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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
20 September 1978 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas can be seedy or glamorous... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations See more »
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(7 articles)
James MacArthur: 1937-2010
 (From IMDb News. 28 October 2010, 2:04 PM, PDT)

Tony Curtis: 1925 - 2010
 (From IMDb News. 30 September 2010, 6:24 AM, PDT)

Actor Byron Morrow Dies
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 124)

Robert Urich ... Dan Tanna (69 episodes, 1978-1981)

Bart Braverman ... Bobby 'Binzer' Borso (69 episodes, 1978-1981)

Phyllis Davis ... Beatrice Travis (69 episodes, 1978-1981)

Greg Morris ... Lt. David Nelson / ... (57 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Series Directed by
Don Chaffey (17 episodes, 1978-1981)
Cliff Bole (13 episodes, 1979-1981)
Lawrence Dobkin (5 episodes, 1978-1980)
Lawrence Doheny (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ray Austin (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Alf Kjellin (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Michael S. McLean (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Charlie Picerni (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sutton Roley (2 episodes, 1978)
Phil Bondelli (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dennis Donnelly (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Mann (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robert Earll (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
Herman Groves (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Burton Armus (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Larry Forrester (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Anne Collins (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
E. Nick Alexander (4 episodes, 1978-1980)
Judy Burns (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
David P. Harmon (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
James Schmerer (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bill Stratton (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Pat Dunlop (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert E. Swanson (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dallas L. Barnes (2 episodes, 1979)
Gerry Davis (2 episodes, 1979)
Chick Vennera (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive producer (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
E. Duke Vincent .... supervising producer / producer / ... (61 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jeffrey M. Hayes .... associate producer / producer: Las Vegas (55 episodes, 1978-1981)
Philip D. Fehrle .... producer / producer: Las Vegas (28 episodes, 1979-1980)
Larry Forrester .... producer / producer: Los Angeles (23 episodes, 1979-1980)
Herman Groves .... producer: Los Angeles (23 episodes, 1980-1981)
John B. Moranville .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Alan Godfrey .... producer (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dennis C. Duckwall .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
John Beal (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Artie Kane (10 episodes, 1979-1981)
Shorty Rogers (8 episodes, 1978-1981)
Mark Snow (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Duane Tatro (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Allyn Ferguson (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ben Lanzarone (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
John E. Davis (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Richard C. Glouner (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lamar Boren (10 episodes, 1979)

Edward R. Plante (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dennis C. Duckwall (13 episodes, 1978-1980)
Michael B. Hoggan (9 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bernard Balmuth (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Geoffrey Rowland (5 episodes, 1981)
Michael F. Anderson (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Gill (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Patrick M. Ryan (2 episodes, 1978)
Stanley Wohlberg (2 episodes, 1979)
Jack Hofstra (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Casting by
Gary Shaffer (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robin Lippin (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jan Van Tamelen (43 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gibson Holley (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Patricia Suzanne Bruner (10 episodes, 1979)
Victoria Hugo (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Buck Henshaw (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Costume Design by
Nolan Miller (23 episodes, 1979-1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (41 episodes, 1978-1981)
Brenda Boyd Bishop .... hair stylist (26 episodes, 1979-1981)
Allen Payne .... hair department head (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Caren Dahy .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Al Kraus .... supervising production manager (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Mel A. Bishop .... production manager (42 episodes, 1978-1981)
Dick Reilly .... post-production supervisor (32 episodes, 1978-1980)
Edward E. Vaughan .... unit production manager (21 episodes, 1980-1981)
Don Hall .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 1981)
Don Goldman .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
James M. Walters Jr. .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1978)
Bill Derwin .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1979)
James A. Westman .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chase Newhart .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bruce A. Simon .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jeff Srednick .... second assistant director (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Mayberry .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nick Smirnoff .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
Charles Washburn .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Ziker .... second unit director (7 episodes, 1978-1981)
Thomas Foulkes .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Catherine McCabe .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1979)
John D. Benson .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Robert Odom .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Art Department
Gordon Kirschbaum .... supervising construction coordinator (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Victor Hergert .... construction coordinator (67 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robert M. Anderson .... property master (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Coleman .... property master (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Sound Department
Pat Mitchell .... sound engineer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Vince Garcia .... sound engineer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jim Yant .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jules Nayfack .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1980)

