Production Information[edit | edit source]
|Aired: April 19th, 1987|
|Written By: Philip Gerson|
|Directed By: Michael (J) Lynch|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert F. O'Neill|
Starring[edit | edit source]
Regular Cast[edit | edit source]
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]
Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Richard Beymer as Sydney Jarvis
June Havoc as Thelma Vantay
Art Hindle as Rod Wilson
Jeffrey Lynn as Sam Wilson
Harry Morgan as Retired Lieutenant Richard Webb
Martha Scott as Georgia Wilson
Susan Strasburg as Dorothy Hearn Davis
Gloria Stewart as Edna Jarvis
Summary[edit | edit source]
Jessica is approached by an elderly waitress, begging for her to investigate a thirty-year-old murder.
DVD Release[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
This episode is a follow-up to the 1949 film Strange Bargain. The flashback scenes are taken from that film, the episode continues its plot and Jeffrey Lynn, Martha Scott and Harry Morgan all reprise their roles from the original movie.
This is the second episode where the murder is an accident, and the first in which it was not done in self-defense (both of which were Footnote to Murder). It's also the first episode to have Jessica investigate an older murder without a recent one also taking place.
Debbie Zipp, Michael Horton's real life wife, has a small guest role in this episode; she will later play Grady Fletcher's girlfriend and eventual wife.
The late Gloria Stewart, who plays Edna Jarvis, is probably best known as the older version of Rose from James Cameron's Titanic (1997) or the Oracle from The Matrix.
Victim: Malcolm Jarvis
Killer: Edna Jarvis (sort of).
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Motive: None, death was an accident due to struggling with a gun as he tried to kill himself.
See Also[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
Strange Bargain (IMDB)