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"Vega$" High Roller (1978)

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Original Air Date:
25 April 1978 (Season 1, Episode 0)
Las Vegas private eye Dan Tanna probes the murder of Marilyn Ochs, a teenage prostitute who ran away from home because she didn't get along well with her mother Loretta's new husband Merle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Urich ... Dan Tanna

Will Sampson ... Harlon Twoleaf

Chick Vennera ... Costigan

Michael Lerner ... Nate Stephanson
Elissa Leeds ... Marilyn

Red Buttons ... Tommy Cirko

June Allyson ... Loretta Ochs

Edd Byrnes ... Johnny Crystal

Scatman Crothers ... Rosie

Jack Kelly ... Merle Ochs

Greg Morris ... Lt. George Nelson

Bart Braverman ... Bobby 'Binzer' Borso
Johnnie Collins III

Phyllis Davis ... Beatrice Travis

Ned Glass ... Charlie

Judy Landers ... Angie Turner

John Quade ... Hugh

Naomi Stevens ... Sgt. Bella Archer
Jeannie Wilson ... Lucille

Tony Curtis ... Roth
Dian Parkinson ... Charlene

Catherine Hickland ... Julie

Colby Chester ... Larry Johnson
Al Stephans Scaglione (as Al Scaglione)
Janis Hansen ... Freedom East
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Wingreen ... Hank Adamek (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Lang 
Writing credits
Michael Mann (written by)

Produced by
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive producer
Jeffrey M. Hayes .... associate producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer
E. Duke Vincent .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (director of photography) (as Arch Dalzell)
Film Editing by
Dennis C. Duckwall 
Howard Kunin 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Art Direction by
Alfeo Bocchicchio 
Paul Sylos 
Set Decoration by
Bill Webb  (as Willie Webb)
Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager
Al Kraus .... supervising production manager
Mike Moder .... production manager
Dick Reilly .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Poer .... assistant director
Art Department
John Hollis .... construction coordinator
Gordon Kirschbaum .... supervising construction coordinator
Jerry Swift .... property master
Sound Department
Dick Le Grand .... sound editor
John Oliver .... sound mixer
Jim Yant .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Dutch Van Derbyl .... special effects
Robert W. King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Ronnie Rondell)
Editorial Department
Michael S. McLean .... supervising film editor
Location Management
George Grenier .... location manager
Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor
George Probert .... music editor
Other crew
Lynn A. Aber .... script supervisor (as Lynn Aber)
Renate Kamer .... assistant: executive producers
Diana Weatherill .... assistant: executive producers (as Diana Aretio)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating)

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Continuity: In exteriors of Dan breaking into pimp's apartment, he is in full view of parking lot; but in reverse shots from apartment interior there is another building wing directly behind him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows "Vega$" (1978)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the best detective series ever., 29 March 2000
Author: dnwalker from United States

Robert Urich was perfect as Dan Tanna, and Greg Morris as Lt. Nelson, Will Sampson as Harlin Twoleafs and Bart Braverman as Binzer are also well-cast and play interesting characters. Phyllis Davis, who plays Tanna's secretary, Bea Travis, was probably a beauty in her prime, but she was far past that stage in this series and was a little silly in her part-time role as a showgirl. Judy Landers' character, Angie Turner was too foolish for comment.

The notion of a private detective driving anything as conspicuous as a red '56 T-bird is ridiculous, but it fit Dan Tanna's personality so well that the viewer could easily accept it. The various cars driven by Binzer fit his personality also, as did Twoleaf's dirty pickup.

The plots weren't great, but most were good enough to be interesting, and the Las Vegas scenery, both inside and outside the casinos added to the viewing pleasure. One could drool over the idea of staying in one of the Desert Inn's two story suites.

Anytime reruns of this come on, tape them to view at your leisure.

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