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Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder (1992)

Police detective Steve Sloan believes that top manager Nick Osborn has killed his boss, trust-owner Russell Cord. His father, senior hospital doctor Mark Sloan, is convinced that his ... See full summary »

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Christopher Hibler

Writers:

Joyce Burditt (creator), Dean Hargrove
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Cynthia Gibb ... Dr. Amanda Bentley
Stephen Caffrey ... Dr. Jack Parker
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Bill Bixby ... Nick Osborne
Mariette Hartley ... Kate Hamilton
Ken Kercheval ... Frank Stevens
William Atherton ... Eric Walker
Brynn Thayer ... Anita Clifford
Vernee Watson ... Esther Wiggins (as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Mr. Foss, Jack's Father (as Michael Macrae)
Richard Redlin ... Russell Cord
Shane Meier ... Paul McKinney
Arthur Duncan ... Mr. Simms
Eliza Roberts ... Mrs. McKinney (as Eliza Garrett)
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Storyline

Police detective Steve Sloan believes that top manager Nick Osborn has killed his boss, trust-owner Russell Cord. His father, senior hospital doctor Mark Sloan, is convinced that his long-time patient Osborn is innocent and soon discovers three other top employees of the Cord Group who also had reasons for killing their boss. Pretending to be a medical police consultant, Dr Sloan starts investigating the case himself, supported by a junior doctor and a young female pathologist. Besides, the merry old doctor saves the life of a young street urchin and takes tap-dance lessons from an old patient. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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Mark Sloan is the only doctor to have around when you've got a bad case of murder.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Bill Bixby's last live-action role. See more »

Goofs

Dr Sloan writes 'iatrogenic' on the blackboard and when he explains the meaning to his students he first points to 'genic' and says 'doctor' then he points to 'iatros' and says 'induced'. Of course it's the other way round! - no doctor practicing western medicine could ever make this mistake. See more »

Quotes

[Mark, Steve and a group of officers arrive at the H.Q. of the false company]
Sgt. Steve Sloane: Dad, I can't go in without a search warrant, and I don't have probable cause!
Dr. Mark Sloane: Not necessarily.
[Picks up a brick]
Dr. Mark Sloane: Besides, If I'm wrong, you can arrest me for breaking and entering!
[Mark smashes the window in the door with the brick]
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Connections

Followed by Diagnosis Murder: The House on Sycamore Street (1992) See more »

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A good diagnosis.
20 April 2017 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is the first Diagnosis Murder TV movie, which spawned several TV sequels and a TV-series that lasted eight years. The plot consists of Detective Steve Sloan (Barry Van Dyke) believing that top manager Nick Osborn has killed trust-owner Russell Cord, in which hospital chief Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) is convinced Osborn is innocent.

This movie has its fine moments with some good old fashion mystery suspense and detective fare. The opening scene was great and the music theme was haunting and catchy. The acting was pretty good - Cynthia Gibb, Stephen Caffrey and Brynn Thayer gave fine performances. Dick Van Dyke was his usual merry way and Barry Van Dyke was pretty stiff and stoic is this one.

It's a good intro to the other TV movies and TV-series, which consisted of many hits and misses in stories and acting.

Grade B


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