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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 rustic country sheriff from a rural part of the United States. He travels to the big city and joins the police force, using his country ways and laid-back approach to nab the bad guys. Full summary »
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Fine Entry in the Sunday Night NBC Mystery Movie Series See more (9 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 81)

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

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

Terry Carter ... Sergeant 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)
Matthew Howard (2 episodes, 1970)
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
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)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James W. Gavin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob Herron .... 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
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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The 1970-1971 television series, "Four-In-One" (1970), rotated four separate shows: Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" (1969), "McCloud" (1970), "San Francisco International Airport" (1970) and "The Psychiatrist" (1970). Two series were renewed for the 1971-1972 season, with "McCloud" becoming the most popular and longest running.See more »
Chris Coughlin:Gentlemen, I am sometimes a newspaper writer, never a reporter.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Fine Entry in the Sunday Night NBC Mystery Movie Series, 18 November 2008
Author: louiepatti from Manassas, VA

When the Mystery Movies started on NBC, the viewer was treated to a set of rotating series, including the great Columbo, the fresh MacMillan & Wife, the unusual Hec Ramsey, the very 70s Banacek, to name a few. And then there was this fish-out-of-water series about a New Mexican lawman working in the Big Apple, and it was cool, very fun and enjoyable.

Having never seen Coogan's Bluff, I had no comparison points and so took the program on its own merits. The cast was excellent. Lanky, likable Dennis Weaver wore Marshall Sam McCloud like a second skin, and because he'd been in Westerns, was believable as the cowboy cop; his riding and gun-handling skills appeared very natural, and he was also good at fight scenes. Short-fused police Chief Peter B. Clifford was his foil, adeptly portrayed by veteran actor J. D. Cannon. These two formed the main dynamic conflict for the programs. They were supported by a good cast of characters that included long-suffering Sergeant Joe Broadhurst(Terry Carter), a lovely reporter in love with Sam named Chris Coughlin(Diana Muldaur), and a changing roster of cops(including a delightful turn by Teri Garr as Sergeant Phyllis Norton).

The writing was decent, and the episodes where McCloud went even further afield to places like Australia, Paris and Hawaii were great. The chemistry of the cast was never flat, and there did slowly build in the cranky Chief Clifford a grudging respect for McCloud's unconventional approach to police investigation. When stuck in Hawaii on a trumped-up murder charge, Clifford is almost even glad that McCloud is there with him...almost.

Unlike some of the other shows that aired in the NBC Mystery Movies, this one has not grown stale or appears too dated, much like Columbo. Yes, it was at times formulaic, but the formula was appealing and easy to enjoy, and the main character less grating than some from that same time period. It wasn't as dated as Banacek or as silly as the Snoop Sisters, but like Columbo and McMillan & Wife, has aged gracefully and is still a fun ride, you betcha.

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