Murder, She Wrote/The Grand Old Lady

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The Grand Old Lady
Season 6, Episode 3
Airdate October 8, 1989
Production Number 65305
Writer(s) Peter S. Fischer
Director(s) Vincent McEveety
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The Grand Old Lady is the third episode of the sixth season of Murder, She Wrote, and the one hundred thirteenth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Mark Lindsay Chapman (Paul Viscard), June Havoc (Lady Abigail Austin), John Karlen (Lt. Martin McGinn), Gary Kroeger (Christy McGinn), Robert Vaughn (Edwin Chancellor), Gordon Thomson (Maj. Daniel McGuire), Dane Clark (Henri Viscard), Joan McMurtrey (Eleanor Cantrell), Donald Craig (Nicholas Crane), Henry Polic II (Arthur Bishop), James Stephens (Special Agent Lenehan), Paxton Whitehead (Captain Oliver), Aubrey Morris (Mr. Bellows), Wolf Muser (Peter Daniken), Floyd Levine (Garry Krumnoltz), Derek Partridge (Doctor), Gregg Binkley (Copy Boy), Joi Staton (Nurse), Lisa Ryan (Woman), Michael Douglas Scott (2nd Officer), Terry Sheppard (Bus Boy)


Plot Overview

Jessica tells the story of Dame Austin, a legendary mystery writer, and how she solved the murder of a Nazi war criminal aboard a cruise ship.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

This episode is an obvious tribute to the 1975 version of Ellery Queen, a series, though short-lived, is very beloved by mystery fans. The Gary Kroeger character is based on Jim Hutton's character of Ellery Queen, the John Karlen character is a clear homage to Inspector Queen (David Wayne in the original series), and Robert Vaughn's character is similar to Ellery's arrogant rival in the original series (Simon Brimmer, played by John Hillerman).

Murder, She Wrote's creators, Richard Levinson, William Link and Peter S. Fischer, all served as producers of Ellery Queen.

Memorable Moments



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