Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder in White 

When Jessica is called to London to rewrite the stage adaptation of her novel, she must prove her actress friend innocent of killing a producer.


Vincent McEveety


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Pauline Brailsford Pauline Brailsford ... Detective Chief Insp. Ellen Jarvis
Davis Gaines ... Peter Drew
Norman Lloyd ... Edward St. Cloud
Jean Marsh ... Glenda Highsmith
Anne Meara ... Mae Shaughnessy
Ian Ogilvy ... Lawson Childress
Michael Palance ... Franklin Smith
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Sally Briggs
Jim Piddock ... Malcolm Brooker
Tim Ransom ... Brett Dillon
Robin Sachs ... Martin Kramer
G.W. Stevens G.W. Stevens ... Oliver Hopkins (as G. W. Stevens)
Jonathan Wood Jonathan Wood ... Insp. Ernest Martindale
Edmund L. Shaff Edmund L. Shaff ... Lester Perth (as Edmund L Shaff)


Jessica comes to the rescue of her friend, actress Glenda Highsmith, who is mounting a play in Martin Kramer's London theater adapting a Fletcher-mystery. It is a defective adaptation by the play-writer Mae Shaughnessy who has not done a mystery before. Jessica and others get strange calls from Malcolm Brooker, claiming to be a reporter for Empire magazine trying to get background information on Glenda's past. The actors have their own troubles.. Waning glory Lawson Childress is drinking a bit much, worrying about Glenda. Rising star Franklin Smith fears he is to be replaced. And his girlfriend Sally Briggs is told it would take her pleasing Kramer more intimately the she's prepared to do for Franklin to be kept. Director Peter Drew tells Jessica that Glenda can't concentrate because of Kramer who is called by phone to the props basement and stabbed to death. Stage manager Oliver Hopkins finds him. Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Ellen Jarvis investigates. Her friend tells ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though set in England, no scenes were filmed there. See more »


They refer to John Camden as the 17th Earl of Glen Haven. Then at the end, it is mentioned that his son cannot abdicate and will always be the 17th earl. As the son, he would be the 18th earl. See more »


[first lines]
Lawson Childress: [reading lines at rehearsal] If I may be permitted an opinion...
Oliver Hopkins: [reading lines at rehearsal] You're not, Mr. Harrington. Barbara, like it or not, the Inspector said...
Martin Kramer: Glenda, this is bloody unconscionable. You can't just walk out of rehearsal on the second day.
Glenda Highsmith: I'm bloody well doing it, Martin.
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Murder and the lady in white
13 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.

"Murder in White" is not a great episode, with the less than experienced actors (for example G.W. Stevens) making their inexperience pretty obvious, while the non-British actors struggle with the accents, something that is not unusual for the London-themed episodes. "Murder in White" to me has a denouement that even with a case full of suspects was not that hard to figure out, a more inspired motive could have been dreamt up too, and felt somewhat rushed. Maybe the episode took a little too long to get going.

On the other hand, Angela Lansbury is terrific as always, Jessica Fletcher is one of her best remembered roles and it is not hard to see why. Even in the lesser episodes, and despite being fond of the show it had its fair share of misfires particularly in the later seasons, she always delivered. Jean Marsh charms and affects in her friendship with Lansbury, and to me she was easy to root for and connected well with her character.

Particularly good in support though were Ian Ogilvy, not at all uncomfortable in a very different role to usual, and Robin Sachs, relishing his while making his character loathsome enough to avoid on the wrong side of pantomimic territory.

The mystery is a diverting and decently paced one (even though somewhat formulaic, especially who the victim is, which has often been pretty overt on the show, and whether the accused is innocent or guilty) with enough mystery elements to avoid being simplistic while still being easy to follow. The build up to the murder is quite suspenseful.

As ever, the production values are slick, stylish and suitably cosy regardless of questions being raised as to the location's authenticity. The 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.

In conclusion, a pretty good episode if not a great one. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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