Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Great Twain Robbery 

A alleged Twain manuscript begets greed, deception, arson, and murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jessica Fletcher
... Dennis Stanton
... Anna Louise Barlow
... Lawrence Erlich
... Professor Chandler Fitzpatrick
... Lindsey Barlow
... Constantin Stavros
... Robert Butler
... Lt. Catalano
... Rhoda Markowitz
Stephen Prutting ... Sergeant Oliver
Russ Marin ... Authenticator
... Book Lover
Lewis Dauber ... Duke of Nonesuch
Daniel Namath ... Maitre D'


Master forger Lawrence Erlich presents to a New york congress of Twain adepts an alleged new manuscript, 'Wild, wicked wench', authentic according to leading expert professor Chandler Fitzpatrick. After it's authenticated on his authority and accepted for $5,000,000 by his insurance company, Dennis Stanton sets out to have that disproved. The manuscript is destroyed in a fire. Expert Constantin Stavros leaves a message he found the answer, but is killed. He left a literary clue, which NYPD lieutenant Catalano assumes to indicate adultery. Stanton later realizes the more intricate meaning and sets a cunning trap, with a twist after a suspicious second death. Written by KGF Vissers

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fire | arson | adultery | forgery | fall | See All (8) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 November 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jessica Fletcher only features briefly in this episode. See more »


References The Great Train Robbery (1978) See more »

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Jessica's absent for this one
25 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Not a bad show, just that Jessica Fletcher. Is on during the first three minutes and not again after that. The lead investigator isn't particularly interesting, and has a weak voice. I guess Angela needed the occasional week off. Some insurance investigator takes this case and what sounds like a cute premise -- a questionable newly discovered Mark Twain work during a Mark Twain convention in. San Francisco -- turns out to not be that cute or memorable. David Birney is good as a smarmy literary guy and Holly Gagnier is an attractive suspect. My goodness, filling up ten lines about an uninteresting show is quite a challenge. The writers try to be clever with a couple other literary references but it's not all that clever.

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