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Probe (1972)

TV Movie  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  21 February 1972 (USA)
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High-tech investigations company World Securities uses agents, called Probes, to solve various international cases, such as the retrieval of a famous diamond collection stolen by the Nazis during WW2.

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Heideline 'Uli' Ullman
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Frieda Ullman
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Harold L. Streeter (as Sir John Gielgud)
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Dr. Edward Laurent
Alfred Ryder ...
Cheyne
Ben Wright ...
Kurt van Niestat
Robert Boon ...
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Albert Popwell ...
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Carlos Lobos (as A. Martinez)
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Pilot for sci-fi detective series "Search." Hugh O'Brian as Lockwood, a high-tech private eye, was outfitted with two electronic implants (one to hear what was said at HQ and a dental contact he could bite to communicate with HQ--one bite for yes and two bites for no) and a button-sized "scanner" that combined a micro-miniaturized television camera that could also see in infrared spectrum, microphone, medical sensors, and transmitter, putting him in constant contact with a room full of experts monitoring his actions and vital signs and supplying him with encyclopedic information. Burgess Meredith as Cameron, Lockwood's "head kibitzer." Story involves missing diamonds. Series plots tended to be "missing object(s) or person(s)"-type detective stories, rather than murder "whodunits" or "howcatchems." Written by James H. H. Lampert <jamesl@hb.quik.com>

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In the movie it is explained that a famous collection of diamonds was stolen during WW2 by the Nazis, namely by Nazi leader Hermann Goering.In real life, Nazi leader Hermann Goering, was an avid collector of diamonds and other precious gems.Nazi Minister of Armaments, Albert Speer, wrote in his memoirs about Goering's habit of filing his coat's pockets with precious gems and often time running his hands through the gems. See more »

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Way ahead of its time
22 September 2006 | by (Washington state) – See all my reviews

I can add little to the excellent previous reader comments about the movie.

I disagree a bit on the TV series. I thought the rotating cast was a brilliant idea, and actually preceded rotating casts on a number of other shows. I was always a fan of all three actors.

One of the most common comments I heard during the short TV show run was "It's too unrealistic...a TV camera the size of a pendant? Being able to talk to the Probe ANYWHERE in the world? A computer system that's linked to computers all over the country? Those things will never happen." Of course, we take all three of those things for granted today.

I think the demise of the TV show was, at least in part, due to the fact that the ideas (much like Star Trek) were way too far ahead of their time.

While the pilot movie appears on TV from time-to-time, I have never seen the TV series run. I would love to get the series on DVD.


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