Murder, She Wrote

Tough Guys Don't Die

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 2/24/85
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  • Episode Description
  • Archie Miles, a private investigator Jessica had hired to research an old murder case, is shot to death in his office. His partner, a hard-boiled detective named Harry McGraw, is determined to find the killer and exact his own justice. Harry teams up with Jessica to see if her case got the man killed. Along the way, a strong partnership and friendship develops between the two sleuths.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Angela Lansbury

    Jessica Fletcher

  • Peter S. Fischer

  • Seymour Robbie

  • Barbara Babcock

    Priscilla Daniels

  • John Furey

    Larry King

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Jessica Fletcher and Harry McGraw meet for the first time.

    By MissGreenPlum, Jan 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury would go on to provide the voices on the 1991 Walt Disney animated movie Beauty And The Beast as Mrs. Potts and Lumiere.

    Trivia (1)

    • When Jessica Fletcher goes to Harry McGraw office for the first time, she leaves behind her files on the desk. When leaving, she only takes the detectives notes with her, not her files.

    Allusions (1)

    • Much of this episode seems to be based on the film and novel The Maltese Falcon, in which a private eye tries to solve the murder of his partner. In the movie, the murdered detective is named Miles Archer. In this episode, Harry McGraw's partner is named "Archie Miles." Harry's speech about a man having to do something when his partner is killed echoes a speech Sam Spade gives in The Maltese Falcon.

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