McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
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Deadly Inheritance 

A birthday celebration for a friend of Mac's mother ends in a murder attempt.


Lou Antonio


Leonard Stern (created by) (as Leonard B. Stern), Peter S. Fischer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Stewart McMillan
Susan Saint James ... Sally McMillan
John Schuck ... Sgt. Charles Enright
Nancy Walker ... Mildred
Mildred Natwick ... Beatrice McMillan
Jack Gilford ... Howard Liebowitz
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Preston Halsey (as Pat Harrington)
John Fink ... George Carlisle
William Demarest ... Andy Kenesaw
Jim Antonio ... Buck McCord
Colby Chester ... Tolliver
Jill Jaress ... Sergeant Muldar
Elizabeth Lane Elizabeth Lane ... Eliza
Maggie Wellman ... Jill
Bert Freed ... Edgar Winfield


A birthday celebration for a friend of Mac's mother ends in a murder attempt.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

28 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Kenesaw is obviously a veiled reference to Kenesaw Mountain Landis who was the first baseball commissioner particularly with the comic titled "Safe to Home". In addition, the name having only one "n" is unusual as the actual Battle Kennessaw Mountain after which Landis is named has two n's so his name is a misspelling. See more »


Mac incorrectly says "FWV" when referring to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). In fact, Kenasaw wears a cap with a FWV emblem on it - apparently they didn't want to refer to the real one (VFW). See more »


Stewart McMillan: [McMillan calls Central Dispatch and orders a helicopter to pick him up] Been in a helicopter?
Sgt. Charles Enright: Actually,sir, I'm more of a balloon man.
Stewart McMillan: What?
Sgt. Charles Enright: I mean I'm full of hot air but I can rise to the occasion.
[McMillan turns and gives him a queer look]
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References McMillan & Wife: Love, Honor and Swindle (1975) See more »

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The price of alfalfa
13 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mildred Natwick returns as Rock Hudson's mother in this episode of McMillan&Wife as she saunters into their home in her usual fashion to the consternation of Nancy Walker whom she makes extra work for.

An old friend of her's is in trouble. William Demarest several decades before had incorporated an alfalfa corporation with an idea for growing the stuff to use in breakfast cereal. The company had laid dormant for years but now some undue pressure is being put upon by him and other stockholders to buy up their shares and whatever company assets they might possess.

Natwick takes the side of the oppressed as one of the stockholders is Jack Gilford who owns a used car lot on company land and is being pressured to get out. The problem is that Natwick takes up the wrong cause.

In the meantime a couple of attempts are made on Demarest and one successful murder is done on Bert Freed, head of the company that's putting all the pressure on.

Now Hudson has to look for a real murderer. He's aided and abetted by Natwick and Susan Saint James sort of. Natwick's confrontation with the villain is really something else.

Nicely done, especially by Pat Harrington as a hard driving business executive working for Freed.

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