Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder Digs Deep 

An archaeological dig, potentially the site of Coronado's City of Gold, does not please everyone as a new corpse is discovered.


Philip Leacock


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Cecile Callan ... Karen Parks
George Grizzard ... Dr. Aubrey Benton
David Groh ... Dr. Stan Garfield
Randolph Mantooth ... Raymond Two Crows
Stephen Shortridge ... Steve Gamble
Connie Stevens ... Cynthia Armstrong
Robert Vaughn ... Gideon Armstrong
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Robert Dryer ... Guard #1


Jessica visits Dr. Seth Hazlitt at the New Mexico archaeological dig paid by Gideon Armstrong, led by Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, on the site of an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold, to which story TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton holds the rights. Every evening an Indian ghost costume wearer sings on a cliff, till Armstrong's guards climb up scare him off, but on Jessica's second night Gideon's young wife Cynthia shoots at him and local Navajo Indian guide Raymond Two Crows -already found suspiciously uninformed about Pre-Columbian civilizations- falls to his death, although not hit by her bullet. After Jessica digs up a golden prayer stick, Seth finds Raymond actually died earlier of drowning. More gold is found, Gideon is determined to keep the news from spreading, according to his wife so he can buy the land first. Raymond's belongings inspire Jessica to unmasks several scammers. Written by KGF Vissers

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new mexico | motor home | cave | jeep | tent | See All (9) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 December 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Anasazi" actually means "ancient enemies" or "ancestors of my enemies." (In fact, many names of Indian tribes are a neighboring tribe's word for "enemy.") This may not be a Goof, because the Indian guide may have intentionally misled Dr Hazlett. See more »


The Archaeology Team is digging on the Navajo Indian Reservation, but digging for Archeological Artifacts is illegal to do on American Indian Reservations. See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: I don't suppose the road gets any better.
Raymond Two Crows: Nope. Gets worse.
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References China Seas (1935) See more »


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Gold Fever
17 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Murder She Wrote has both Jessica Fletcher and Doctor Seth Hazlitt on an archaeological dig in New Mexico. It's one of the few episodes that William Windom is away from Cabot Cove and we learn he's got an interest in archaeology.

The expedition is financed by tycoon Robert Vaughn who is hoping to uncover one of Coronado's fabled seven cities of gold. As Coronado never managed to find one of them even though he mapped for Spain most of the Southwest USA what do you think Vaughn's chances are?

But he's got celebrity archaeologist George Grizzard along and another archaeologist David Groh as well along with some students of Groh's as well. And a bored wife in Connie Stevens who wishes she was anywhere else but in the desert heat.

It's the murder of the Indian guide Randolph Mantooth that makes a pair of murderers wish that Dr. Hazlitt hadn't brought his good friend Jessica Fletcher along.

Highlight of the story is that Angela Lansbury gathers the cast in Poirot style for her conclusions. During the course she explains how the arrogant Mr. Vaughn has been made a fool of.

Viewers will enjoy that.

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