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Murder, She Wrote: Season One


  1. "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes"
  2. "Deadly Lady"
  3. "Birds of a Feather"
  4. "Hooray for Homicide"
  5. "It's a Dog's Life"
  6. "Lovers and Other Killers"
  7. "Hit, Run and Homicide"
  8. "We're Off to Kill the Wizard"
  9. "Death Takes a Curtain Call"
  10. "Death Casts a Spell"
  11. "Capitol Offense"
  12. "Broadway Malady"
  13. "Murder to a Jazz Beat"
  14. "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean"
  15. "Paint Me a Murder"
  16. "Tough Guys Don't Die"
  17. "Sudden Death"
  18. "Footnote to Murder"
  19. "Murder Takes the Bus"
  20. "Armed Response"
  21. "Murder at the Oasis"
  22. "Funeral at Fifty-Mile"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Two
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Murder, She Wrote: Season Four
Murder, She Wrote: Season Five
Murder, She Wrote: Season Six
Murder, She Wrote: Season Seven
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Murder, She Wrote: Season Nine
Murder, She Wrote: Season Ten
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eleven
Murder, She Wrote: Season Twelve
Murder, She Wrote: TV Movies
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Production Information[]

Death Takes a Curtain Call
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Production Number: 59219
Aired: 16 December, 1984
Written By: Paul W. Cooper
Directed By: Allen Reisner
Created By: Richard Levinson
William Link
Peter S. Fischer
Executive Producer: Peter S. Fischer
Producer Robert F. O'Neill
Associate Producer Mike Stevens


It's the final curtain for a man found murdered backstage during the performance of a popular Soviet ballet troupe.


This was Claude Akins's final appearance as Ethan.

Angela Lansbury and Hurd Hatfield originally starred together in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945).

Sign indicates the population of Cabot Cove is 3,560.

The last appearance of Ethan Cragg who disappears from the show with no explanation and is never heard of again.

Victim: Serge Berensky

Killer: Irina Katsa

Cause of Death: Stabbed in the back

Motive: To prevent him from deporting Alexander Masurov & Natalia Masurov, as she was in love the former and thought he still loved her.

Setting: Boston and Cabot Cove.


As Leo climbs through the window, the narration describes him as carrying a viola case. He carries what is obviously a guitar case, instead.

If Irina had killed Berenski with that dagger then why it wasn't proven that she handled the weapon especially when they only proven that she had only scratched Berenski before any one had known that she did kill him & when Karzoff had brought up that dagger that was used in the ballet finale was still in the dressing room, the killing took place before the finale in order for Karzof to find the body. So it's highly unlikely for her to leave the murder weapon behind in order for Karzof to say the weapon was still in the dressing room at the time of the killing, don't you think ?


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DVD Release[]

This episode was released with the other 21 episodes of the first season of Murder, She Wrote in a variety of formats.

Title Release Date Region
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete First Season March 29, 2005 Region 1 (North America)
Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 August 29, 2005 Region 2 (Europe)
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete 1st Season May 2, 2007 Region 4 (Australasia)

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