Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Sudden Death 

Jessica uncovers the ugly side of sportsmanship when she inherits part-ownership of a football team.


Edward M. Abroms


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Beck ... Web McCord
Warren Berlinger ... Coach Pat Patillo
Dick Butkus ... Tank Mason
David Doyle ... Brad Lockwood
Caitlyn Jenner ... Zak Farrell (as Bruce Jenner)
Gary Lockwood ... Harris Talmadge
James McEachin ... Grover Dillon
Allan Miller ... Phil Kreuger
Jan Smithers ... Kathy Farrell
Tim Thomerson ... Lt. Clyde Pitts
Elizabeth Savage Elizabeth Savage ... Mavis Kreuger
Arnold F. Turner Arnold F. Turner ... Security Guard (as Arnold Turner)
Marcianne Warman Marcianne Warman ... Jill Farrell
Albert Lord Albert Lord ... Baxter


Jessica inherits from uncle Cyrus a holding company, the only asset being the crucial 4% in the Leopards professional American football team which two groups control at 48% each, and executive lawyer Brad Lockwood fails to make her sign proxy powers for it before she checks it out herself. She meets player Zak Farrell, his wife Kathy and adopted mute daughter Jill. Businessman Phil Kreuger is dead-eager to buy Jessica out for one share-holders group and move the franchise to a bigger city, coach Pat Patillo bids against him for the other group which wants to keep the team home. After a party with nearly everyone, Krueger is found drowned in the club's stadium, Zak arrested as he was seen storming in and out around the time of the murder, Jessica rather then police Lt. Clyde Pitts finds out -at peril- who else had motive and opportunity till she can set a trap... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both David Doyle and Warren Berlinger worked together on Charlie's Angels (1976). See more »


When Jessica is interpreting her discussion with Zach's daughter, she incorrectly uses the word 'love' when the word that is signed is 'like'. See more »


[first lines]
Brad Lockwood: Mrs. Fletcher. Hello. I'm Bradford Lockwood. Please let me express my condolences. Your Uncle Cyrus spoke of you so very often.
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Relaxing mysteries
18 January 2019 | by ly9898See all my reviews

I enjoy this series of mysteries, not only for the stories, but I love seeing the actors . many of the character actors and acting sports figures from 30 years ago.

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