Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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A racehorse trainer is murdered as he is on his way to expose a racing fraud.


Don Mischer


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ami Dolenz ... Tracey Noble
Blake Gibbons ... Sheriff Clyde Benson
Tippi Hedren ... Catherine Noble
Stephen Macht ... Lloyd Mentone
Don Murray ... Wally Hampton
Sean O'Bryan ... Paul Hampton
Mickey Rooney ... Matt Cleveland
Shawnee Smith ... Jill Cleveland
Don Swayze ... Gus Tardio
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Deputy Vernon Kelly (as Scott Stevens)
Frank Farmer ... Dr. Garney
David Powledge David Powledge ... Delivery Driver (as Dave Powledge)


Jessica visits horse trainer Matt Cleveland on Wally Hampton's horse ranch in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where everybody is elated about the prospects for their promising racehorse Swift Prince. Matt surprises an intruder in the barn and is clobbered down When Jessica investigates the noise, she finds a mysterious syringe in the hay which turned out to be a stimulant which was to be injected into Swift Prince, three days before a major race, so unlikely still to be detected even if it makes him win. Meanwhile, Catherine Noble's neighboring ranch is financially troubled, so daughter Tracey Noble can't get a grand wedding, and their partner, Lloyd Mentone, schemes with the Hampton's assistant trainer -who is fired by Matt- while insisting Prince shouldn't race with a not perfectly healed injury as his leg could be permanently hurt. Matt tells Jessica a video cassette he just received could help take 3 seconds off Prince's time, and shortly after is found dead on the side of the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodlines See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Angela Lansbury and Mickey Rooney appeared in the horse racing themed film, National Velvet (1944). See more »


[first lines]
Matt Cleveland: Attaway, Jill!
Jessica Fletcher: You know, I remember hearing about Swift Prince as a two-year-old when I was writing 'The Triple Crown Murders'. Wasn't he burning the tracks up on the West Coast?
Matt Cleveland: You got a hell of a memory, Jessica, he was running for Mentone Farms near Del Mar then.
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Murder on the racehorse track
11 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Bloodlines" is somewhere in the middle when it comes to ranking the Season 10 episodes. It's a decent episode, just not a great one and could have been better considering that there are some talented names in the guest cast. Its weakest asset to me was the denouement which was not all that shocking or clever but it was mainly to do with that it was so poorly acted by the murderer (one of the worst-acted denouements on 'Murder She Wrote').

The story has enough intriguing moments and does engage, but it does tread familiar ground (it's also not the first episode to feature race-horsing, "Dead Heat" and "From the Horse's Mouth", both also above average but unexceptional episodes, did too) and the pacing is at times erratic. It takes a little too long to get to the murder and the crime-solving is very interesting and well-done but slightly rushed. At times, the writing is clunky particularly in the denouement.

Conversely, "Bloodlines" benefits from an as ever terrific Angela Lansbury and good support from Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren and Don Murray. The rest of the cast are competent but not enough to bowl one over, the only disaster area is the murderer in the denouement.

The big scene that is mentioned in the previous review is a narrative standout and "Bloodlines" has a pretty unique murder method and weapon, which makes it rise a notch above being too ordinary.

Production values are slick and stylish. music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Writing is thoughtful and amiable mostly, with some exceptions.

Overall, decent above average episode, but unexceptional and a bit too familiar with an underwhelming denouement. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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