, Pamela Crane is treated at a sanitarium, but, to help with her recover, is allowed to make a cruise with her Aunt Jessica Fletcher. After several incidents involving things only Johnny would know, Jessica investigates trying to eliminate from the nearly 700 passengers and crew who could be responsible. Then passenger Andrea Jeffreys Reed, Johnny's biological mother, is found dead from an apparent suicide. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The title refers to the traditional Scottish ballad, "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean". See more »


[first lines]
Pamela Crane: Johnny!
Nurse: It's all right now, Pamela. I'm here. Easy now. It's all right. Lie down, dear. Lie down. It's a dream. That's all. Just a dream.
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References Murder Most Foul (1964) See more »


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Carry on Cruising....
12 November 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Jessica accompanies her niece Pamela Crane on a cruise, at the request of her brother Marshall. Plan is for Pamela to recuperate, having suffered a breakdown after the recent death of her husband. Pamela is instantly taunted from beyond the grave, incidents occurring that could only have been caused by Pamela's husband.

Carry on Cruising indeed, the episode is a definite mix of macabre and humorous. The idea that Pamela is being tormented by her dead husband is good, adding a very dark element. That is all counter balanced by the almost slapstick side, including the comedy porter, Ramon, and his comic accent, and that infamous line 'I want to show you my hoochie coochie, it could have easily been written for Sid James. Even Jessica herself stoops to comic drunken acting, which will have you in stitches.

Leslie Nielsen is a little subdued, he'd get a much better part in next year's episode 'Dead man's gold.' The episode looks wonderfully slick, great costumes, a real quality look about it.

Bags of fun. 8/10

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10 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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