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The Witch's Curse 

Cabot Cove suspects a woman playing a witch in a community play is the real thing.


Jerry Jameson


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
David Ackroyd ... Nate Parsons
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Mary Crosby ... Mariah Osborn
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger
Marian Mercer ... Penelope Hope Daniels
Ed Nelson ... Judge Willard Clinton
Marian Seldes ... Lydia Winthrop
Robert Vaughn ... Charles Winthrop
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Lee de Broux ... Joe Hill (as Lee DeBroux)
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Anabell
Louis Herthum ... Deputy Andy Broom
Linda Porter ... Clerk
Linda Frasier Linda Frasier ... Arlissa Davenport


While Doctor Hazlett is looking for the lead in an amateur play about a falsely accused witch's burning, Mariah Osborn arrives and auditions. Some people believe she's an actual witch, and she gets blamed for every crime or weirdness from then on. That includes when Circuit Court Judge Willard Clinton was pushed from the bell tower and also the fire at insurance agent Nate Parsons's home. Jessica digs into both crimes' hidden past and connects it all with a jewel theft years ago from Charles and Lydia Winthrop. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


You may recognize one of the Victorian houses seen in this episode - It had earlier appeared in another Universal TV series as 1313 Mockingbird Lane, the home of Herman and Lily in the 1960s sitcom The Munsters. See more »


Lydia Winthrop tells Jessica that her ring has been in her family for two generations (mother-daughter), but she later says the "ring was given to [her] by [her] great-grandmother." That would make it four generations, if the ring had originally belonged to her great-grandmother. See more »


[first lines]
Judge Willard Clinton: [reading at audition for a play] Rachel Abbot, you have been found guilty of the crime of witchcraft and are condemned to burn at the stake until dead.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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That cuckoo witchcraft
23 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Another Cabot Cove episode as Dr. Hazlitt is busy casting a play based on early New England witchcraft and the residents are lining up to participate. A new and most strange arrival Mary Crosby arrives dressed for the part William Windom casts her immediately.

Then some strange things start happening and the down home folks of Cabot Cove start reverting to their tradition regarding witches. Especially when the real murder of Judge Ed Nelson who was playing a judge happens.

Of course Crosby is not a witch, but she does have a mission to right an old wrong done her mother. Quite a wrong it was too.

The murderer however is one you can feel a bit sorry for especially when a confession comes.

One to check out.

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