John S. Coffey .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Robert 'Bobby' Rouge .... utility sound technician (unknown episodes)
Greg P. Russell .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Paul Wolfe .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Dutch Van Derbyl .... special effects (25 episodes, 1978-1980)
Don B. Courtney .... special effects (19 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt arranger / stunt coordinator (44 episodes, 1978-1981)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Heather Menzies / stunt double: Strother Martin (2 episodes, 1978-1979)

Lightning Bear .... additional stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Cangey .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary Epper .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Sherry Peterson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ran Ballard .... electrician (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Don Marshall .... gaffer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Michael McGreevy .... key grip (22 episodes, 1980-1981)

Don E. FauntLeRoy .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Gary Huddleston .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Robert F. Liu .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eilish Zebrasky .... costumer: women (23 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bucky Rous .... costumer: men (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Peggy Thorin .... costumer: women (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ronn Rynhart .... costumer: men (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Editorial Department
Michael S. McLean .... supervising film editor (46 episodes, 1978-1981)
Donald Freeman .... colorist (45 episodes, 1979-1981)
Arnold Baker .... assistant post-production supervisor (17 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: theme music (62 episodes, 1978-1981)
Greg Patterson .... assistant music editor (2 episodes, 1979)
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Transportation Department
Pete Johnson .... transportation captain (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Kenny Searle .... transportation captain (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Roger Wooge .... driver (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Other crew
Phill Norman .... title design / title designer (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Bill Sheally .... location auditor (29 episodes, 1978-1980)
Robert Earll .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1979-1981)
Burton Armus .... executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Anne Collins .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Mary Howard .... location auditor (16 episodes, 1980-1981)
Larry Forrester .... executive story consultant (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
E. Nick Alexander .... story consultant / executive story consultant (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Helen Parker .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bret Garwood .... executive coordinator (9 episodes, 1981)
Judy Redlin .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1979)
Paul Tinsley .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1979)
Judy Burns .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1979)

Sheila Menzies .... photo double / stand-in (unknown episodes)
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Leonard Martin .... acknowledgment: executive producer of Folies Bergere / acknowledgment: producer "The Tropicana Dancers" (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
 

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60 min (68 episodes)
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Complete Style Over Substance But Awesome Nonetheless, 25 May 2012
Author: gerard-21 from United States

Great, breezy show whose best feature is that it was filmed on location in fabulous Las Vegas. Created by Spelling-Goldberg productions in the same vein as its previous heavyweight crime series Starsky & Hutch and Charlie's Angels, it featured the same types of plots, music, action and parade of beautiful people and period heavies only now in a much more exciting locale!

Robert Urich was perfectly cast as private detective and Vietnam vet Dan Tanna, replete with a showgirl secretary, Beatrice and bumbling guy Friday, Binzer. Tony Curtis was really only present during the first season as casino owner Philip Roth, whose retainer to watch over his various Vegas hotel holdings basically allowed Dan to do a lot of pro-bono detective work. After appearing in the pilot, Greg Morris didn't join the regular cast as Lt. Dave Nelson until season 2 and then stayed through the series' end effectively replacing Tony Curtis' Roth as the authority figure in Dan's world. And no one could forget Tanna's amazing drive-in pad.

While there seemed to efforts to try and make Tanna a deeper character with complex emotions, we're talking seventies TV, so it was unfulfilled. Things had to be wrapped up with a neat, little bow in an hour with no time wasted on a character's personal struggles. Same thing with the plots which were great on the surface but rarely fully developed. But it was escapism at it's best given the setting and the setup.

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