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The Underground Man

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(NBC, 5/6/1974, 120 mins). Peter Graves, completely miscast as novelist Ross MacDonald’s private eye, Lew Archer, goes after the kidnappers of an old flame’s young son and gets mixed up in a series of murders going back 15 years. This was the pilot for the subsequent very short-lived (six episodes) series “Archer” that began in January 1975 and starred Brian Keith, a better but not ideal choice.

Production Companies Paramount Network Television, Aries Films. Director Paul Wendkos. Executive Producer Howard W. Koch. Producer Phil Parslow. Teleplay Doug Heyes. Based on the Novel by Ross MacDonald. Photography Earl Rath. Music Richard Hazard. Theme song by Marvin Hamlisch. Editor Norman Wallerstein, Richard E. Rabjohn. Art Director Jack F. DeShields.

Cast Peter Graves (Lew Archer), Sharon Farrell (Marty Nickerson), Celeste Holm (Beatrice Broadhurst), Jim Hutton (Stanley Broadhurst), Kay Lenz (Sue Crandall), Biff McGuire (Cassidy), Vera Miles (Eleanor Strome), Jo Ann Pflug (Jean Broadhurst), Dame Judith Anderson (Mrs. Snow), Jack Klugman (Sheriff Tremaine), Arch Johnson (Joe Kelsey), Bill McKinney (Willy Coggins), Lee Paul (Fritz Snow), Ian John Tanza (Jerry Kilpatrick), Judson Morgan (Dr. Platt), Bill Stout (Newscaster), Maxine Stuart (Librarian), Jay Varela (Dr. Silcox), Erick Hines (Ronny Broadhurst), Sheila Dabney (Rent-A-Car girl), Carlena Gower (Sue at age 6), Bonita Ralen (Sue at age 18), Lawrence Montaigne (Leo Broadhurst).

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