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The Secret of Gila Junction 

When Jessica's friend Norma asks her to come to Gila Junction, Jessica is roped into helping Norma investigate a possible conspiracy while a rumored treasure may have led to a murder.


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:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lawrence Bayne ... George Creech
Guy Boyd ... Whitey Deaver
Dorothy Lyman ... Norma Shey
Maya McLaughlin ... Deena Harding
Robert Rusler ... Pete Menteer
Douglas Roberts ... Tiny Kerns
Bo Svenson ... Cal Harding
Jay Underwood ... Spencer
Kari Whitman ... Marge Deaver
Bruce Ed Morrow ... Corley Thompson (as Bruce E. Morrow)
Biff Yeager ... Todd Hawkins
Paul Ivy ... Lawson Parks
Robert Seals ... Highway Patrolman
Dale Swann ... Bus Driver


In Gila Junction, Arizona Jessica Fletcher is visiting her friend Norma Shey when the local Sheriff, Spencer, receives a call saying they've found Norma's SUV in a ditch with no one inside. She's okay but it's clear that someone took a shot at her, blowing out a tire. Norma has been doing research on a possible cover-up at an old military base and suspects someone is trying to silence her. Spencer soon has a murder to solve when Whitey Deaver is shot. There have been a number of armed robberies in the area by someone dubbed the truck stop bandit and Tiny Kerns may have found the thief's loot. Jessica thinks she knows who the truck stop bandit is but someone else killed Whitey. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Todd Hawkins: All right, who's in?
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A one horse town
5 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As the old gaslight era song would have it Gila Junction, Arizona is a one horse town except that now they use pickup vehicles. Angela Lansbury is here to visit her old friend, fabled war correspondent Dorothy Lyman who feels she's on to a story about nuclear contamination in the area. She's injured and needs Lansbury to be legs and run down some leads.

Of more immediate concern to the local law is the apprehension of the 'Truck Stop' bandit who's been robbing locals and travelers. When one of the local characters Douglas Roberts is murdered local law, county law, and state law have a piece of this.

I have to say I was surprised at the murderer here. Still it was the only logical conclusion one could draw as the facts unfold.

Nice to see Dorothy Lyman in a role so vastly different than 'Skeeter' from Mama's Family. She really stands out.

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