Cannon is hired to help a man avoid paying his gambling debt with his life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Hauser
Cathy Hauser
Ben Logan
Jason Logan (as Michael Glaser)
James Bancroft
Gary Clarke ...
Mel Warren
Charles Bateman ...
James Nolan
Maida Severn
Gary Pagett
Richard DiSante
Bill Brooker
Jolivett Cato


Cannon is hired to help a man avoid paying his gambling debt with his life.

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Action | Crime | Mystery | Drama





Release Date:

20 December 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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You really have to wonder why Cannon even bothered.
29 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Nobody Beats the House" is a very weak episode of "Cannon". While it's reasonably entertaining, a lot of the show doesn't make a lot of sense. Cannon is hired by the wife of a total idiot (Tom Skerritt). It seems that her idiot husband is a compulsive gambler and the people he owes are threatening to kill him. Cannon decides the best way to handle it is to perform a 'Sting' all by himself.

This is an irritating episode because the writer didn't seem to know much about addictions and the characters behaved weirdly. Considering that Cannon is a detective and ex-cop, you'd think he wouldn't just blindly assume that his client has gotten over his addiction--but he does. And, you wouldn't think that Cannon would promise that this addict would pay back loans--but he does. And, you'd think when he has a client THIS obnoxious and unwilling to help that he'd just walk away--but he doesn't. Overall, a weak episode with an entertaining ending.

By the way, this episode features quite a few familiar faces in addition to Skerrit--John Marley, Geoffrey Lewis and Paul Michael Glaser.

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