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director quinn william productions

(CBS, 3/26/1971, 120 mins). In this pilot for the long-running series (1971-77), a portly, well-heeled investigator looks into the murder of an old flame’s husband and becomes enmeshed in a web of small-town corruption. Longtime character actor William Conrad finally attained stardom with this role. Previously he had been one of the great radio voices, a frequent screen and TV villain, a motion picture producer and director, and often narrator of Quinn Martin’s various productions on television as well as the classic “Rocky and Bullwinkle” animated series.

Production Company Quinn Martin Productions. Director George McCowan. Executive Producer Quinn Martin. Producers Adrian Samish, Arthur Fellows. Teleplay Edward Hume. Photography John A. Alonzo. Music Robert Drasnin. Editor Jerry Young. Art Director Phil Barber.

Cast William Conrad (Frank Cannon), Vera Miles (Diana Langston), J.D. Cannon (Lt. Kelly Redfield), Lynda Day (Christie), Barry Sullivan (Calhoun), Keenan Wynn (Eddie), Murray Hamilton (Virgil Holley), Earl Holliman (Magruder), John Fiedler (Jake), Lawrence Pressman (Herb Mayer), Ross Hagen (Red Dunleavy).

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