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Who Killed the Electric Carriage? 

Detective Murdoch suspects the ambitious inventor of an electric vehicle murdered an associate who stood in the way of his plans to compete with Henry Ford.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Constable Henry Higgins
Alexander Wallensky
J.D. Nicholsen ...
Leslie Barnes
Jerry Getty ...
Douglas Meadows
Todd Hofley ...
Mavis Chalmers
Ivan Wallensky
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy) (credit only)


When the inventor of a nickel and cadmium battery is murdered, Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) suspects the killer might be an associate or rival. His investigation quickly leads him to James Pendrick (Peter Stebbings), the eccentric entrepreneur he's met on numerous other occasions. Pendrick has created an astonishing bullet-shaped vehicle that runs on electric power stored in the remarkable battery. Pendrick convinces Murdoch to climb into the tiny cockpit and race the vehicle down a country road. Murdoch is enthralled, and confounded that while many clues point to Pendrick as a suspect, what could incite him to kill an important associate? Meanwhile, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) fears that his wife may be seeing another man. He enlists Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) to spy and report any untoward behaviour. Despite his initial trepidation, Crabtree complies and discovers a shocking secret. As Murdoch continues his murder investigation, he learns that Pendrick was ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 July 2012 (Canada)  »

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At the conclusion, the ill-gotten money won by Margaret Brackenreid is invested for the widows and orphans fund in a number of companies that all thrived in the 20th century. All but Henry Ford's company. The Detroit Automobile Company went out of business in 1901 after only 2 years of operation. The Ford Motor Company didn't come into being until 1903. See more »


Constable George Crabtree: [to Inspector Brackenreid] Sir, I think Mrs. Brackenreid... I think your wife is seeing a gigolo.
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Daisy Bell
(aka "A Bicycle Built for Two") (uncredited)
Written by Harry Dacre
Performed by Tannis Burnett (opening scene)
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Murdoch is asked for marital advice...
10 November 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

A woman who keeps house for an inventor is walking along a country road in the dark, singing to herself, when suddenly a bright light appears in front of her, heading straight for her, and just as suddenly as it appeared, it disappears. Terrified, she runs to the house of her employer, and discovers him hanging.

When Detective Murdoch and Constable Crabtree arrive and start interviewing the locals, it turns out that several saw strange lights in the night, and one is convinced that the lights were due to extraterrestrials. Murdoch, having been in such conversations with Crabtree before asks if Crabtree believes this was the work of Martians, only for the Constable to triumphantly explain that it must be Venusians. Murdoch pricks Crabtree's bubble by pointing to some earthbound tyre tracks left by a carriage.

The dead inventor had been working on electric battery technology, and was working with someone the housekeeper thinks was called James.

When they return to the Police Station, Inspector Brackenreid has a delicate matter to discuss with Murdoch: the Inspector suspects his wife, who has lied to him about spending time looking after a sick friend. Murdoch suggests a private investigator, but the Inspector decides to make other arrangements.

Back on the case, Crabtree asks Murdoch for advice, because Brackenreid has put him on his wife's tail. While they are discussing this, an electric vehicle draws alongside, driven by none other than the entrepreneur James Pendrick, who, it emerges, was the James remembered by the housekeeper. He had been using the inventor's batteries in this electric prototype car.

Quickly a number of alternative suspects appear, but even though they had made peace some time ago, Murdoch is convinced that Pendrick is number one. The evidence is gathered...

Along the way we discover that Pendrick is competing with no less a figure than Henry Ford, over the future of road transport - will the power be electric or gasoline? Crabtree does find out what Mrs. Brackenreid has been doing, and his report leaves the Inspector with a dilemma about how to deal with her misdemeanour.

This amusing episode moves along at a cracking pace, and by the end, the murderer is caught, and one of the characters ends up very unhappy, while two others are much happier. We also discover that Dr Grace never settles for five words when twenty will do, as well as that while Ford would only sell his Model T in black, in 1899 he was driving a red car.

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