Murder in Texas

Murder in Texas is a 1981 television film starring Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett, and Andy Griffith. The film was directed by William Hale, and was based on a true story; that was written for the TV screen by John McGreevey. It first aired on television in two parts on Sunday and Monday May 3-4, 1981.[1]

Murder in Texas
Written byAnn Kurth (book)
John McGreevey
Directed byWilliam Hale
StarringKatharine Ross
Sam Elliott
Farrah Fawcett
Andy Griffith
Theme music composerLeonard Rosenman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Dick Clark
Preston Fischer
Producer(s)William Hale (as Billy Hale)
John A. Martinelli (associate producer)
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Editor(s)John A. Martinelli
Running time200 min
Production company(s)Dick Clark Productions
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • May 3, 1981 (1981-05-03) (USA)


Based on the true story of the death of Joan Robinson Hill, this film tells of a plastic surgeon who was suspected of causing the death of his first wife, the daughter of a wealthy member of Houston society. The doctor then marries his mistress. His former father-in-law, convinced that his daughter was murdered, determines to see that the doctor is punished.



Murder in Texas was nominated for a 1982 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.[2] In addition, Andy Griffith received his only Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Ash Robinson.

The movie was highly ranked in the Nielsen ratings. Part I was the fifth-most popular show for the week ending May 3, and Part II was the most popular show of the following week.[3][4]


  1. Blau, EleanorTelevision Week, The New York Times
  2. "Murder in Texas (1981)(TV) - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  3. (7 May 1981). Dallas helps CBS Win, Gettysburg Times (Associated Press)
  4. (13 May 1981). Last week's Nielsen horse race wasn't the usual event...., UPI

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