CANNON (1971 – 1976)

Cannon

Creator: Quinn Martin 

Cast: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman

Frank Cannon (William Conrad) is an overweight bald ex cop turn private detective who has a deep voice and has a taste for gourmet food.

Here is a series about a private detective but this guy is fat and bald never been done on TV before as I recall . He supposedly got fat after his wife and child got killed. He is a expert in Karate and got his share of fighting also knew how to handle himself in a car chasing bad guys. He knew how to handle a gun after all he was an expert marksman. It was a fast pacing series with suspense action crime and femmes fatal. Like I said they don’t make those any more. Cannon enjoys a good cigar now and then and also enjoy cooking for his friends. He lives in a luxury apartment. It just a TV show after all. Back then on TV a private detective had a run down apartment and office and wasn’t making too much money that was not the case for cannon. Well it was so simple back then a very basic formula on this one.

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THE STREET OF SAN FRANCISCO (1972 – 1977)

San Francisco

Creator: Quinn Martin

Cast: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins 

Two Homicide detectives Lt. Mike Stone ( Karl Maiden) and Inspector Steve Keller (Micheal Douglas), cruise the streets of San Francisco solving a variety of crimes, usually involving murder. Stone is street smart and Keller is educated rookie.

Here it is when I was in Florida 22 years ago I just moved there and I didn’t have cable I watched a TV channel an the Street of San Francisco was on, I didn’t even  know that Micheal Douglas let along Karl Malden was in a series together. I started to watch it and I was hooked. You get to see how San Francisco was back the in the 70’s. Quinn Martin back in the 60’s 70’s was a big name he had a lot of television shows made. Those 2 actors had great chemistry on and off screen. Later on Douglas left the series and it was not quite the same. It is the standard formula cops go after bad guys and solve the crime. Keller was edicated and interested in solving the crimes with new methods, unlike Stone was old school. Great series over all.

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THE UNTOUCHABLE (1959 – 1963)

the-untouchables

Creator: Quinn Martin 

Cast: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade.

Chicago, 1930, time of the prohibition.It is a great time for organized crime. One of the bosses is Al Capone (Newille Brand) he rules Chicago. He was into Crime, prostitution, bootleggers , racketeering etc…… People are willing to pay any price to drink alcohol, and sometimes it is their life they have to pay with. Than came Elliot Ness ( Robert Stack) and his team, and guess what party is over. They tried to defeat the corruption and Al Capone and yes they are all alone, they do not have any friends.

Ness has five man who works for him Martin Flaherty (Jerry Paris), Jack Rossman, (Steve London), Enrico Rossi (Nicholas Georgiade), Lamarr Kane (Chuck Hicks) and William Youngfellow (Abel Fernandez). What I like in this series they didn’t glamorized the criminals even the bosses. A bunch of regular police and gang lords types was also developed, played by Oscar Beregi, Joseph Ruskin, Frank Willcox, and Nehemiah Persoff with regular police and useful guest stars being hired a number of times.You see back then profanity, obscenity, Gore, and gory violence weren’t in place. It was nice and clean. Great series I remember seeing it on the rerun and I loved it.

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