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Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall (2006)

Jane Doe investigates the murder of an international business mogul.

Director:

Lea Thompson

Writers:

Dean Hargrove (creator), Ethlie Ann Vare
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lea Thompson ... Cathy Davis
Joe Penny ... Frank Darnell
William R. Moses ... Jack Davis
Jessy Schram ... Susan Davis
Zack Shada ... Nick Davis
Dorian Harewood ... Jim Monroe
Helen Slater ... Stella Andre
Randy Vasquez ... Daniel Vasquez
Chris Gartin ... Doug Maynard
Jo Champa ... Frances DeStefano
Stewart Finlay-McLennan ... Tom Shaunessy
David Groh ... Melville Horning
Muse Watson ... Captain Barnes
Erica Gimpel ... Margaret Monroe
Bob Clendenin ... Dr. Edelstein (as Robert Clendenin)
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Storyline

Californian food tycoon Melville Horning dies, apparently drowned accidentally on a yacht cruise with his firm's four executive directors, actually murdered. The prime suspect, his security chief Jim Monroe, implores his former CSA colleagues to investigate, claiming jurisdiction as the recent machinations in the firm, probably inside trading, not only affected stock prices but also US export. Frank and Jane work out what's with a recent TV interview, allegedly live, the yacht cruise, each director's possible motives and the fifth executive who actually succeeded as CEO. Meanwhile good son Nick gets into trouble by trying to help his foolish brat sister cover up her reckless college fund speculation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Crime | Family | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Hallmark Channel Mysteries

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Quotes

Cathy Davis: [in morgue] I'm getting comfortable here. That bothers me.
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Follows Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part (2005) See more »

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Another Jane Doe investigator episode
23 September 2013 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Lea Thompson stars AND directs this middle episode (timewise) of the Jane Doe detective series. She and partner Frank (Joe Penney) get caught up in a murder where the timeline doesn't make sense. David Groh (was Rhoda's TV husband in the 70s !) is "Melville Horning", shown as the evil CEO, who goes over the side of a boat, and since everyone was drinking, no-one is sure exactly what happened. Keep an eye out for Helen Slater (from the "Where have they Been" file) is Stella. Viewers will know her from "The Secret of My Success" with Michael Fox. When the body turns up (again), Jane Doe is called in by an old friend to try to put the pieces together. Dorian Harewood is the head of security who gets caught up in this, but he keeps showing so much attitude towards the people that are trying to help him, that it gets annoying. I understand that they are trying to show the tension involved in a murder case, but you'd think the investigators would tell him to back off, they are the ones trying to help him.

Entertaining story, as long as you buy into it without looking too closely. The family issues that come up are actually a little distracting from the investigation. They use this "family issues" device again in the "Ties that Bind" chapter, and it was also a distracting in that story.


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