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Long ago, Los Angeles, California was nicknamed the "City of Angels" since it was believed to be the last honest city in America. Not so for private detective Jake Axminster, who operates out of L.A. during the '30s, and will take almost any case as long as it pays. Frequently pushing the ethical envelope in following leads and slapping around witnesses, Jake frequently calls upon his lawyer Michael Brimm and his police contact Lt. Quint for assistance. Dizzy blonde Marsha is his secretary; she also operates an escort service out of Jake's office. Written by
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The location for Jake's office was the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, which also served as the office building for Frank Banyon (Robert Forster) on Banyon, Stu Bailey ('Efrem Zimbalist, Jr') on the final season of '77 Sunset Strip', and Sam Beckett on the 'Play It Again, Seymour' episode of 'Quantum Leap'. See more »
I remember this show! I was in college at the time and loved it. It gave me the inspiration to move to Los Angeles shortly after and I've been here ever since. The art deco furniture and cars, the old streets and vintage neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the 1930's-style clothing and architecture---all contributed to a very enjoyable TV series. Wayne Rogers was fantastic as the renegade detective who questioned authority. It was entertaining and classy. I'd love to see every episode again. I hope it comes out on DVD. The clever opening scene of every episode compared Los Angeles of the 1930's to the city as it was in 1976. Wayne described the corruption, the vice, the scandal and the crime of L.A. and humorously let us know that he was talking about the 1930's, NOT the 1970's!
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