Murder Impromptu

Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 11/2/71
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  • Episode Description
  • An actor/producer is murdered during a series of comic improvisations, and all of the actors present at the time seem to be suspects. Given a number of aliases and false leads, the Chief embarks on the trail of the killer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Roddy McDowall

    Jamie Cooper

  • Raymond Burr

    Chief Robert T. Ironside

  • Don Galloway

    Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

  • Barbara Hale

    Marsha Connell

  • Anne Archer

    Myra St. John

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Fran: Still nothing on Leo Holt. But I hit pay dirt on Myra St. John. She and Lennie Blake were married on September 13, 1965, under her real name. Six Brannick.
      Mark: Six? Number six?
      Fran: Right.
      Mark: You got to be kidding.
      Fran: No. Her mother thought that six was a lucky number so named her Six. Only the county clerk put it on her birth certificate in Roman numerals.
      Ironside: V I.
      Mark: Vi.
      Fran: And that's what Lennie was saying when he died--Vi.

    • Myra: When's your birthday?
      Ed: July 27th.
      Myra: Oh, Leo, signs are right for us, you know?
      Ed: No, I didn't know.

    • Myra: (about her ex-lover Peter Hall) Until he decided that writing was his bag, not acting.
      Ed: Is he a good writer?
      Myra: Who knows? No one ever read what he wrote, so he started taking trips.
      Ed: Airplane, boat, or drugs?
      : What do you think?

    • Ironside: Jamie mentioned another name during that rehearsal to day. Do you remember, Mark?
      Mark: No, I don't. (Ironside writes on the chalkboard the name Gale Rink) Oh, that name. (Ironside continues writing switching the letters around to read King Lear) King Lear?
      Fran: Shakespeare's?
      Mark: Is there another one?
      Ed: I flunked Anagrams One.
      Ironside: Well, try Anagrams Two. See what you can make out of "Leo Holt."
      Ed: (at the chalkboard and then he gets it) L-E-O-H-O-L-T. L-E-O... Othello.
      Fran: I still don't get it, Chief. Was Jamie trying to tell us that jealousy was the motive for Lennie's murder?

    Notes (2)

    • This episode reunited Raymond Burr with his former Perry Mason costar, Barbara Hale.

    • French title: Improvisation de Meurtre.

    Allusions (2)

    • Ed: Not exactly great literature. Mark: Well not everybody reads the classics. Ironside: Oh but isn't it odd that in a mountain of trash to find one literary peak. (pointing to a copy of Tolstoy's War and Peace) Allusion to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.

    • Mark: King Lear? Ed: Othello? Allusions to Shakespeare's plays King Lear and Othello.

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