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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.


(as Russell Mayberry)




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Cast overview:
Frieda Ullman
Gloria Harding
Harold L. Streeter (as Sir John Gielgud)
Dr. Edward Laurent
Kurt van Niestat
Robert Boon ...
Felix Ernst
Carlos Lobos (as A. Martinez)
Ginny Golden ...
Miss Keach


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





Release Date:

21 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Agent  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


When the diamond cutter asks at the hotel desk for the room number of Harold Streeter, he is given, in German, the number 371. Later, when Hugh Lockwood calls the room of Harold Streeter, he asks for room number 397. See more »


[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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Sophisticated high-tech fun
1 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Probe" was the pilot for the series "Search", which lasted barely a year. If the series had stuck to the quality of this pilot, it might have been a hit. Hugh O'Brian was a natural for the suave, polished lead; he was never at a loss for words. Burgess Meredith played the head of the "secret agency", who presided over the monitoring of Hugh's vital signs from the control room via high-tech spy equipment on Hugh's person. Several technicians helped Burgess in this endeavor, one of them the gorgeous Angel Tompkins. She frequently made catty and snide but very funny remarks about Hugh's hormonal reactions to the beautiful women he encountered, and since he could hear what she said via his earpiece, he frequently shot a quip back at her. This, and Burgess' performance, were the highlights of the show, and were quite entertaining.

The story involves a set of 6 missing jewels, which John Gielgud wants the Probe team to recover. Elke Sommer, Lilia Skalia and Alfred Ryder are also involved in some way with the jewels, and it's up to Hugh to figure out who's telling the truth since there is obviously more to this story than he was told. I enjoyed this show very much; it was extremely well-done and it's too bad they didn't continue on in this way.

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