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Mord ist ihr Hobby School for Scandal (1984–1996) Online

Mord ist ihr Hobby School for Scandal (1984–1996) Online
Original Title :
School for Scandal
Genre :
TV Episode / Crime / Drama / Mystery
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Directror :
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Cast :
Angela Lansbury,Polly Bergen,Darleen Carr
Writer :
Peter S. Fischer,Richard Levinson
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TV Episode
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Mord ist ihr Hobby School for Scandal (1984–1996) Online

Jessica arrives at Crenshaw College to give the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree at the local college The preceding faculty party is animated by host Dr. Jocelyn Laird's daughter, Daphne Clover, who jumps into the pool naked and her beefy, drunk New York lover Nick Fulton who knocks down Professor Ron Mercer with one punch. Next morning, Jessica finds Nick's corpse under a construction site as if he fell to his death, but that must be staged as he has no dust on his shoes. Local Police Chief E. Griffin, who knows Jessica from reading her books, arrests Daphne after an anonymous phone call leads to finding a typed blackmail note from Nick and a bloody candle stick in her room, but Jessica convinces him it may have been planted. She checks on other party-goers' links with Nick and each other, leading to two contradictory confessions, neither of which she believes.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury Angela Lansbury - Jessica Fletcher
Polly Bergen Polly Bergen - Dr. Jocelyn Laird
Darleen Carr Darleen Carr - Trish Mercer
Jack Kehoe Jack Kehoe - Police Chief E. Griffin
June Lockhart June Lockhart - Beryl Hayward
Roddy McDowall Roddy McDowall - Dr. Alger Kenyon, PHD
Mary Kate McGeehan Mary Kate McGeehan - Daphne Clover
Morgan Stevens Morgan Stevens - Nick Fulton
James Sutorius James Sutorius - Professor Ron Mercer
John Vernon John Vernon - Henry Hayward
Gary Bisig Gary Bisig - Will Small
John C. Becher John C. Becher - Station Master
Dean Dittman Dean Dittman - Faculty Male
Grace Simmons Grace Simmons - Faculty Wife
Ron Asher Ron Asher - Student #1

James Marshall (Student #3) was credited as Jim Greenblatt.

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When Doctor Jocelyn Laird (Polly Bergen) invites Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to address commencement ceremonies at, along with receiving an honorary degree from, Crenshaw College, scandal and murder lurk not far behind.

Academics Henry Hayward (John Vernon) and Beryl Hayward (June Lockhart) serve on the planning committee to oversee commencement activities, as well as to assist Campus Dean Jocelyn Laird with her decision in promoting one of two qualified professors.

Jocelyn hosts a faculty reception at her residence, at which her guests include Jessica Fletcher, Henry and Berle Hayward, and candidates for the position, Doctor Alger Kenyon, PHD (Roddy McDowall) and Professor Ron Mercer (James Sutorius), who escorts wife, Trish Mercer (Darleen Carr).

Politicking for the position proceeds somewhat gentlemanly, at least until the reception is crashed by Jocelyn's irresponsible daughter, Daphne Clover (Mary Kate McGeehan), and her drunken escort, Nick Fulton (Morgan Stevens), who arrive practically bare, and embarrass Jocelyn and her guests with a shouting match, and a punching.

Daphne has relocated to New York City from this New England college community (in an unidentified state), to write a sordid novel, which hits the best-sellers' list, to humiliate her mother further, in addition to carrying on with the no-account Nick with no compunction against blatancy.

Because of her newfound fame, Daphne snubs the academic community but allows a shred of fellowship to exist between her and fellow author J.B. Fletcher, who doesn't condescend against Daphne's free-spirited lifestyle.

But the next morning, during Jessica's constitutional jogging, she stumbles across a body thrust from a campus building the night before. Kindly Police Chief E. Griffin (Jack Kehoe) is summoned to investigate, with the assistance of Mr. Packman (R.J. Adams), both of whom appreciate Jessica, but fear the worst for the feuding mother and daughter, between whom they suspect a perpetrator.

On the eve of commencement, while Jessica assists in determining how the murder has been committed, and, possibly, by whom, Jocelyn has her hands full with deciding whom to promote between faculty candidates, figuring how to operate Crenshaw College status quo murder, and dealing with her Bohemian daughter, who has now been arrested as prime suspect. And to protect her daughter, she tries, by confessing to the crime.

An antonymous typewritten note from someone attempting to clear Jocelyn, by implicating another suspect complicates matters for investigators, at least until Jessica fits together the pieces to the puzzle, to determine that the victim has been slain elsewhere, bludgeoned by a candlestick holder, across campus in this "School for Scandal."

The cast is rounded out by Gary Bisig as Will Small, John C. Becher as Station Master, Dean Dittman as Faculty Man, Grace Simmons as Faculty Wife, Ron Asher as Student #1, Kerry Noonan as Student #2 and James Greenblatt as Student #3.

John C. Becher, Dean Dittman, Roddy McDowall and John Vernon unfortunately have since passed.
White gold

White gold

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"School for Scandal" may not be quite among the best episodes of Season 2 or of 'Murder She Wrote' in general, but it's nonetheless a very good one that lives up to its intriguing title. There have been episodes that do a better job giving a reason for Jessica investigating and the murderer again is not that hard to figure out once the clues and explanations start adding up.

Also wouldn't have said no to much more June Lokhart and Roddy McDowell, both give their roles a lot of class but considering their calibre should have been in the episode more and their characters were not quite as interesting as they could have been.

However, "School for Scandal" is very nicely made, giving a real sense of cosiness and nostalgia. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable. The story is absorbing with a very well done central mother and daughter relationship.

Angela Lansbury is as always terrific, and Polly Bergen is particularly compelling of the impressive supporting cast.

On the whole, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


I remember one of the Star Trek feature films had the Star Trek going back in time to contemporary San Francisco on a mission and the authors Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins as the "old masters." In Cloverfield College they have just such an old master, Mary Kate McGeehan daughter of college president Polly Bergen where JB Fletcher has gone to get an honorary degreee.

McGeehan lives exactly the kind of hedonistic life that she writes about in her books. Only while she's there her latest boy toy Morgan Stevens winds up dead. Mother and daughter are among the suspects.

There's a family secret involved in the murders which I will not reveal. In the end the murderer turns out to be one who really was taken in by the image conveyed.

Quite a place Cloverfield College, a regular Peyton Place.