Production Information[edit | edit source]
|Aired: December 15th, 1985|
|Teleplay by: Linda Shank & Mark Giles
Story by: Linda Shank, Mark Giles & Jackson Gillis
|Directed By: Seymour Robbie|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, William Levinson & Richard Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert F. O'Neill|
Summary[edit | edit source]
After a woman is electrocuted to death in her bathtub Cabot Cove is flooded with poison pen letters that turn neighbors against each other.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
This was John Astin's final appearance as Harry Pierce.
The title is from the childhood rhyme that is meant to repel name callers: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
Storyline lifted from "Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985)"
Identity of the murderer is a shocker. (if you don't want to know, don't read below).
Killer: Harry Pierce
Cause of death: Electrocution; hanging.
Motive: Blackmail due to arson committed in the past to help condo development; to discredit her letter revealing the purpose of said arson.
Goofs[edit | edit source]
Sheriff Tupper receives an anonymous letter and when he reads it, the letter is a single sheet of paper, no lines, with smooth edges. When he reads the same letter he received in the sheriff's office, the letter is a lined piece of paper with hole punches and a frayed edge.
When Amos and Harry are investigating the electrical outlet in the bathroom, the camera pans too far, revealing the edge of the set wall in the lower-right corner of the screen.
When Jessica and Amos are in Beverly's basement and they hear Adam coming to the basement, Jessica turns off the light bulb and then grabs it to unscrew it and take it with her to hide behind the boxes. The light had been on for several minutes so the bulb would have been too hot for her to handle bare-handed immediately upon turning the light off.
The old wooden lighthouse that was burned down by Harry, Jessica first said that it was old coast guard property, Digby brought up this isn't old Coast Guard property anymore, Jess replied that it never was & she brought up that Beverly's father gave it to the Coast Guard with a perpetual lease, so the lighthouse was given to the Coast Guard, but with the Coast Guard never owning the property, they only leased it, so it's highly unlikely that a lighthouse would be allowed to be built on leased property, meaning that they didn't own the land, so how could the lighthouse be built on what the Coast Guard had leased & not owned, when according to a Disney Book when it came the movie Pete's Dragon, the Coast Guard allowed it to be built only if the lighthouse was registered to the Coast Guard.
Starring[edit | edit source]
Regular Cast[edit | edit source]
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]
John Astin as Sheriff Harry Pierce
Tom Bosley as Ex-Sheriff Amos Tupper
William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Paul Benedict as Friedrich Hoffman
Joseph Campanella as George Knapp
John David Carson as Larry Burns
Marsha Hunt as Elvira Tree
Evelyn Keyes as Edna Kensington
Denny Miller as Nils Anderson
Betsy Palmer as Lila Norris
Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby
Christopher Stone as Adam Frobisher
Co-Starring[edit | edit source]
Howard Witt as Bart Nelson
Phillip Brown as Deputy
Ceil Cabot as Woman
Ken Sansom as Man
Bob Tzudiker as Agent
Garnett Smith as Postman Mel
Kristy Syverson as Beverly Gareth
Danny McCoy, Jr. as Waiter