Cannon: Season 1, Episode 1

The Salinas Jackpot (14 Sep. 1971)

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An insurance company hires Cannon to track down the men who robbed a rodeo of $100,000.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sharon Acker ...
Glinda Donaldson
Shaun Donaldson
Charles Bateman ...
Sheriff Lamar Hendricks
Howdy Briscoe
Lucille Benson ...
Gus Lindeman (as Lee De Broux)
Bartlett Robinson ...
Mary Gregory ...
Lady Cashier
Richard Roat ...
Jim Rothberg
George Clifton ...


An insurance company hires Cannon to track down the men who robbed a rodeo of $100,000.

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When clowns go bad!
28 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

No wonder there is a phobia called 'Coulrophobia'! With shows like "The Salinas Jackpot" (with murdering and robbing rodeo clowns!), films like "It" and games like "Twisted Metal", you can understand why a lot of folks hate clowns!

The show begins with some guys in clown makeup robbing the rodeo--and the clowns killing everyone in the cashier's office since one of the folks recognized one of them. Soon, Cannon is hired to track down the killers and return the money. Along the way, he meets up with the killers--and they nearly knock him off as well. Unfortunately, when he seeks help from a super-selfish woman, she's less than no help at all. Could her young son (Vince Van Patten) possibly help an injured Frank Cannon?

Overall, this is a pretty exciting episode of "Cannon" and, oddly, it becomes a bit like "Home Alone" later in the show! Well written and executed--it's yet another reason NOT to trust clowns! I was particularly impressed with Van Patten--he was a pretty good actor for a kid.

In the series pilot episode, Cannon was shot. Here in the first regular episode, he's shot again!! I never really watched the series, so I can't tell you if the trend continued--but I assume the number of times Cannon got plugged soon decreased (else wise he'd soon look like a piece of Swiss Cheese!).

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