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Release Date:
19 September 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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A Casualty Of Watergate See more (16 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 636)

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
Marvin Miller ... Narrator / ... (186 episodes, 1966-1974)
William Reynolds ... Special Agent Tom Colby / ... (161 episodes, 1966-1974)
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Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (37 episodes, 1969-1974)
Don Medford (32 episodes, 1965-1974)
Jesse Hibbs (28 episodes, 1966-1970)
William Hale (17 episodes, 1967-1971)
Ralph Senensky (16 episodes, 1966-1972)
Christian Nyby (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Douglas (13 episodes, 1967-1974)
Robert Day (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Philip Abbott (8 episodes, 1970-1974)
Gene Nelson (7 episodes, 1967-1970)
William A. Graham (6 episodes, 1965)
Seymour Robbie (6 episodes, 1971-1974)
Paul Wendkos (5 episodes, 1966)
Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
William Wiard (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lewis Allen (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Michael O'Herlihy (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Carl Barth (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Walter Grauman (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
George McCowan (2 episodes, 1968)
Nicholas Webster (2 episodes, 1971)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Arnold Laven (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Marc Daniels (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Writing credits
Mark Rodgers (31 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert Heverly (30 episodes, 1968-1973)
Mark Weingart (15 episodes, 1967-1973)
Gerald Sanford (13 episodes, 1966-1972)
Norman Jolley (12 episodes, 1965-1971)
Don Brinkley (11 episodes, 1965-1971)
Charles Larson (11 episodes, 1965-1969)
Ed Waters (11 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert M. Young (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Robert Leslie Bellem (6 episodes, 1965-1967)
Anthony Spinner (6 episodes, 1966-1970)
Andy Lewis (6 episodes, 1966-1969)
Calvin Clements Sr. (6 episodes, 1972-1974)
Norman Lessing (5 episodes, 1965-1973)
David W. Rintels (5 episodes, 1965-1970)
E. Arthur Kean (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Warren Duff (5 episodes, 1969-1972)
Jack Turley (4 episodes, 1969-1973)
Dick Nelson (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert C. Dennis (3 episodes, 1967-1973)
Robert I. Holt (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
John D.F. Black (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Schneider (3 episodes, 1968)
Robert W. Lenski (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ron Bishop (2 episodes, 1966-1971)
Robert J. Shaw (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Leonard Kantor (2 episodes, 1966)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1966)
John W. Bloch (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Barry Oringer (2 episodes, 1968-1973)
Peter Allan Fields (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Albert Aley (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Arthur Heinemann (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Soderberg (2 episodes, 1968)
Benjamin Masselink (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Irv Pearlberg (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1974)
S.S. Schweitzer (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Quinn Martin .... executive producer (240 episodes, 1965-1974)
Adrian Samish .... supervising producer (152 episodes, 1968-1974)
Charles Larson .... producer (114 episodes, 1965-1969)
Mark Weingart .... associate producer (103 episodes, 1968-1972)
Philip Saltzman .... producer (103 episodes, 1969-1973)
Norman Jolley .... associate producer (68 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Heverly .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Anthony Spinner .... producer (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mark Rodgers .... associate producer (18 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (23 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard Markowitz (16 episodes, 1965-1973)
Sidney Cutner (14 episodes, 1966-1970)
Duane Tatro (13 episodes, 1968-1974)
John Elizalde (5 episodes, 1968-1971)
Willard Jones (4 episodes, 1970-1973)
Leo Arnaud (2 episodes, 1965)
Albert Harris (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Cinematography by
William W. Spencer (164 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert C. Moreno (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jack Swain (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
Andrew J. McIntyre (5 episodes, 1966)
Fred Mandl (4 episodes, 1970)
Robert J. Bronner (3 episodes, 1966)
William T. Cline (3 episodes, 1967)
Harold E. Wellman (3 episodes, 1971-1974)
Robert Hoffman (2 episodes, 1965-1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Marston Fay (64 episodes, 1966-1973)
Jodie Copelan (39 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jerry Young (27 episodes, 1965-1970)
Thomas Neff (23 episodes, 1965-1970)
Donald Hoskinson (23 episodes, 1972-1974)
Michael Brown (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ray Daniels (3 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Casting by
Bert Remsen (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Y. Haman (227 episodes, 1965-1974)
Dale Hennesy (11 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Hoyle Barrett (215 episodes, 1965-1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dan Greenway .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1965-1967)
William Turner .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Arthur Fellows .... in charge of production / executive in charge of production (207 episodes, 1966-1974)
Howard P. Alston .... production manager / executive production manager (142 episodes, 1965-1974)
Dick Gallegly .... production manager / unit production manager (142 episodes, 1966-1973)
Adrian Samish .... executive in charge of production / in charge of production (56 episodes, 1966-1968)
Wilbur Mosier .... unit production manager (38 episodes, 1967-1968)
Glenn Cook .... unit production manager / post-production supervisor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Walter Coblenz .... unit production manager (24 episodes, 1969-1970)
Ben Chapman .... production manager (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Elizalde .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Maharis .... location manager (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1968-1973)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director (80 episodes, 1965-1974)
Phil Cook .... assistant director (60 episodes, 1966-1973)
Carl Barth .... second unit director / assistant director (29 episodes, 1967-1972)
David Whorf .... assistant director / first assistant director (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1971-1972)
David Hawks .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Fred Gammon .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Daley .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1967)
Donald Roberts .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Ken Swor .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1974)
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
William McGarry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1968)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1973)

