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The Murder of Sherlock Holmes 

Former English teacher Jessica Fletcher travels to New York to celebrate the success of her debut novel, but when an unwanted guest is murdered at a costume party, she wishes she'd stayed home.


Corey Allen


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 5 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Eddie Barth ... Bernie
Jessica Browne Jessica Browne ... Kitty Donovan
Bert Convy ... Peter Brill
Herb Edelman ... George
Anne Francis ... Louise McCallum (as Anne Lloyd Francis)
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Tricia O'Neil ... Ashley Vickers
Dennis Patrick ... Dexter Baxendale
Raymond St. Jacques ... Doctor
Ned Beatty ... Chief Roy Gunderson
Arthur Hill ... Preston Giles
Brian Keith ... Caleb McCallum
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Eleanor Thompson
Paddi Edwards ... Lois Hoey




In this Pilot episode we are introduced to Jessica Fletcher, a recent widow, who lives in Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is an substitute English teacher who becomes a mystery book author thanks to her nephew, Grady Fletcher. Grady submits his aunts manuscript to a publishing company who loves it and publishes it immediately. It is a best-seller and Jessica goes to New York City to promote her new book. While there, Jessica gets involved in a murder while at her publisher's home for a costume party. When her nephew becomes a suspect of the murder, Jessica must find the real killer. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


The plot of this episode shares many similarities with the plot from Agatha Christie's short story 'The Affair At The Victory Ball' (Poirot's Early Cases). See more »


When Jessica sneaks into Ashley's office, the double light switch on the wall had the left switch up, and the right switch down, and the lights were off. When Jessica peaks down the hall (because she hears Ashley coming), both light switches are up, but the lights are still off in the office. When Ashley comes in, she changes one switch and the office lights go on (but we can't see which switch she changes). When Ashley leaves the office, she flips the right switch down and the lights go off. See more »


[first lines]
Performer: Roger, is that you?
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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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A really great start to a wonderful detective series
27 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love Murder She Wrote, it is a lovely, entertaining and light-hearted series with clever story lines, good guest stars and a playful theme tune. Not to mention a wonderful Angela Lansbury. The pilot The Murder of Sherlock Holmes(it is cleverer than it sounds) is everything the show is, perhaps a little more serious than some of the episodes from the series but it is a really great start. It is strikingly filmed, the locations are amazing and the photography is skillful and simple. The music is fine too, the plot has enough twists and turns to interest, though I personally could have done without the mugging attempt, with a very unexpected ending that was quite emotional(it certainly seemed so for Lansbury), the writing is funny and intelligent, the pacing is brisk and the direction is good. The acting is excellent, Angela Lansbury really makes the role of Jessica Fletcher her own and is wonderful as always, while Michael Horton and Jessica Browne are appealing as Grady and Kitty and Arthur Hill is great as Preston Giles. Overall, a rock solid start to a wonderful series. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

30 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Chi ha ucciso Sherlock Holmes? See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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