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
Soon after this show ended, Universal floated the idea of a theatrical film with the original cast. Tom Clancy wrote a script about Magnum returning to the Navy and his subsequent adventures. Universal ultimately felt that the original cast and Clancy's script would not be a big enough draw at the box-office. See more »
Magnum P.I. was the best series of the early eighties. Sometimes the stories were weak (too often, especially in the 2nd season), and the acting hokey, and in the first season the production values were laughable.
However, if it had even an ok storyline, the performances of TC, Rick, Higgins and especially Tom Selleck would emanate with charm, humor, and often believable action.
However, what was most memorable (especially for me, stuck on a horrifyingly dreary school routine), were the open seas, the open skies and general tropical landscape. And of course most importantly, every week a crime or mystery would be solved.
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