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  1. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 1)"
  2. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 2)"
  3. "Unfinished Business"
  4. "One White Rose for Death"
  5. "Corned Beef & Carnage"
  6. "Dead Man's Gold"
  7. "Deadline for Murder"
  8. "Magnum on Ice (Part 2)"
  9. "Obituary for a Dead Anchor"
  10. "Stage Struck"
  11. "Night of the Headless Horseman"
  12. "The Corpse Flew First Class"
  13. "Crossed Up"
  14. "Murder in a Minor Key"
  15. "The Bottom Line Is Murder"
  16. "Death Takes a Dive"
  17. "Simon Says, Color Me Dead"
  18. "No Laughing Murder"
  19. "No Accounting for Murder"
  20. "The Cemetery Vote"
  21. "The Days Dwindle Down"
  22. "Murder, She Spoke"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Four
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Murder, She Wrote: Season Six
Murder, She Wrote: Season Seven
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eight
Murder, She Wrote: Season Nine
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Murder, She Wrote: Season Eleven
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The Law & Harry McGraw

Production Information[]

Production Number:
Aired: December 14th, 1986
Written By: Philip Gerson
Directed By: John Astin
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


The murder of the leading lady's understudy disrupts a play starring two previously married actors.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Shea Farrell as Larry Matthews

Bob Hastings as Eddie Bender

Donald Most as T.J. Holt

Edward Mulhare as Julian Lord

Christopher Norris as Pru Mattson

Dan O'Herlihy as Alexander Preston

Eleanor Parker as Maggie Tarrow

John Pleshette as Nicky Saperstein

John Schuck as Chief Merton P. Drock

Ann Turkel as Barbara Bennington


This episode was directed by John Astin, who previously appeared in 3 episodes as Harry Pierce

Edward Mulhare last appeared in One Good Bid Deserves a Murder, where he played one of the victims.

Victim: Barbara Bennington

Killer: Julian Lord

Cause of death: Poisoned

Motive: Barbara was blackmailing him by threatening to reveal that Nicky Saperstein was his long ago abandoned son.

If Nicky was the long abandoned son, then why did the police chief suspect that the abandoned son was Larry Matthews & also with it being brought up that the poison was very fast active, she would have died before she got to her dressing room before the intermission, not when she keeled over after she emerged from her dressing room.

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