Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
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Murder Up Their Sleeve 

The Harts are interviewed by the FBI over an ex-employee who swindled money. Max gets caught up in the case when he is mistaken for Mr Hart and kidnapped.


Tom Mankiewicz


Sidney Sheldon (creator), Mary Ann Kasica (as Maryanne Kasica) | 1 more credit »




Episode credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Jonathan Hart
Stefanie Powers ... Jennifer Hart
Lionel Stander ... Max
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Blackstone Jr. Harry Blackstone Jr. ... Marcus, The Magnificent
David Boyle David Boyle ... Stoddard
Tony Giorgio ... Cheshire
Bruce Glover ... Wilkes
Wynn Irwin ... Lt. Grey
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Vickie (as Barbara Horan)
Milt Larsen Milt Larsen ... Magician
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Watson
Gretchen Wyler ... Marlene


The Harts are interviewed by the FBI over an ex-employee who swindled money. Max gets caught up in the case when he is mistaken for Mr Hart and kidnapped.

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First episode to air after the death of Stefanie Powers' partner, William Holden, who died on November 16, 1981 after accidentally falling in his home in Santa Monica, California. Less than two weeks later, her co-star Robert Wagner also suffered the loss of his partner when wife Natalie Wood died due to an accidental drowning off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, California. It was, at the time, speculated that they both had conspired, so as to be together. Wagner surprised the world when he ended up dating Jill St. John, a doppelganger for Powers, if there ever was one. The two later married and remain so as of May 2020. See more »

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Abra Cadabra
27 March 2009 | by HilaryElizabeth9See all my reviews

I totally remember this one. I've been steadily re-watching these for a few weeks, now, and there are only two others I've remembered, so it's like seeing them all over again for the first time. In this one, J&J give Max and his date their tickets to a magic show, resulting in his being on the wrong end of a magic trick. I remembered this one right off the bat; I mean, who doesn't love a good magic show? This episode really delivers. Missing Max, flying daggers, tigers, trap doors, lines like, "if you're the daddy, who's the mummy?" And some suspensfully scary stuff at the Acme magic factory! If you don't like clowns (lots of folks like me aren't fans), the bad guy will deliver on the creep factor. On the other hand, some pretty cheesy effects, here, including rampantly bad editing, EGREGIOUS jump cuts, terrible sound editing, and awful acting (specifically Harry Blackstone, Jr. as the magician). I know this one was probably pretty complicated due to the magic that had to be pulled off, but the kind of jump cuts they got away with here just seem ridiculous. For that, I knocked off a point. Why not more? Because,m still, even though I saw where this one was going pretty quickly and even with the bad work in post, this was an awesome episode, especially with that payoff kiss!

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17 November 1981 (USA) See more »

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