Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Paint Me a Murder 

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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 the helicopter lands and takes off, it would have taken several minutes for the blades to stop and start rotating; the edits make it appear that the blades stop and then restart almost instantaneously. (at appr 12 mins) 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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Murder in the Mediterranean
11 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

Along with "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes", "Lovers and Other Killers", "Hit Run and Homicide" and "Death Casts a Spell", as far as the previous episodes go, "Paint Me a Murder" for me is one of the best Season 1 episodes. One of my favourite episodes of the show, being one of the show's most visually beautiful and with one of its best casts.

"Paint Me a Murder", as said, not only looks good, it's one of the most visually beautiful episodes of 'Murder She Wrote' and certainly the best-looking Season 1 episode. Not because of the photography, which is very nicely done, but the Mediterranean location which is nothing short of exquisite. Makes you want to spend a summer there. The music has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is charmingly light-hearted, gently amiable and down to earth but provokes thought too. The story is compelling, never simplistic and never confusing with some nice twists (particularly involving a suspect that disappeared early on).

Final solution is clever and easy to follow, did have a small suspicion as to who the perpetrator was but it was not a case of knowing who it was and being proved correct (didn't guess the motive either).

Angela Lansbury is terrific in one of her best remembered roles (one of the roles that is most closely associated with me at any rate). She is aided by great turns from Cesar Romero (who still looks great and very suave very late in his long career), post-Fagin Ron Moody, the beautiful Capucine and charmingly distinguished Stewart Granger. Robert Goulet was good but his screen time is relatively short.

In summary, wonderful and one of my favourites. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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