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Framed for Murder 

The Tuckerbag Film Studio (in which Phryne has invested) suffers a setback when the leading actor in its Egyptian epic is killed on set. Another murder soon follows.


Peter Andrikidis


Kerry Greenwood (novel), Chris Corbett | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Essie Davis ... Phryne Fisher
Nathan Page ... Detective John 'Jack' Robinson
Hugo Johnstone-Burt ... Hugh Collins
Ashleigh Cummings ... Dorothy 'Dot' Williams
Travis McMahon Travis McMahon ... Bert
Anthony J. Sharpe ... Cec (as Anthony Sharpe)
Richard Bligh Richard Bligh ... Mr. Butler
Craig Hall ... Jefferson Clarke
Hamish Michael ... Raymond Hirsch
Jane Harber ... Clara Whiting
Richard Sutherland ... Gordon Thackaway
Stephanie King ... Lily Luscombe
James Beck James Beck ... Vernon Palmer Jnr
Alan Kieman Alan Kieman ... Donald Everton
Ben Sofowora Ben Sofowora ... Slave Leader


A journey into the twilight world of silent movies. Hollywood has a stranglehold on the Australian industry, and with 'talkies' on the way, the exotic 'Bride of Babylon' production is in serious jeopardy. With one of Phryne's oldest friends producing the movie, she has no choice but to get involved when the lead actor is murdered on set. She steps in to solve the crime and save the production, juggling the roles of principal investor and private investigator. The show must go on, and when the director is also killed, Phryne takes the reins. Written by Every Cloud Productions

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Release Date:

1 November 2013 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (silent era film footage segment)
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Did You Know?


The alleyway includes a poster for "By the Sad Sea Waves" - a ragtime opera presented by J. Sherrie Mathews & Harry Bulger (libretto) and Gustav Luders (music), c1898, featuring songs by J. Sherrie Mathews, Harry Bulger, Barney Fagan, George A. Nichols, Leslie Stuart and Josie DeWitt. See more »


Inappropriate music accompanies black and white footage of a recorded fight between the lead actor and the film director, making a joke of their serious altercation. The frivolous music does not follow the actions or attitudes of any of the characters. It is rather a modern callous regard for early film-making. See more »


Gordon Thackaway: Oh, I fight with everyone. That's what a director does. That's how you make things better. So, the producer dishes up these pages of rubbish every day, I spin it into gold, the actor takes all the credit.
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Crazy Credits

Due to the setting of the story at a 1929 film studio, the closing credits are presented in the style of that film era. See more »


References Salome (1918) See more »


Up & At 'Em
Written by Al Goering & Jack Pettis
Performed by Ben Bernie & His Orchestra
Licensed courtesy of Peter Milley
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Chained to the bed
22 April 2019 | by doyley37683See all my reviews

While the actor was still in chains in his costume from the movie, I distincly saw Phryne place her hand on his naked backside. Or so it looked to me.

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