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Under the Dragon's Tail

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Under the Dragon's Tail
Based onUnder the Dragon's Tail by Maureen Jennings (novel)
Written byJanet MacLean
Directed byJohn L'Ecuyer
StarringPeter Outerbridge
Hélène Joy
Flora Montgomery
Matthew MacFadzean
Philip Graeme
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
ProducersScott Garvie
Laura Harbin
Christina Jennings
Virginia Rankin
Patrick Cassavetti
Production companyShaftesbury Films & Original Pictures
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 8, 2005 (2005-09-08)[1]

Under the Dragon's Tail is a 2005 made-for-TV film starring Peter Outerbridge, Matthew MacFadzean, Hélène Joy, and Flora Montgomery. It was adapted by Janet MacLean from the novel by Maureen Jennings of the same name.[2]


This is the third film, introducing the character of William Murdoch and his unique ways of doing detective work. Filming took place in Ontario during September and October 2004.[3][4]

Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Dolly Capshaw, a mid-wife who provides abortion care. Using new techniques such as fingerprints (or finger marks as they are known at the time) and handwriting analysis, Murdoch eliminates a number of suspects but has proof that a self-righteous and nosy neighbor, Mr. Golding, was in the house. Missing from Capshaw's desk is her register of clients, a large red book with the image of a dragon on the cover. Murdoch's investigation involves many people whose lives had, in one way or another, crossed with Capshaw's including Ettie Weston, who is no longer a prostitute but is now on the stage with a mentalist act and Maude Pedlow, the wife of a prominent Superior Court judge. Meanwhile, Constable George Crabtree is in training for the Toronto police boxing tournament under the tutelage of Inspector Ramsgate. In this film, Maude Pedlow is played by Hélène Joy, who went on to portray Dr Julia Ogden in the later TV series starring Yannick Bisson.



All three movies were released on DVD in a boxed set on November 11, 2008.

On March 3, 2015, Acorn Media announced a re-release for all three movies, set for May 26, 2015.[5]


  1. ^ Ford, Iden (September 7, 2005). "Dragon Reborn". Canadian Musings. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Murdoch Movies". www.maureenjennings.com. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Production In Ontario 2004" (PDF). Ontario Media Development Corporation. April 1, 2005. p. 4. Archived from the original on October 3, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "2004 Production List" (PDF). Toronto Film & Television Office. City of Toronto Economic Development, Culture & Tourism. 22 February 2005. p. 5. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Acorn/RLJ Announces a DVD Set With the 2004-05 Pre-Series Movies". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.

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