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Paint Me a Murder 

The birthday celebration for a renowned Mediterranean artist is cut short when the guest of honor winds up dead.


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Fernando Allende ... Miguel Santana
Capucine ... Belle Chaney
Judy Geeson ... Elaine McComber
Robert Goulet ... Willard Kaufmann
Stewart Granger ... Sir John Landry
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Stefan Conrad
Ron Moody ... Insp. Henry Kyle
Cristina Raines ... Margo Santana
Cesar Romero ... Diego Santana
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Antonio
Alma Beltran ... Rosa


Famous painter Diego Santana celebrates his sixtieth birthday on his Mediterranean island retreat with his second wife, ex, son Miguel, daughter, protégé and a few friends. He is nearly killed by a massive flower pot thrown down by a left-handed shadow, and asks Jessica, who arrives the next morning by helicopter with gallery keeper Sir John Landry, to investigate in secret, helped by first batch guest police inspector Henry Kyle, but Diego is soon killed on a walk with his own crossbow, the weapon son Miguel excels at, who took another guest, art collector in financial trouble Willard Kaufmann, to the mainland after a heart attack. Then arson destroys Diego's latest paintings, who were tripled in value by his death... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Capucine (Belle Chaney) and Stewart Granger (Sir John Landry) previously starred together in North to Alaska (1960). See more »


When Sir John tells Jessica about a sighting of a suspect, he mentions it was April at the Epsom derby meeting. The Epsom Derby is traditionally early June and never in April. See more »


[first lines]
Diego Santana: Bravo, Pedro. Ohh. The finest donkey I've ever seen. I think, perhaps, uh, the legs are a bit short, huh?
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A superb cast play out a brilliant mystery.
12 November 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Diego Santana, a fabulously talented artist is set to become a Sexagenarian, to celebrate his birthday, he's invited his friends and family to his house in the Mediterranean, among his guests are Jessica Fletcher, wife Margo, ex wife Belle and Henry Kyle. A series of accidents occur, and soon enough an accident proves fatal.

This is a sumptuous episode, I'm reminded by 1974, a plane bringing in guests to a remote island, there are similarities. The scenery is exquisite, giving the episode a definite quality. One of the best assembled casts you'll ever see on a TV drama, a standout performance from Stewart Granger, with Ron Moody and Judy Geeson supporting incredibly well also.

Big money was spent on this episode, and it shows, it's not my favourite story from the first season, I'd put Murder takes the bus at the top, but Paint me a Murder is at the highest end of the list.

A clever mystery, with a surprising conclusion, plenty of red herrings and suspects. This is a classy episode. 9/10

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