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Sing a Song of Murder

Synopsis
Murder mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as the mystery writer-cum amateur detective. Jessica Fletcher. In this episode Jessica rushes to London in an attempt to aid her cousin, a famous actress in the theatre, who has become the target of several murder attempts. Oliver Trumbull (Macnee) is an old music hall star who also acted Shakespeare. He auditions for the role of Falstaff. He begins ‘if manhood’ (Henry IV. Part I, II iv l1118) and then has to look at the script. He continues to ‘shotten herring’ at which point the director stops him. He then asks to be allowed to finish and gives Henry’s speech from Henry VI. Part II ‘Came he right now to sing a raven’s note’ to ‘their touch affrights me as a serpent’s sting’ (III ii l1721-1726).
Series
Murder, She Wrote
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
27 Oct 1985 (Channel: CBS)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
John Llewellyn Moxey
Writer
Peter S. Fischer
Cast
Patrick MacneeOliver Trumbull (King Henry VI)
Angela LansburyJessica Fletcher
Glynis JohnsBridget O’Hara
Terrence ScammellDirector

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry VI part 3
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Auditions; Mystery

Notes

Notes
Available on DVD in the compilation MURDER, SHE WROTE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (Region 1 only).
General
Trumbull’s daughter is played by Olivia Hussey, Juliet in the Zeffirelli film ROMEO AND JULIET (1968).
History
Season 2, episode 5.
Reviews
Burt, Richard ‘U.S. Television’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 601-2, entry 2729).

Production Company

Name

Corymore Productions

Name

Universal TV

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.co.uk

Web
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