Craig Huston .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Wilbur Mosier .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Robert Rubin .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
William L. Stevenson .... sound effects editor (9 episodes, 1965-1967)
Francis E. Stahl .... production mixer / production sound mixer (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
William A. Phillips .... sound effects editor (7 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert B. Lee .... production sound mixer / production mixer (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts / stunt double / ... (10 episodes, 1965-1974)
Larry Holt .... stunts (8 episodes, 1968-1974)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (4 episodes, 1973)

Bill Catching .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Loren Janes .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Paul McWilliams .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Regina Parton .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Sawaya .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
David Sharpe .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dean Smith .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Bird .... chief electrician (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
John F. Baron .... chief electrician (3 episodes, 1967)
George Bennett .... chief electrician (2 episodes, 1966)

Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1966)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Carl Barth .... editorial coordinator (29 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard K. Brockway .... editorial supervisor (21 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ray Daniels .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Loeffler .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bob Piercy .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Donald Hoskinson .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1966-1967)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: theme music / composer: series theme / ... (218 episodes, 1965-1974)
Ken Wilhoit .... music editor / music supervisor (98 episodes, 1970-1974)
John Elizalde .... music supervisor / composer: stock music (76 episodes, 1968-1973)
Dominic Frontiere .... conductor / music conductor (61 episodes, 1965-1967)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (12 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard Markowitz .... composer: stock music (6 episodes, 1967-1971)
Joe Tuley .... music editor (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation dispatcher (26 episodes, 1971-1972)
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Other crew
John Conwell .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producer / ... (239 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert Heverly .... story consultant (76 episodes, 1969-1972)
Mark Rodgers .... story consultant (38 episodes, 1966-1967)
Arthur Fellows .... assistant to executive producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John D. Craig .... technical advisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gerald Sanford .... story consultant (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert Leslie Bellem .... story consultant (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Arthur Weingarten .... executive story consultant (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Harry Fried .... story editor (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Maharis .... location manager (19 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Thanks
J. Edgar Hoover .... appreciation to (4 episodes, 1970)
 

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60 min (239 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
In June of 2009, real life FBI director Robert Mueller honored Efrem Zimbalist Jr. with a plaque and badge making Zimbalist an honorary FBI Agent for his work on the series.See more »
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Soundtrack:
F.B.I. ThemeSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Casualty Of Watergate, 5 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I don't think it was an accident that The FBI came to television when it did and left when it did. If J. Edgar Hoover was one thing it was that he was conscious of the image of his agency. He really did personally supervise films like The Street With No Name, The House On 92nd Street, and The FBI Story, anything where the Bureau was involved. And it was never shown in a bad light.

But in 1965 we had just lost a president through assassination and while the FBI does not have direct responsibility for presidential protection, the rumblings about Hoover's relationship with the Kennedys were being heard. I think Hoover felt that the FBI needed some good publicity so this show was aired.

It wasn't a bad show, it wasn't the best police action adventure show on television, but it had its share of well acted episodes. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. was a stalwart defender of law and order and he was ably assisted first by Stephen Brooks and later William Reynolds for most of the show's run and then Shelley Novack. Take a look at the cat list, a whole lot of people who later became prominent appeared in this show.

Hoover died in 1972, rather suddenly and the FBI then became a casualty of the Watergate Scandal. It was put forth in that film The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover that if Hoover had lived a few more years, Watergate would never have seen the light of day. I think there's some truth to that. In any event acting director L. Patrick Gray was forced to resign in the whole Watergate mess and a show about The FBI just wasn't a big item any more for television.

Indirectly I think the show was a casualty of Watergate as well though it was probably nearing its end in any event. No coincidence it ended in the year Richard Nixon resigned as president.

Still The FBI is both a reflection of the times and it somehow stood outside the changes that were going on in America during its run.

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