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The murder of a womanizing gambler leads to double lives being exposed in seemingly quaint and old-fashioned Cabot Cove.
Augie Spector ( Charles Haid ) taps loudly on Jessica's ( Angela Lansbury ) bird cage containing a little yellow bird. In Oscar Wilde's movie The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) starring Angela Landsbury, she sings a song called "Goodbye Little Yellow Bird," about a caged yellow bird.
The title is based on a quotation from author Walter Scott (1771 - 1832): "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!"
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Ron Masak as Sheriff Morton Metzger
William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Pamela Bellwood as Vivian Proctor
George Chakiris as Eric Bowman
Mel Ferrer as Miles Austin
Charles Haid as Augustus "Augie" Spector
Gloria Loring as Margo Bowman
James Sutorius as Ralph Proctor