Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Error of Her Ways 

In Palm Springs, Jessica teams up with the local chief of police to figure out who killed a local investor and what happened to a large amount of money.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Susan Blakely ... Pauline Byrne
Katherine Cannon ... Marian Randall (as Kathy Cannon)
Paul Gleason ... Sterling Bose
Elliott Gould ... Lt. J.T. Hanna
Marilyn Jones Marilyn Jones ... Linda Dixon
Barbara Parkins ... Kay Weber
Marshall Thompson ... Ward Silloway
Louis Herthum ... Deputy Kruger
Peter MacLean Peter MacLean ... Alden
Thomas H. Middleton Thomas H. Middleton ... Dr. Melville
Elvia Allman ... Elderly Lady #1
Monty Bane ... Private Investigator
Ruth C. Engel Ruth C. Engel ... Elderly Lady #2 (as Ruth Engel)
Robin Gordon Robin Gordon ... Employee


Jessica attends the ground breaking for a real estate project (in Palm Springs) that she invested in at her accountant's advice. Her observations there cause police lieutenant J.T. Hanna to arrest Clark 's wife Marian Randall for his murder, which she denies, while the fortune he held for the project remains missing. After Marian's sister, Linda Dixon, puts up her house for bail, she commits suicide, but the combination of car-exhausts and the wrong pills prove that the suicide must have been staged. Despite Hanna's irritated instructions to butt out, Jessica sleuths on among the parties who lost in the deal such as other investors, the fired banker who approved a fat loan and future residents who put up down-payments. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yet another script by Donald Ross showing one of his trademarks: naming characters after jazz musicians. Ross, who wrote the 1972 Timex All-Star Swing Special, this time paid tribute to the Bob Crosby Orchestra, a 1930's band led by Bing Crosby's brother Bob that played a fusion of Dixieland and swing. Among the Crosby musicians paid tribute to in this show are trumpeter Sterling Bose, trombonist Ward Silloway and vocalist Kay Weber. Another character, Clark Randall, is named after a wealthy dilettante who in 1935 hired the Crosby band (before Crosby himself was involved with it) to back him as a singer on a record date. Still another character, Pauline Byrne, is named after a singer who recorded with Artie Shaw in 1940. See more »

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Jessica gets it wrong
14 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Murder She Wrote episode has Jessica Fletcher in Palm Springs where she has invested heavily in a real estate development which proves to be a scam. Angela Lansbury is not infallible and this episode breaks the pattern where it opens with Detective Elliott Gould's case falling apart. Unlike most of the law enforcement in this show he's real hostile to Lansbury's involvement having been burned.

With a lot of people losing their money there's a host of suspects and yet another murder. This time she gets it right and drags poor Gould kicking and screaming toward a solution.

Interestingly offbeat.

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