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Beautiful Little Fool 

A 1929 case of a beautiful young singer is reopened, and the team learns she had a romance going with a man named Nick Bartleby.


Kevin Bray


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Liz W. Garcia




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Danny Pino ... Scotty Valens
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Tracie Thoms ... Kat Miller
June Lockhart ... Muriel Bartleby
H. Richard Greene ... Daniel Spyczyk
Tommy Dewey ... Nick Bartleby - 1929
Emily Kosloski ... Carmela La Fleur
Nick Spano Nick Spano ... Felix Spyczyk - 1928-1929
Michael C. McCarthy ... Mickey Stein Sr / Mickey Stein Jr (as Michael Clayton McCarthy)
Gena Shaw ... Aimee Goodman
Cordelia Reynolds ... Ginger Swensen - 1928-1929
Allison Miller ... Violet Polley - 1928-1929


It was 1929 and vivacious, plucky Violet Polley was a promising singer and songwriter attempting to support herself. She draws the attention of affluent Nick Bartleby. Initially scoffing his attentions, his charm wins her over. The difficulty of the depression and its affect on his family's wealth had him overwhelmed. When Violet Polley shows up with the baby carriage of little Rose, their love child, at the family mansion requesting assistance or marriage. She and baby were cruelly rebuffed by him. Violet is bludgeoned to death within minutes outside the Bartleby's mansion and hidden in the bushes. No one was prosecuted. Also there at that time was a pretty theatrical lover of Nick's who had come around to being more cordial to Violet. Hearing the baby Rose's cries she rushed outside, seeing no one, snatched her and raised her. Written by

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Release Date:

9 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Due to the age of the case, the team doesn't have many first-hand witnesses to question. Most of the flashback scenes are told through a diary, written and recorded interviews, and a song. See more »


Repeated discrepancies in the dates of Violet's death. The episode opens on December 31, 1928 at a New Year's Eve party. The death is shown immediately after this segment. Later, when the detectives are discussing the death, a male voice (actor not shown) says that she died on Christmas Day 1928, when in fact it would've been New Year's Day 1929. Later a discussion mentions December 22, 1929--not 1928--and someone says "three days before her death." See more »


Second Hand Rose
Written by James F. Hanley and Grant Clarke
Performed by Fanny Brice
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