Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Threshold of Fear 

Jessica helps a neighbor in her New York building who has a phobia about leaving her apartment since she saw her mother murdered five years ago.


Vincent McEveety


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Eddie Barth ... Richie Kanpinski
Andrew Bloch ... Ben Gotler
Herb Edelman ... NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber (as Herbert Edelman)
Tom Isbell Tom Isbell ... Detective Grady
Margot Kidder ... Dr. Ellen Holden
David Lansbury ... Peter Morgan
Cynthia Nixon ... Alice Morgan
Jamie Rose ... Laura Martin
David Soul ... Jordan Barnett
Michael Zelniker ... Henry Phelps
Joy Claussen Joy Claussen ... Female Patient
Dave Fennoy ... T.V. Interviewer
Whitney Rydbeck ... Medical Examiner
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Mrs. Eddington


In New York, Alice Morgan never leaves her apartment, haunted by dreams of her mother's murder five years earlier. When she sees the dream-murderer, architect Jordan Barnett, on television, she is terrified. When he comes to her door, she is convinced he did murder her mother. Alice's psychiatrist seems mostly interested in insulating her from other people. When Barnett is killed, is Alice out of danger, or in even more danger? Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Angela Lansbury and Cynthia Nixon have played together again in the movie "The Love She Sought" (1990). See more »


[first lines]
Richie Kanpinski: Good morning, Mrs. Fletcher. Express Mail.
Jessica Fletcher: Thank you, Richie.
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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An agoraphobic neighbor
16 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this Murder She Wrote episode doorman Eddie Barth gets Jessica Fletcher involved in the affairs of shut in fellow tenant Cynthia Nixon. Ever since the murder of her mother the girl has been plagued by a recurrent nightmare involving that night.

It all comes back when she spots architect David Soul on television as a face from her dream. Angela Lansbury succeeds in getting that unsolved murder out of cold case. Later though the NYPD has a fresh murder to solve when Soul turns up stabbed to death.

Really though this episode owes so much to the Alfred Hitchcock classic Spellbound. In less time than it took Ingrid Bergman to cure Gregory Peck, Lansbury solves the old and new murder and gift wraps the solution for her friend Lt. Herb Edelman.

Note also there is a nice performance by bottom feeding psychiatrist Margot Kidder whom we just lost. And to keep things up to date, Cynthia Nixon is currently running for governor of New York.

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28 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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