Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder at the Oasis 

An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety.


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ed Ames ... Johnny Shannon
Joey Bishop ... Buster Bailey
Joseph Bottoms ... Mickey Shannon
Joseph Cali ... Vic LaRosa
Ken Howard ... Det. Sgt. Barnes
Piper Laurie ... Peggy Shannon
Jack O'Halloran ... Lou Ross
Linda Purl ... Terry Shannon
David Bowman David Bowman ... Chico Miller
John Miranda ... Gus
Mark Costello ... CHP Officer
Fred Ponzlov ... Waiter (as Fredrick Ponzlov)
Michael Griswold Michael Griswold ... Guard


Jessica visits Peggy Shannon, whose ex-husband Johnny is a big star but a terrible, beastly abusive boss for their gentle son, composer Michael 'Mickey' Shannon, in his Desert Palms residence with advanced alarm system. Police Detective Sergeant Barnes has to intervene when Johnny rudely chases out of the country club professional tennis player Vic LaRosa, the current lover of daughter Terry Shannon, who is seeking revenge according to ma. Next morning, Johnny is found shot dead in the back of the head, a mob method, in his den chair by his dumb, burly bodyguard Lou Ross and comedy relief Buster Bailey; Terry gives startled Vic money to leave the country as Mickey will tell he was in the house that night, she only dated him to spite pa. After Lou tries to strangle Mickey, who he saw in the den, Terry tells Vic was sneaked in and out by her. Peggy and Terry tell that Johnny and Buster also has some relation with mobster Milo Valentine which went sour. Vic is arrested near the Mexican ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 April 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Johnny Shannon: Hey, Mickey! Get in here!
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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location correction
18 August 2013 | by rhonda-stumpSee all my reviews

This was a fun who-done-it series. The first review states the location is in California but the location is Arizona. The license plates on the Porsche are Arizona plates. This series is popular in the UK as well since it's been in syndication. There were a huge number of stars who were on each week,stars who were big when I was a kid and even big when my parents were young. Yes, it's formulaic but what makes it fun is the challenge of figuring out who the murderer is before they announce it. It's like watching Jeopardy and patting yourself on the back when you get a large percentage of the answers correct. In this episode, the culprit is not exactly on the top of the list and only one subtle clue points to him. fun.

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