Murder, She Wrote

Season 2 Episode 5

Sing a Song of Murder

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1985 on CBS
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Sing a Song of Murder
Jessica is devastated to be informed of her cousin Emma's untimely passing, but when she arrives in England she learns that Emma isn't dead after all, but has been in hiding after threats on her life. Jessica goes along with the ruse, which has her as Emma's heir, in the hopes of flushing out the would-be killer.moreless

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  • Jessica helps her cousin in a terrible situation, and in the show, Angela Lansbury has an opportunity to play an English Music Hall singer. Fine work.

    I loved hearing Ms. Lansbury sing, and especially enjoyed her music hall moves. Wonderful to see. This episode is such a joy. Play it again, Sam. Glybus Johns is her usual; good, and the rest of the characters are fine. I think the plot was pretty obvious, but that's okay. Murder, She Wrote is supposed to be like that. In this episode, we give Ms. Lansbury an opportunity to return to her English roots, and those roots are above reproach. Thanks for including this episode, and although it was almost 25 years ago, I was glad to see it tonight.moreless
  • Jessica travels to London as the sole heir to her cousin Emma's estate. But Emma isn't actually dead.

    I always had a special liking for this episode. Angela Lansbury had quite a special job in this episode, having to bring Emma to life while still keeping Jessica at the forefront, which isn't easy since Emma's such a flamboyant and memorable character. I first saw this when I was about nine, and I slowly forgot the episode's details as the years passed. That was until some video clips of the episode (courtesy of were posted on YouTube last year. I watched these clips several times, each time wanting more and more to watch the episode in full. So once I got the Murder, She Wrote Season 2 DVD, this was the first episode I watched. Now onto the episode itself. Barrie Ingham is memorable as somewhat frustrated Inspector Crimmins, a colleague of Inspector Kyle, who helped Jessica solve a case in the episode "Paint Me a Murder" Crimmins is not the usual stumped policeman who tries to keep Jessica out of the way, but rather one who's tolerant of Jessica's theories once they are presented. Olivia Hussey, who starred with Lansbury in "Death on the Nile" is a bit wooden at first, but gets a lot better at the episode's end (which I won't spoil). Kristoffer Tabori, who previously played the murderer in the episode "We're Off to Kill the Wizard", returns as Ernest Fielding, Emma's solicitor. He pulls off the English accent perfectly (In "Wizard", strangely, he sounds American with an English accent trying to get through, even though he's American and character is American). Kenneth Danzinger as Archie Weems may be simply there as a supporting character, but he has a great scene in which he asks if he could come along to the flat Emma's hiding in and Crimmins gets him out of the way by asking another policeman to take Archie where he can make a statement about Bridget O'Hara's murder. By the way, "Sing a Song of Murder" is also the title of an episode of "Peter Gunn", "Adam Adamant Lives!", "Mannix", and "Barnaby Jones". All in all, a great episode.moreless
Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee

Oliver Trumbull

Guest Star

Olivia Hussey

Olivia Hussey

Kitty Trumbull

Guest Star

Kristoffer Tabori

Kristoffer Tabori

Ernest Fielding

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