Murder, She Wrote

Season 1 Episode 4

Hooray for Homicide

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 1984 on CBS
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Hooray for Homicide
Jessica's first book, The Corpse Danced at Midnight, is being made into a major Hollywood motion picture, backed by producer Jerry Lydecker. Jessica is furious to see how her book is being butchered by Lydecker and his crew. She heads out to Hollywood to confront Lydecker, but things take a turn when Lydecker is found dead on stage. Jessica ends up being the prime suspect in the murder, but luckily the officer in charge of the investigation believes she's too smart to be the killer and sets her up to find the real murderer.moreless

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  • Excellent!

    Kept my attention right through. Pretty nice story too, with the original twist of being set in a film studio.

    Jess is excellent as usual, and takes to the Los Angeles setting very well.

    Definitely one of the gems in season one\'s lineup, and a lot better than the Shakespeare episode!

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jessica Fletcher: Just because the Almighty gave people a taste for lobsters doesn't mean that he gave lobsters a taste for being boiled alive.

    • Lydecker: Come on. Nudity is necessary for the story. It reveals Jenny's true character.
      Jessica Fletcher: In my story, 'Jenny' was 'Johnny', the 10-year-old son of a Presbyterian minister, and he didn't take off his shirt in 200 pages.

    • Mike Hernandez: Do either of you know anybody who might have had a reason to kill Lydecker?
      Ross Haley: Anybody? What about everybody? Would the suspects please form a double line.
      Marta Quintessa: Lieutenant, Jerry was not exactly America's sweetheart.

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    • Mike Hernandez: You have any thoughts about the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance?

      Jimmy Hoffa was famous for being the leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters during the 1950s and 1960s. He disappeared in 1975, and his disappearance has become a subject of public lore, and is considered by many to be the most famous unsolved disappearance of the 1970s. Film, literature and television often refer to Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance when referencing a crime that cannot be solved.