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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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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Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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21 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Throughout the presentation the usage of OCR typeface is used, as was common during the infant days of the computer era in motion pictures. Unique to this tele-film (amongst many particular other cinematic devices), is the ending which rather than the common "The End" signature is "End Run" in OCR type, indicative of magnetic tape and punch card batch programming. See more »

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A piece of stock footage showing a 707 taking off is played at the wrong aspect ratio. See more »

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[Cameron is discouraging Lockwood's romantic distraction after his dinner with Uli]
Heideline 'Uli' Ullman: It's later...
V.C.R. Cameron: Miss Ullman's right. Listen to her!
Heideline 'Uli' Ullman: ...and time to go to bed.
V.C.R. Cameron: Hold the remarks, everybody! Now Lockwood, you have a long flight ahead of you tomorrow. It's time to assist the young lady to the elevator.
[Lockwood offers Uli his hand]
Hugh Lockwood: May I?
Heideline 'Uli' Ullman: Mais oui!
[or "May we!"]
Dr. Griffin: If she's speaking French, the lady says "yes".
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Followed by Search (1972) See more »

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Probe --- Search
2 April 2006 | by (New Market, MD) – See all my reviews

This TV movie / pilot was very interesting. Adding Sir John Gielgud to the cast gave it more gravitas. The diamond caper with the Nazi angle was fairly clever. When the show became a series, Hugh O'Brian (of "Wyatt Earp" fame) did not want to do a full time series. Unfortunately, the temperamental Tony Franciosa and the untalented Doug McClure were drafted to form a three agent "wheel". Each took turns every week. The series may have succeeded with the commanding presence of O'Brian, but it was watered down by Franciosa and McClure and faltered. The concept was great: having an agent jacked into to a mission control center that could advise and assist him in real time through a surgically implanted audio communication system and a miniature video camera that could be mounted on a ring or worn on a necklace. TV movie was fun, the series was a turkey.


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