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Change the title and hire Telly Savalas and Sherry Jackson
4 July 2006
"Target: The Corruptors" was an ambitious, big budget series from Dick
Powell's Four Star Productions ("Richard Diamond", "Wanted: Dead or
Alive", "Trackdown", "Michael Shayne", "The Big Valley").
Stephen McNally ("Johnny Belinda", "Violent Saturday") played
investigative reporter Paul Marino and Robert Harland was his
undercover "legman" Jack Flood. The heroes investigated corruption in
areas ranging from the garbage industry to law enforcement to the music
The series was apparently based on real life writer/reporter Lester
Velie, who was a co-producer. Velie had written articles about the
slums of New York and organized crime's infiltration of the garment
industry. He would go on to write stories about Jimmy Hoffa and Cuba.
The guest stars were top of the line. Walter Matthau and Peter Falk
were in the pilot and Jack Klugman and Vic Morrow were in the second
episode. Other guest stars included Gena Rowlands, David Janssen, Brian
Keith, Robert Culp, Robert Vaughn, Richard Long, Steve Forrest and
Both series stars were fine actors but I might have tried to sex up the
show a little with potentially more charismatic leads. My choices for
Paul Marino would have been Peter Falk, Martin Landau, Charles Bronson
or, best of all, Telly Savalas. For Marino's "legman" I would have
checked out Joanna Moore, Joanna Barnes or Sherry Jackson.
One of the series original titles would have been more evocative: "The
"Name of the Game" (1968-71) worked a similar investigative reporter
premise to better advantage, with Susan Saint James as the legman for
Anthony Franciosa, Robert Stack and Gene Barry. Stephen McNally guest
starred four times on "Name of the Game". McNally was more intriguing
as an actor when he took of his toupee and played kinky character roles
than he was as stolid, upright heroes like Paul Marino.
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