During a first class flight to London, where Hollywood producer Gunnar Globle makes Jessica proofread a script to stop him yapping, actress Sonny Greer's bodyguard-driver-lover, Leon Bigard, dies, poisoned. Sonny cries murder as soon as she notices his precious cargo, the $2,000,000 Empress Diamond necklace, is stolen. It's found in the bag of stewardess Kay Davis, who switched flights last minute, but jeweler John Sukahara notices it's paste. Sonny denies it could be a security decoy. Together with Scotland Yard's paper-pusher inspector Errol Pogson on board, Jessica examines the passengers. She finally finds the real necklace, but disbelieves the thief's murder confession on surprising grounds.
Did You Know?
Twelve of the characters have the last names of musicians, singers or arrangers who worked for Duke Ellington
: Louis Metcalf ( Gene Nelson
) and his wife ( Mary Jo Catlett
), Kay Davis ( Robin Dearden
), Sonny Greer ( Kate Mulgrew
), Fred Jenkins ( Andrew Parks
), Dr. Clint Strayhorn ( John S. Ragin
), Captain Whetsel ( Chris Robinson
), Otto Hardwick ( Robert Walker Jr.
), Leon Bigard ( Mark Venturini
), Carney ( Charles Hoyes
), Mr. Miley ( Don Maharry
) and his wife ( Crystal Jenious
). Some (Louis Metcalf, Kay Davis, Sonny Greer, Fred Jenkins and Otto Hardwick) also have the same first names as their Ellingtonian counterparts, though the Sonny Greer who worked for Ellington, his first drummer, was a man. See more
When the flight hits turbulence, the captain tells everyone to put on their seat belt. You see/hear everyone doing it but when the flight attendant tells the "corpse" to put on his seat belt, he falls forward and she screams. The instant she screams, at least 6 people jump to their feet without unbuckling. See more
Breathtaking. All eyes will be on you at the Royal Gala in London tomorrow evening, Miss Greer.
Well, that's the whole idea. Who says the Brits have a monopoly on crown jewels?
Features The Blues Brothers
Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison See more