Production Information[edit | edit source]
|Aired: January 1st, 1989|
|Written By: Richard Stanley & Ralph Meyering Jr.|
|Directed By: Walter Grauman|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert E. Swanson|
Summary[edit | edit source]
Lee Goddard successfully coaxes Jessica to join him at his ranch in Arizona but intrigue and murder follow them there when a mysterious psychic joins them.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
This is the second time Dale Robertson has starred, but has been uncredited in the cast list, the previous one being Murder, She Wrote: The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988)l.
The auto crash sequence was filmed in miniature. The auto was a 'duplicate of the Chrysler hero car' - a miniature toy available at the time of filming.
The final restaurant scene with Dale Robertson and Angela Lansbury was filmed in the Universal Studios VIP commissary dining room prior to the studio's renovation of the room in 1990. The booth they occupy was always reserved for Lew Wasserman.
The ranch house exteriors, interiors, and stables were filmed on location in Hidden Hills. The rear patio area behind the foyer hallway staircase, including the the patio area behind the living room séance scene, were tented (black duvyteen tarp) for the film's night sequence, which were filmed during the day.
Guest star David Birney is probably best known for his brief marriage to Family Ties star Meredith Baxter (causing her to be known as "Meredith Baxter-Birney" for a while) and the sitcom they did together, Bridget Loves Bernie.
Victim: Greta Olsen
Cause of death: Automobile accident due to tampered brakes.
Motive: To use Greta to fake her death (following a fake kidnapping) as she wanted out of her marriage to Del Goddard and needed money to do so.
Goofs[edit | edit source]
When Jill Goddard's car leaps off the top of the cliff when she is returning home after being kidnapped, it bounces down the cliffside before coming to rest firmly on its wheels; there is no explosion or fire. The whole crash is stock footage.
The next goof is this: Greta Olsen, the housekeeper had said to Jessica that she would never go back to her home country, even for Kris Kringle, so it would be suspicious that there was no story indicating how she had left in order the deceased in the car to be Greta, now was there ?
Starring[edit | edit source]
Regular Cast[edit | edit source]
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]
Dale Robertson as Lee Goddard
Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Melody Anderson as Katherine Aaron
David Birney as Franchesco
Michael Parks as Ben Aaron
Lisa Pelikan as Jill Goddard
Geoffrey Scott as Lt. Joshua Turner
Michael Spound as Del Goddard
Steve Kahan as Roy Parks
Lena Pousette as Greta Olsen