Magnum, P.I.

Season 7 Episode 14

Murder by Night

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Aired Unknown Jan 14, 1987 on CBS
8.6
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Murder by Night
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In 1940s San Francisco, Private Investigator Thomas S. Magnum investigates the murder of newspaper tycoon William Maxfield in a case that involves characters that strangely bear a strong resemblance to (modern day) Magnum, T.C., Higgins, and Rick.

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  • In 1940s San Francisco, gumshoe P.I. Thomas Magnum investigates the murder of a newspaper tycoon – a case where many of the faces bear a strong resemblance to Mangum's modern day acquaintances. A novel setting, but personally I find this one dull...moreless

    6.5
    Okay, I'm afraid I'm going to go against the grain here – just about everyone seems to love this episode, and while I agree that it is an interesting setting and a nice experiment, I'm afraid that personally, I find the final result rather boring.



    I can't help but compare this episode to the notable third season story 'Flashback', where Magnum awakes one day to find himself in the 1930s. That story came across as an interesting twist on the typical 'Magnum, p.i.' episode, and I enjoyed it; with 'Murder by Night', however, I find the plot (once you get past the initial novelty) to be pretty so-so, and it doesn't really grab my attention.



    There are two versions of this episode: the original broadcast was nearly all in black & white, whereas syndicated versions, and later overseas versions (such as the one I watched on Five in 2003) were mostly in colour. The DVD version is also in colour. To keep with the original feel of the episode, I watched it with the colour down!



    In fairness, this wouldn't make my 'Least Favourite Episodes Top 10' list, but I just have a feeling more fun could have been had with this one.



    I don't have much more to say on this ep – I'm glad that so many people love it, but for me, it is one of my least watched episodes from this end of the show's run.moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Thomas Magnum

Larry Manetti

Larry Manetti

Rick Wright/Reverend Bentley

Roger E. Mosley

Roger E. Mosley

Theodore "T.C." Calvin/Inspector Wolf

John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Jonathan Quayle Higgins/Sam Caldwell

Anne Twomey

Anne Twomey

Alicia Maxfield

Guest Star

Jennifer Runyon

Jennifer Runyon

Christine Maxfield Bentley

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Phyllis Davis

Phyllis Davis

Tiffy

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Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Coroner

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