McMillan & Wife: Season 1, Episode 0

Once Upon a Dead Man (17 Sep. 1971)

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The wife of a San Francisco police commissioner drags him into a charity auction theft, which leads to a murder.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief Andrew Yeakel
Andre Stryker (as René Auberjonois)
Edmond Corday
Mr. Wortzel
Gregory Constantine
James Wainwright ...
John Patterson
Lilyan Chauvin ...
Madame Jarnac
Linda Watkins ...
Emily Hull
Frank Orsatti ...
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Dr. Hinton
Gretchen Kanne ...
Jerry Harper ...


The wife of a San Francisco police commissioner drags him into a charity auction theft, which leads to a murder.

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fine police mystery with odd little touches
5 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Sally (Susan Saint James) is the wife of San Fransico Police Commissioner Stewart McMillan (Rock Hudson). She organizes a charity auction. She and her husband are at the auction when a valuable sarcophagus gets stolen. It's an embarrassment for the new commissioner. Then a antique dealer from the auction is killed right after talking to Sally and discovered by their ex-con driver.

It's a movie that serves as the pilot for 'McMillan & Wife'. For a TV production of that era, it's well made. The best aspect is the light fun loving chemistry between Hudson and SSJ. Hudson displays his charming leading man skills. SSJ shows her fun flighty side but keeps her character smart. The action isn't always the best. There is a run through San Franscio that turns into a bicycle chase. It's odd to see two guys in suits going downhill in a couple of 10 speed bikes. It's not the usual police chase. This movie is peppered with odd quirky touches like that.

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