Production Information[edit | edit source]
|Murder Takes the Bus|
|Aired:||17 March, 1985|
|Written By:||Mary Ann Kasica|
|Directed By:||Walter Grauman|
|Created By:||Richard Levinson|
Peter S. Fischer
|Executive Producer:||Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer||Robert F. O'Neill|
|Associate Producer||Mike Stevens|
Summary[edit | edit source]
After boarding a bus to travel to a convention in Portland, Maine. Jessica and Amos are forced to take refuge from a fierce storm at a remote diner where one of the passengers is discovered murdered.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
The music heard as the bus drives through a thunderstorm at the beginning is patterned after Bernard Herrmann's main title cue for the movie Psycho (1960), though it doesn't quote Herrmann's music directly. In the Hitchcock film, Herrmann's theme recurs as Marion Crane ( Janet Leigh ) drives through heavy rain and ultimately finds the Bates Motel - a possible inspiration for the musical reference.
Jessica wears her Burberry trench in this episode.
Two of the stars here are Rue McClanahan and David Wayne. They would later star together on The Golden Girls (1985) as Blanche Devareaux and her father Big Daddy Hollingsworth.
There is a picture on the wall in the diner, it has what looks like a fishing boat. Written on it is 'Grimsby' in large letters and 'deep sea trawler' at the side. Was surprised to see this. Could this be Grimsby in Humberside England?
Victim: Gilbert Stoner
Killer: Ben Gibbons
Cause of death: Strangulation (rigged to look like stabbing with a screwdriver).
Motive: Anger over Stoner's casual dismissal of Gibbons' daughter's death, which he caused 15 years earlier in a bank robbery.
Goofs[edit | edit source]
Don Stroud's character describes being on the CB radio when he was hit from behind during the period that the lights were out, but since the power was out at the time and the shot was fired just before the lights came back on, the power had to have been out while he was supposedly on the CB radio and the radio needed power to operate.
Starring[edit | edit source]
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DVD Release[edit | edit source]
This episode was released with the other 21 episodes of the first season of Murder, She Wrote in a variety of formats.
|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)|
See Also[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Murder Takes the Bus at the Internet Movie Database