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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Edit

Cast

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
...
Doctor
...
Deputy Coleman
...
Banner
...
Windom Salter
Jerry Ayres ...
Deputy
Lenore Kasdorf ...
Sherry Benson
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Mystery | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 1973 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally two hours, it was split into two one-hour episodes for syndication. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
clerk: Fancy bottle, Mr. Kirk. Expensive too. Does that make the liquor taste better?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Top-heavy with stars...and available on DVD
13 April 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a two-part episode of "Cannon" and it is also unusual because of the number of big-name stars on hand...such as Anne Baxter, David Janssen, Murray Hamilton, Tim O'Connor and Barry Sullivan.

When the film begins, a woman and her lover are murdered. The hellish small town is like those you often see in shows like "Mannix", "Cannon" and "Quincy"....filled with prejudices and hatred towards outsiders. And, since the dead woman's husband (Janssen) is not from the town, they are quick to arrest him and assume he's guilty. Cannon has a seriously difficult time due to this, as he's an outsider who's come to town to try to help the outsider...and the local sheriff (Sullivan) seems willing to do ANYTHING to destroy Cannon's investigation...as are most of the townsfolk. The only one who seems reasonable is the mayor (Baxter)...but who knows...perhaps she's just as corrupt and awful as the rest of them.

This is a very good movie-like episode. My only complaint is that it has LOTS of twists...perhaps one or two too many. Still, nice acting and an interesting story involving an evil small town (yes, it is a bit of a cliché, I know) make it worth seeing.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?