Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Snow White, Blood Red 

A massive storm results in Jessica snowed in at a ski lodge with an Olympic men's ski team and a murderer on the loose.


Vincent McEveety


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Sylvia McMasters
Eric Allan Kramer ... Gunnar Tilstrom
John Laughlin ... Mike Lowery
Barry Newman ... Ex-NYPD Lt. Ed McMasters
Tony O'Dell ... Larry McIver
Cyril O'Reilly ... John Dowd
Jamie Rose ... Anne Lowery
Emma Samms ... Pamela Leeds
Bo Svenson ... Karl Anderson
George Wyner ... Dr. Lewis
Kenny Davis ... Lead Performer
Craig Branham ... Skier
John Arndt John Arndt ... Parker


While Jessica waits for her nephew's arrival at Sable Mountain Ski Lodge, Swedish womanizing skiing top-talent Gunnar Tilstrom's refusal to compete in the world championship frustrates his trainer and Pamela Leeds who signed him to promote her company's products. Pamela tries to court charming youngster Larry McIver, as alternative. During a snow storm, an arrow from a missing crossbow kills Gunnar while he was on the slopes. Shortly after, Larry is found stripped and hanged, but arrow-killed, in the showers. Both victims were on the same world championship US team as the host, Mike Lowery, who invited them all for that weekend, his own career being cut short by an accident, and tries to cover up his wife's flirt with Gunnar. The violence continues with the stabbing of John Dowd, and an apparent attack on Jessica and NYPD Lieutenant Ed McMasters by ski trainer Karl Anderson. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Italian

Release Date:

13 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
John Dowd: Mrs. Fletcher.
Jessica Fletcher: [laughs] Johnny! You know, I had an idea that was you.
John Dowd: Your not half bad. I thought you were out of practice.
Jessica Fletcher: Well, cross-country I can handle. But downhill it was total terror all the way. I have a feeling I gonna regret this tomorrow.
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Murder at the ski lodge
7 September 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.

"Snow White, Blood Red" is both entertaining and scary, having just as much blood as it does snow with one of the show's highest ever body counts. Really enjoyed the story, which was darker and more suspenseful than usual with its touch of horror and the locker room murder is one of the most brutal on 'Murder She Wrote'. The episode, with that being said, does try to both model itself on and also seemingly imitate slasher horror films, mostly doing a good job with a great dark, suspenseful atmosphere but in trying to do both it is not always focused and one is not always quite sure what the episode is trying to do.

The acting is very good, with a terrific as always Angela Lansbury and a supporting cast that is more than up to the task. With some cast members, there occasionally seems to be two different acting styles going on, one more serious than the other, Bo Swenson for example being more professional in demeanour than Emma Samms who at times seems to be in parody mode but pretty effective in it at that. It is agreed that when it comes to 'Murder She Wrote' scream queens, Samms is definitely in the top 10.

Production values as ever are slick and stylish with a highly atmospheric setting. The music has energy and 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 thought-provoking, light-hearted and amiable. The mystery is very engaging, with an atmospheric setting, a great atmosphere and a truly satisfying climax. One does wish that the very end was less abrupt.

In conclusion, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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