Eddie Capra
Created by Peter S. Fischer

"Well, just out of curiosity, where were you the night of the fire, Mr. Wilson?"

Taking his cue from Perry Mason, but adding a little spunk, EDDIE CAPRA was a headstrong and quirky lawyer who seemed to be as much detective as lawyer, much to the occasional dismay of his snooty co-workers at the prestigious Los Angeles firm of Devlin, Linkman & O'Brien.

Seemingly adverse to actually courtroom appearances (he didn't like wearing a tie), Eddie would rush to solve the mystery -- and thus exonerate his client -- before the case ever got to court. He must have cost Devlin, Linkman & O'Brien a fortune in billable hours.

Vincent Baggetta played Capra in The Eddie Capra Mysteries, which ran for thirteen episodes, each of which featured a peculiar and puzzling murder. Fortunately, Eddie could count on the aid of his faithful secretary Lacey, his young assistant Michael and the firm's investigator Harvey.

Supposedly the show used scripts intended for the 1975 Ellery Queen series.The show's creator, Peter S. Fischer, went on to co-create Murder, She Wrote, of course, as well as the made-for-TV P.I. flick Coopersmith.

TELEVISION

  • THE EDDIE CAPRA MYSTERIES
    (1978-79, NBC)
    13 60-minute episodes, plus one 120-minute pilot
    Created by Peter S. Fischer
    Starring Vincent Baggetta as EDDIE CAPRA
    with Wendy Phillips as
    Lacey Brown
    Michael Horton as
    Harvey Winchell
    Ken Swofford as
    J.J. Devlin
    and Seven Anne McDonald as
    Jennie Brown
  • "Nightmare at Pendragon's Castle" (September 8, 1978; 120 min. pilot)
  • "Where There's Smoke" (September 22, 1978)
  • "Murder, Murder" (September 29, 1978)
  • "Murder on the Flip Side" (October 6, 1978)
  • "And the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead" (October 20, 1978)
  • "Dirge for a Dead Dachshund" (October 27, 1978)
  • "How Do I Kill Thee?" (November 3, 1978)
  • "The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde" (November 10, 1978)
  • "Breakout to Murder" (December 1, 1978)
  • "The Two Million Dollar Stowaway" (December 8, 1978)
  • "Dying Declaration" (December 15, 1978)
  • "Now You See Her..." (January 5, 1979)
  • "Murder Plays a Dead Hand" (January 12, 1979)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with thanks to Anthony Durrant for clueing me in.


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