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16 September 1970 (USA) See more »
The toughest cowboy to ever take on the mean streets of New York.
Sam McCloud is a Marshal from a Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss. Full summary »
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Kudos for all the comments! See more (10 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 89)

Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud (46 episodes, 1970-1977)

J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford / ... (45 episodes, 1970-1977)

Terry Carter ... Sgt. Joe Broadhurst / ... (41 episodes, 1970-1977)

Series Directed by
Bruce Kessler (7 episodes, 1970-1977)
Russ Mayberry (7 episodes, 1970-1975)
Lou Antonio (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
E.W. Swackhamer (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Douglas Heyes (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jack Smight (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Barry Shear (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ron Satlof (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Writing credits
Herman Miller (45 episodes, 1970-1977)
Glen A. Larson (11 episodes, 1970-1977)
Lou Shaw (8 episodes, 1974-1976)
Peter Allan Fields (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Michael Gleason (4 episodes, 1972-1974)
Michael Sloan (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Douglas Heyes (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
Leslie Stevens (2 episodes, 1970)
Jimmy Sangster (2 episodes, 1974)

Francesca Turner (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Glen A. Larson .... executive producer / producer (37 episodes, 1970-1977)
Ron Satlof .... producer / supervising producer / ... (23 episodes, 1974-1977)
Winrich Kolbe .... associate producer (15 episodes, 1974-1976)
Michael Gleason .... producer / supervising producer (11 episodes, 1972-1974)
Peter Allan Fields .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Dean Hargrove .... producer (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Lou Shaw .... producer (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bill Egan .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1970)
Leslie Stevens .... executive producer / producer (6 episodes, 1970)
Gilbert Bettman Jr. .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Arthur E. McLaird .... associate producer (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Michael Sloan .... producer (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Herbert Wright .... associate producer / executive producer / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Original Music by
Stu Phillips (13 episodes, 1973-1976)
David Shire (7 episodes, 1970)
Dick DeBenedictis (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Billy Goldenberg (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Lee Holdridge (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Frank De Vol (3 episodes, 1973-1975)
Series Cinematography by
Ben Colman (7 episodes, 1970-1975)
John M. Stephens (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
William Margulies (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
William Cronjager (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alric Edens (2 episodes, 1974)
Sol Negrin (2 episodes, 1974)

Ronald W. Browne (unknown episodes)
Gabriel Torres (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Robert L. Kimble (5 episodes, 1970)
Michael Berman (5 episodes, 1973-1976)
Bob Kagey (4 episodes, 1970)
Robert Watts (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Jean Jacques Berthelot (3 episodes, 1970)
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Carl Pingitore (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
John Kaufman (2 episodes, 1972)
Chuck McClelland (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

Edward Haire (unknown episodes)
George R. Rohrs (unknown episodes)
John F. Schreyer (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Alexander A. Mayer (13 episodes, 1972-1975)
William H. Tuntke (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
George C. Webb (6 episodes, 1970)
Allen E. Smith (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Set Decoration by
Joseph J. Stone (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Claire P. Brown (9 episodes, 1973-1975)
Series Costume Design by
Burton Miller (10 episodes, 1972-1974)
Richard Hopper (5 episodes, 1970)
Series Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1970)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1970)
Series Production Management
Jack Terry .... unit manager (9 episodes, 1972-1974)
Joseph E. Kenney .... unit manager / unit production manager (5 episodes, 1970)
Edward K. Dodds .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Harker Wade .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1974-1976)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1971-1975)
Steve Siporin .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
James A. Westman .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Harker Wade .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1970)
William J. Hole Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1971)
Victor Vallejo .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jack Barry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert Saunders .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1974)

Scott U. Adam .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Michael Behrman .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Carl Beringer .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
William Holbrook .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Ronald Martinez .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Edward E. Vaughan .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Edwin S. Hall .... sound / sound editor (8 episodes, 1970-1972)
John Erlinger .... sound / sound editor (8 episodes, 1973-1975)
John K. Kean .... sound (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound / sound editor (2 episodes, 1970)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (2 episodes, 1972)
Albert D. Cuesta .... sound / sound editor (2 episodes, 1974-1975)

José B. Carles .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Brian Courcier .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (unknown episodes)
Thomas McMullen .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Robert J. Miller .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
James F. Rogers .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Jerry Smith .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects (1 episode, 1971)
Series Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (8 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bob Herron .... stunts (2 episodes, 1970-1977)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (2 episodes, 1974-1975)

