Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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Dial M for Murdoch 

A telephone operator with ambitions to be a detective believes she's heard a woman strangled on an open line but Brackenreid is reluctant to believe her.


Leslie Hope


Bob Carney (developed by) (as R.B. Carney), Cal Coons (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Yannick Bisson ... Detective William Murdoch
Helene Joy ... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Thomas Craig ... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris ... Constable George Crabtree
Lachlan Murdoch ... Constable Henry Higgins
Rachel Wilson ... Tess Moffatt
Graham Abbey ... Isaac Lowe
Jason Spevack ... Dorrie
Geoffrey Pounsett ... Mr. Whittaker
Wayne Ward Wayne Ward ... Jason Lawrence
Scott Edgecombe Scott Edgecombe ... Randolph Phillips
Lisa Merchant Lisa Merchant ... Mrs. Handsworth
Lindsay Kyte Lindsay Kyte ... Telephone Operator (as Lindsay Kate)


Det. Murdoch and Const. Crabtree investigate the murder of a street urchin who they subsequently learn went by the name of Pip. Dr. Ogden determines that the boy was strangled with something that left a unique mark on the his neck. She also notes that he was wearing a proper and quite new suit of clothes, something odd for a boy who lived on the street. Their investigation leads them to another young boy named Dorrie. It seems pretty clear that the children are the bottom rung of a gang that specializes in burglarizing homes while the occupants are away on holidays or business trips. The police are assisted throughout by a young telephone operator, Tess Moffatt, who would love to be an investigator. Meanwhile Inspector Brackenreid hits the campaign trail in his quest for a seat on city council. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

27 July 2011 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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This episode takes place in 1898. See more »


[first lines]
Voice on Telephone: [gasps] Help.
Voice on Telephone: Help.
Voice on Telephone: Help.
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References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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Street kids involved in stealing jewels
5 April 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

A phone operator, Miss Moffatt, gets a call from some one involved in an emergency. She thinks it is a female being strangled and goes to the police station. Inspector Brackenreid does not believe her. She has a investigative nature and Brankenreid says she reported other things that did not happen.

The police find the body of a dead boy in an alley by a man who is later found dead. Miss Moffatt gives Officer Crabtree the telephone number where the emergency call came from. Murdoch goes to the house and finds blood by the phone but no body. The dead boy looks like he was strangled and Murdoch goes back to the house when the owner returns. The owner said nothing is missing. Murdoch notices a damaged phone cord, takes it to the coroner and finds out the boy was strangled by this phone cord.

This story is about adults using children to break into houses when people are on vacation. The boys are poor and are like homeless street kids. They get instructions by phone to find out what house they have to burglarize.

This part is unusual, Murdoch sets up wires at the police station to monitor the phone calls and also record the calls made from a certain phone number, in our time we we would call it "tapping" someone's phone.

During the mean time Brackenreid is preparing to run for Alderman and his goal is to make people like him.

The murders are solved in time for Brackenreid to look good. Miss Moffatt is like a Agatha Christy type and decides she want to start her own investigative agency.

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