Cannon investigates an alleged murder-suicide involving rich and powerful families in a small town.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mayor Helen Blyth
Sheriff Jesse Luke
Ian Kirk
Arthur Gibson
Martin Ross
Louise Troy ...
Louise Gibson
Marion Luke
Hanna Freel
Deputy Coleman
Windom Salter
Jerry Ayres ...
Lenore Kasdorf ...
Sherry Benson


Cannon travels to the quiet, remote town of Mercer, California to help his friend Ian Kirk who is suspected of murdering his rich wife and her paramour Wade Gibson. Actor David Janssen plays Ian, a writer who met his wife Irene in Africa, got married and settled in her hometown. But Ian's considered an outsider who married for money. No one in town wants to believe that the local girl is responsible for her own death and that of her golden boy lover. The town would rather believe that the outcast is guilty of murdering his wife, whether or not he actually did it. As Cannon tries to prove his friend's innocence, he gets help from the mayor (actress Anne Baxter) but is stymied in his efforts by the sheriff's office. Several other viable suspects present themselves, people who had reason to hate Wade, including his stepfather and the sheriff's daughter.

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Action | Crime | Mystery | Drama





Release Date:

12 September 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car the murders take place in is a Ferrari 365 GTS/4, more commonly known as a Daytona Spyder. See more »


The Holbrooke Hotel that Cannon is staying is only 2 floors high. So when Cannon complains to owners about the elevator being out of order and having to walk up and down 4 floors would of course be impossible. See more »


[first lines]
clerk: Fancy bottle, Mr. Kirk. Expensive too. Does that make the liquor taste better?
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Available on DVD or VHS?
24 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If anyone has a quality copy of this two-part episode on VHS or, preferably, DVD, would you please contact me? It was filmed in my home town (Grass Valley, CA) and I've been looking for it for years! It was fascinating watching all the well-known celebrities (Anne Baxter, Barry Sullivan, David Janssen, etc.) traipsing around town, as well as a few reliable supporting actors (Royal Dano, Murray Hamilton, Dabbs Greer, etc.) whom I did not know at the time but came to be familiar with over the years. I do not believe this has had an official video release at any time over the years, so I'd be most grateful to anyone who can help me find it. Thanks!

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