Denny Arnold .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Fred Carson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bill Catching .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James W. Gavin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James Winburn .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Burton Miller .... costumes / costumes: women (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Richard Hopper .... costumes (2 episodes, 1971)

James Kessler .... costumes (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (30 episodes, 1970-1975)
Steve Johnson .... colorist / colorist: remaster verson (11 episodes, 1970-1972)
Series Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: "Mystery Movie" theme / composer: Mystery Movie Theme / ... (39 episodes, 1971-1977)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (19 episodes, 1972-1975)

Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Al Teeter .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Gerald Tueber .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (5 episodes, 1970)
Series Other crew
Claudio De Davide .... Dubbing, italian edition, artist Dennis Weaver (39 episodes, 1971-1977)
Hank Simms .... announcer (32 episodes, 1972-1977)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles (26 episodes, 1971-1975)
Winrich Kolbe .... assistant to producer (3 episodes, 1974)

Michael Sloan .... story editor (unknown episodes)

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"McCloud" was a television reboot of the Clint Eastwood movie, "Cugan's Bluff."See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mccloud's accent is totally wrong for someone supposedly from Taos New Mexico. Taos is located in northern New Mexico, and Anglos there do not speak in that sort of accent, but rather more or less a general American accent.See more »
Sam McCloud:If I was you, I'd find a trail out o' here before ya get me riled up.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Kudos for all the comments!, 22 March 2004
Author: ( from Lubbock, Texas

I love this website and all the comments on it! McCloud was my favorite TV series and still is way up there. I would love to trade with anyone who has the 90-minute episodes on home video. I have the 2-hour shows from A&E and some of the 90-minute shows from the CBS Late Movie, but fairly often I have only opening and closing credits for episodes (particularly from the poor second season, and the going-downhill seventh).

One correction: "Return to the Alamo," the best episode of the series, was directed by Walter Doniger. E.W. Swackhamer directed the next "Alamo" episode, "The Day New York Turned Blue," which is still my favorite. The first "This Must Be The Alamo" was directed by Bruce Kessler (who does an excellent job), and Dennis Weaver himself directed the last (and least available) "Alamo" episode, "'Twas The Fight Before Christmas," which among other things features "Dallas" star Linda Gray in her first major role. On re-watching this episode last Christmas, I think it may be the best in the whole series.

In my opinion, the show took a while to find its stride. The 60-minute first-season episodes, which were combined into 90-minute or 2-hour TV movies later on, are fair but a little too countrified for my taste. The second season is generally quite bad, due to writing by Peter Allan Fields (five of the seven episodes). When Glen A. Larson got back from "Alias Smith and Jones" and took over the reins in the third season, the writing got noticeably better (he scripted five of the best episodes -- the first three "Alamos," "The New Mexican Connection" and "Butch Cassidy Rides Again," as well as two of the worst -- "The Barefoot Stewardess Caper" and "Night of the Shark"). Michael Gleason was nearly as good a writer (with the fourth season's "The Colorado Cattle Caper" making the top five). Lou Shaw wasn't in their class, but turned in several good scripts ("The Man With the Golden Hat" was probably his best).

The show had more changes in theme music than any other series I know. David Shire contributed a pretty poor twangy theme song for the first two years. In year three, they had four themes in five episodes! (Two of them are "chase music" from the episodes themselves.") The show hit the mark with the fourth-season theme, which was re-arranged each season to lead off with the hard-driving music as McCloud and the horse pounded the pavement. It's my favorite theme of all time (the arrangement for season six is the best). In the seventh season, among many disappointments, the theme was cut down in the opening and used only three times over the opening credits. The 1989 "Return of Sam McCloud" reunion-film theme was forgettable and had no relation to the others. When will people learn that a good theme song and opening sequence is vital to a show's success????

The series really Jumped The Shark when Michael Sloan came on as producer and head writer during the final season. His debut, "Bonnie and McCloud," was pinned by Variety as "perhaps the sappiest episode in the entire series," and his next episode, "The Great Taxicab Stampede," is just plain idiotic. Surprisingly, his other two scripts ("'Twas The Fight Before Christmas" and "London Bridges") are pretty good; I suspect he had uncredited help and a lot of it.

Great job, fans!

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