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Murder by the Book (1987)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | TV Movie 17 March 1987
Mild-mannered mystery writer D. H. Mercer has become so immersed in his material that his creation, hard-boiled private eye Biff Deegan constantly appears to him as a hallucination. Intent ... See full summary »

Director:

Mel Damski

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Michael Norell (teleplay), Michael Norell (television story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hays ... D.H. 'Hank' Mercer / Biff Deegan
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Marissa
Christopher Murney ... Lieutenant Greenberg
Fred Gwynne ... Victor Greville
Celeste Holm ... Claire
Jonathan Moore Jonathan Moore ... Nicholas Rubinstein
Martin Neufeld Martin Neufeld ... Pete
Michael Copeman
Bunty Webb Bunty Webb
Eric Keenleyside
Robin Ward
Eric Fink Eric Fink
Thick Wilson Thick Wilson
Al Bernardo Al Bernardo
Louis Di Bianco
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Mild-mannered mystery writer D. H. Mercer has become so immersed in his material that his creation, hard-boiled private eye Biff Deegan constantly appears to him as a hallucination. Intent on getting rid of Biff, and replacing him with a more civilized detective, Mercer soon finds himself in a genuine mystery involving art fraud, murder, and a beautiful lady in peril. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alter Ego See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jonathan Moore's final television role. See more »

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A fun 94 minutes
27 July 2019 | by galaescobarSee all my reviews

This was a fun movie with good performances all around. There weren't any real surprises for me and I doubt there would be for anyone over 12. But that's what genre fiction is for; it's comfort food for the mind. Full disclosure: I'm a writer, so I may have identified a bit more with our protagonist than most would.


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