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Murder in Music City

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(NBC, 1/16/1979, 120 mins). A brash songwriter (a Cher less Sonny Bono) who buys a detective business as a tax shelter finds himself and his photographer’s model bride involved in a puzzling murder when a dead body turns up in their honeymoon suite and a trail that leads them to Nashville. Subsequently titled “The Country Western Murders.”

Production Companies Frankel Productions, Gank Inc. Director Leo Penn. Executive Producer Ernie Frankel. Producer Jimmy Sangster. Teleplay Ernie Frankel, Jimmy Sangster. Photography Alan Stensvold. Music Earle Hagen. Song “It’s Only Temporary” written and performed by Ray Stevens. Editor Sidney Katz. Art Director Alan Jones. Associate Producer Russell Vreeland.

Cast Sonny Bono (Sonny Hunt), Lee Purcell (Samantha Hunt), Lucille Benson (Mrs. Bloom), Claude Akins (Billy West), Belinda Montgomery (Peggy Ann West), Morgan Fairchild (Dana Morgan), Michael MacRae (Chigger Wade), Harry Bellaver (Jim Feegan), Jim Owen (Sam Prine), T. Tommy Curtrer (Lieutenant Culver), Charlie Daniels (Himself), Larry Gatlin (Himself), Barbara Mandrell (Herself), Ronnie Milsap (Himself), Boots Randolph (Himself), Ray Stevens (Himself), Mel Tillis (Himself), Pete Gardner, Sonny Grosso, Jack Barton.

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