Burke's Law (1994)/Who Killed the Movie Mogul?

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Who Killed the Movie Mogul?
Season 2, Episode 8
Airdate June 8, 1995
Written by Michael Lewis Barry
Directed by Tony Mordente
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Who Killed the Movie Mogul? is the eighth episode of the second season of Burke's Law, and the twenty-first episode overall.


Guest Stars: Jason Bateman (Jason Ripley), Joseph Bologna (Max Barnett / Leo Barnett), Crystal Chappell (Marilyn Devine), Christine Elise (Leona Barnett), Carol Potter (Emily Simmons), Robert Vaughn (William Shane)


Plot Overview

During the filming of a B-movie vampire flick, the lights go out...and the studio's head is dead from a very gruesome icepick wound under his ear. Shortly thereafter, the dead man's twin brother shows up to take over the studio. Additional suspects include the dead man's daughter (who owns a movie memorabilia store), the beautiful female lead, an aging horror film star, the film's hot-tempered director and the dead man's icy assistant, with whom he was romantically involved.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

This episode is written by Michael Lewis Barry, son of Gene Barry. The younger Barry worked as a dialogue coach on the series as well.

Allusions and References

Amos and Peter visit a movie memorabilia store owned by the murder victim's daughter, played by Christine Elise. As they're waiting for her, Amos admires a movie poster for the 1953 film "The War of the Worlds" and mentions that it's one of his favorite films. He also wonders aloud 'Whatever happened to the fellow who starred in that?', as the camera focuses to the part of the poster which reads...'Starring Gene Barry'!

Memorable Moments