Great ORIGINAL Universal Studios Television Script from the long running Sunday Night CBS Television series,

Murder, She Wrote

Created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, and William Link

Mystery writer finds herself investigating murders that occur around her. Former substitute English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has a gift for solving mysteries. You see, it seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the houses of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces, and nephews or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is sometimes assisted by her friend Dr. Seth Hazelet or the local sheriff, Amos Tupper (later Sheriff Metsger). Sometimes, early in the series, Jessica would only narrate the episode, which would be a dramatization of one of her novels. In later seasons, Jessica moved to New York City to be closer to her publisher and also closer to crime. The entire cast included: Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Beatrice Fletcher Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt.

This Script is from the episode titled SOMETHING FOUL IN FLAPPIEVILLE, written by Dan Wilcox.

Darren's Pound Dog show is threatened with cancellation until he promises a character based on one of Jessica's characters. But as the various people involved want part of the merchandising rights, Darren winds up promising benefits he can't deliver. And when one of them winds up dead, Darren is arrested for murder.

It is the REVISED DRAFT from January 8, 1996. It is complete with 56 pages . Great collectible on a series you don't find every day!

The Guest cast for this episode included:

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Corinne Bohrer ... Helena McKenna
Maryedith Burrell ... Nattie Holt
Bryan Cranston ... Parker Foreman
Brian Cousins ... Lt. Spevak
Alan Fudge ... Gus Hayward
Kimberley Kates ... Kim Swofford
Stephen Kay ... Darren Crosley (as Stephen T. Kay)
Robert Knepper ... Robbie Dorow
Steven Martini ... Jason Cardino
Dey Young ... Mary Dorow
Ian Lansbury ... Stevie (as Ian Shaw)
Richardson Morse ... Arvin Bucknell
Rick Dano ... Terry Fusco (as Richard Dano)
Wendy Hoffman ... Carol

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More information on Angela Lansbury: British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film, Gaslight (1944). Two pictures later, she was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress, this time for The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Now established as a supporting player of quality, she began a long career, often as "the other woman" in major productions and as the leading lady in lesser films. Her features, while not at all old-appearing, gave her an air of maturity that allowed her to pass as much older than she actually was, and she began playing mother roles, often to players of her own age, while yet in her thirties. She concentrated more and more on stage work, achieving notable success in a number of Broadway plays and musicals, winning four Tony Awards in sixteen years. Although active in television since the early 1950s, she obtained her greatest fame in the 1980s by starring in the light mystery program "Murder, She Wrote" (1984). As Jessica Fletcher, she became known and loved by millions for well over a decade. She also became known for the odd fact of almost annual Emmy Award nominations for the role without ever winning for it. An institution in American theatre and television, she is also an inspiration for the graciousness of her personality, which is often exploited and always admired. Daughter of actress Moyna MacGill, who appeared with her in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and Kind Lady (1951). Granddaughter of George Lansbury, British Labour Party leader in 1930s. Mother of Anthony Pullen Shaw and stepmother of David Shaw. Sister of Edgar Lansbury and Bruce Lansbury Wearing just conventional makeup (i.e., not studio made-up to look "old"), she was most chilling and unforgettable (and convincing!) as the manipulating mother of Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), while in real life being scarcely three years Harvey's senior. She, her mother Moyna MacGill and her twin younger brothers were in the last boatload of family members evacuated from London to America during the WWII blitz. A recent authorized biography, "Balancing Act", states that her first husband, Richard Cromwell was gay, a fact she didn't know until after their separation. She was awarded an honorary C.B.E. from the British Government through Queen Elizabeth II. Her son was a follower of Charles Manson's gang. After the Sharon Tate murders, she thought it best to get him out of the country. She took him to Ireland to help him with his drug problems. Aunt of David Lansbury, who is married to Ally Sheedy She was the 2000 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors. Now holds the record for the most Emmy nominations without a single win. As of 2003, she is the only actress to go undefeated in a Tony competition, having won all 4 for which she was nominated. She has one half-sister, Isolde, from her mother's first marriage to Reginald Denham. Isolde was married to Peter Ustinov, with whom she had one daughter, Tamara Ustinov, Lansbury's niece. Cousin of Oliver Postgate, the producer and voice behind the classic BBC TV series "The Clangers" (1969) and such shows such as "Ivor the Engine" (1975). She and Mildred Natwick were both in The Court Jester (1956), and were reunited in an episode of "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) ("Murder in the Electric Cathedral") 30 years later. She reunited with Death on the Nile (1978) co-star Olivia Hussey in the "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) episode "Sing a Song of Murder" (#27), seven years after that film. Olivia played Rosalie Otterbourne in the movie and she was the daughter of Salome Otterbourne, played by Lansbury. Reunited with The Court Jester (1956) co-star Glynis Johns in the "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) episode "Sing a Song of Murder" (#27); 29 years after that film. Was a longtime friend of the late Bob Hope and gave a speech at his memorial service on 27 August 2003. She and Hope appeared on Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (1993) (TV), and she sang with him. Withdrew from a Broadway musical, "The Visit", due to her husband's impending heart surgery. [21 July 2000] Was among the special guests who were invited to the Grand Opening of the first Disney Park in Europe (Disneyland Resort Paris, formerly known as EuroDisney Resort), where she impressed her handprints. Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, whose alumni include Terence Stamp, Hugh Bonneville, Rupert Friend, Antony Sher, Matthew Goode, Sue Johnston, Minnie Driver and Julian Fellowes. Has been nominated 12 times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), plus four more before, during and after the series, but didn't win. Was one of the last guest stars on "Newhart" (1982). On the last episode of "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) she didn't work on the final day of production as there was too much emotion going on. Her mother, Moyna MacGill, died on November 25, 1975. Became a US Citizen in 1951. Her twin brothers are both film producers. Had performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their annual public Christmas concerts at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Was offered the role of Nurse Ratchet in _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1987)_ , but turned it down because she didn't think she could handle the role. She will be reprising the role of Mommy Fortuna in the live action remake of "The Last Unicorn", while Christopher Lee will be reprising his role from the 1982 animated version of King Haggard while Mia Farrow, who was the voice of the Unicorn/Amalthia, will be portraying Molly Grue. As of 2005, she is the only actress with more than two nominations in Tony Award competition to go undefeated, having won all four for which she was nominated. Her Tony wins, all in the Best Actress (Musical) category, are: in 1966, "Mame;" in 1969, "Dear World," the musical version of "The Madwoman of Chaillot;" in 1975, a revival of "Gypsy;" and in 1979, "Sweeney Todd," a performance she recreated in the television production of the same title, Sweeney Todd (1982) (TV). In 1985, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" on behalf of Peggy Ashcroft, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony Had knee replacement surgery on July 14, 2005. While filming Death on the Nile (1978), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Bette Davis & Maggie Smith.

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