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.
|Murder in Texas|
|Written by||Ann Kurth (book)|
|Directed by||William Hale|
|Theme music composer||Leonard Rosenman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Dick Clark|
|Producer(s)||William Hale (as Billy Hale)|
John A. Martinelli (associate producer)
|Cinematography||Donald M. Morgan|
|Editor(s)||John A. Martinelli|
|Running time||200 min|
|Production company(s)||Dick Clark Productions|
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.
- Katharine Ross as Ann Kurth Hill
- Sam Elliott as Dr. John Hill
- Farrah Fawcett as Joan Robinson Hill
- Andy Griffith as Ash Robinson
- G. W. Bailey as Richard "Racehorse" Haynes
- Barry Corbin as Dist. Atty. McMasters
- Pamela Myers as Mary
- Craig T. Nelson as Jack Ramsey
- Royce Wallace as Wilma
- Dimitra Arliss as Gina Meier
- Jude Farese as Casselli
- Philip Sterling as Dr. Helpern
- Vernon Weddle as Dr. Joe
- Lesley Woods as Reah Robinson
- Parley Baer as Ann's attorney
Murder in Texas was nominated for a 1982 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. 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.
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