The adventures of private eye Jefferson Keyes, who charges a cool million bucks for his services.








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 Jefferson Keyes (5 episodes, 1972)


Ex-government spy Jefferson Keyes is an always-in-demand private investigator who will travel anywhere in the world to take a case. His fee is a cool one million dollars, which includes a guarantee of success, or else the fee is refunded. He operates out of Lincoln, Nebraska with Elena, the telephone operator who knows how to contact Keyes, and Tony, the pilot of his private jet. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

16 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jefferson Keyes  »

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(4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After adjusting for inflation, Keyes' "cool million" fee would be equivalent to $5.65 million in 2014. See more »


Edited into The NBC Tuesday Mystery Movie (1971) See more »

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Not so cool

After a TV movie pilot, "Cool Million" joined the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in the 1972-73 season and rapidly established itself as a dud, barely worthy of notice beside the interesting "Banacek" with George Peppard and the excellent "Madigan" with Richard Widmark. Pretentious and dull, James Farentino's Jefferson Keyes was a private eye whose services cost a million bucks, thereby giving the character an exotic quality more at home on James Bond than Columbo (the most successful of the NBC Mystery Movie segments). If his services were worth such a fat payday, why were the mysteries he solved so dull? James Farentino did what he could with the part, but this show was barely worthy of its four episode run.

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