Frank Sinatra, in his last major acting role (he planned to appear on "Magnum, P.I." again the following season, but Tom Selleck's scheduling conflicts forced the producers to cut back the episodes ...
Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV is an ex-Navy "NIA" (ONI) Captain and Vietnam Special Ops veteran who resigned his commission at age 33 because he never got to be 23. On the beautiful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. who enjoys life, his buddies and friends and who works just hard enough to keep it real. Written by
Tom Selleck is a big Detroit Tigers baseball fan. Magnum would often wear a Tigers cap. Several episodes feature references to the Tigers, including numerous references from recurring character, Police Lt. Yoshi Tanaka.
When the Tigers won the World Series in 1984, CBS made tentative plans to film an episode in the Detroit area. In the end, two Tigers players (Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker) made cameos in the episode 'A Sense of Debt', when Magnum meets the players in a Detroit bar. Stock footage of Tigers Stadium is used. See more »
[Higgins and Magnum find out Central Grocers is a front for laundering money]
Jonathan Quayle Higgins III:
Well, I doubt you'll still find the money in your local accommodating bank. The funds have probably been transferred to a tax haven country. I'm quite familiar with this type of laundering scheme from my days in MI6. I remember one most intriguing case...
Thomas Sullivan Magnum III:
Do you have the number of the Central Grocers?
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Magnum to me is pretty much the logical heir to Jim Rockford in the fact that many of the same themes that were so prevalent on Rockford were on this show. Magnum to me was an ordinary guy who got caught up in extraordinary situations just like Rockford, but unlike Rockford Magnum still had many of the trappings of glamor that were associated with other detective series (ironically, Tom Selleck made several guest appearances on "The Rockford Files" playing the too good to be true Lance White). The other thing that I think made him endearing is the fact that he pretty much had a regular guy persona even though he was living in the lap of luxury and even though I wasn't as big a fan of this show as I was "Rockford" I can still see why this show was a classic.
And another thing, it wasn't just Selleck. This show could also be seen as an ensemble with Roger Moseley as T.C., Larry Manetti as Rick and, of course, John Hillerman as the stuffy Higgins all giving wonderful supporting performances.
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