Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Angel of Death 

A playwright, haunted by his wife's suicide, loses another family member to murder.


Walter Grauman


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




Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Stephen Bogardus ... Officer Joe Connors
Doran Clark Doran Clark ... Courtney Stoddard
Sondra Currie ... Carol Kendall
Ken Kercheval ... Alex Ericson
Maria Mayenzet ... Lisa Ryder
Darren McGavin ... Martin Tremaine
Austin Pendleton ... Barney Gunderson
Noble Willingham ... Sheriff Pat McAllister
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... General Avery Stark
Michael Canavan ... Philip Stoddard


Jessica travels to Carmel to read the new play of her friend Martin Tremaine, but his real reason for asking her is the strange events haunting him after the suicide of his wife, and his fear that he is losing his mind. Someone may be pushing him towards madness, but why? Written by mama.sylvia

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dog | knife | infidelity | ghost | adultery | See All (5) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: [answering phone] Hello?
Martin Tremaine: Jessica.
Jessica Fletcher: Martin?
Martin Tremaine: Yes, dear. Uh, are you involved in anything terribly important at the moment?
Jessica Fletcher: [laughs] Only the drudgery of proof sheets. Look, I think I'd rather be at the dentist's office.
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"And now for something (not quite) completely different..."
30 September 2019 | by tadimaggioSee all my reviews

"Angel of Death" is a superior episode of "Murder, She Wrote" (and Darren MacGavin is always a welcome presence); but I find it VERY hard to believe that Messrs. Fischer and Levinson (the writers) didn't borrow a good deal of their plot mechanics from a 1958 American International horror picture called "The Screaming Skull". The 1958 film also features an attempt to drive a wealthy person (an innocent wife in that case) crazy by suggesting that a dead woman (her husband's first wife) is haunting the grounds of a mansion. The "ghost" is costumed exactly like Vivian in this episode (she's even seen descending an outdoor staircase, like Vivian in her first appearance in this episode); and Vivian's portrait looks almost exactly like the dead first wife's portrait in the film. I could be wrong about all of this, but I don't think so.

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