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"Cannon" Stakeout (1972)

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Harold Gast (writer)
Edward Hume (developed for television by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
11 October 1972 (Season 2, Episode 5)
Cannon witnesses the attempted holdup of a bar and shoots the thief before he escapes. The man was with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A neat idea but there are some serious forensic flaws in this one. See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

William Conrad ... Frank Cannon

Patrick O'Neal ... Arlo Hemming

Belinda Montgomery ... Anne (as Belinda J. Montgomery)

Mike Farrell ... Ron

Sheree North ... Millie Carroll

Charles Bateman ... Lt. Tarcher
Frank Maxwell ... D.A. Wayne Kerr

Kenneth Tobey ... Sgt. Fred Macklin
Curt Conway
Rozelle Gayle
William Chilles
David Thorpe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Russell ... Hemming's Driver (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Leo Penn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Gast  writer
Edward Hume  developed for television by

Produced by
Harold Gast .... producer
Quinn Martin .... executive producer
Adrian Samish .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Michel Mention 
Cinematography by
Jack Swain (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Kaye 
Art Direction by
Bill Kenney 
Set Decoration by
Frank Lombardo  (as Francisco Lombardo)
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
Howard P. Alston .... executive production manager (as Howard Alston)
Arthur Fellows .... executive in charge of production
Lou Place .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Whorf .... assistant director
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
John Elizalde .... music supervisor
John Carl Parker .... composer: theme music (as John Parker)
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Earl Booth .... executive story editor
John Conwell .... assistant: executive producer
Hank Simms .... announcer (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Directed by
E. Arthur Kean 
Jimmy Sangster 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Hume  developed for television by
George McCowan 

Film Editing by
Saul Caplan 
Casting by
Tom Palmer 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Slosser .... dga trainee
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunt coordinator
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating)


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A neat idea but there are some serious forensic flaws in this one., 19 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The show begins with Cannon doing a stakeout at a local bar. It seems some scum-bags have been robbing the place and Cannon is waiting in case it occurs. During this time, a loving young couple is sitting and gazing at each other. Unexpectedly, the guy (Mike Farrell--in a VERY unusual sort of role for him) attempts to rob the place and is confronted by Cannon. The scum-bag pulls a gun and Cannon shoots him in the arm. At this point, the guy's lady friend grabs Cannon and the scum-bag shoots her! She isn't killed, but clearly she is an accomplice.

Cannon is concerned because the lady refuses to tell the police anything about the robber--and even goes so far as to claim Cannon shot her!* So, out of a misguided sense of loyalty, he approaches the lady's father--after all, he's a retired cop and so is Cannon. However, instead of trying to get his daughter to talk, the cop (Patrick O'Neal) instead intimidates witnesses and even shoots at one of them!! Nice guy, huh?! When this doesn't work, Cannon tries being nice to the lady in order to get her to talk. But after this, Daddy brings out the BIG guns...literally. Can Frank Cannon possibly get himself out of this mess or is he looking to assume room temperature? The idea behind "Stakeout" is great and I loved parts of it, the film had problems due to major plot holes. The sum total is worth watching--in fact it's very good. But with only a few minor changes, it COULD have been great.

*While I am certainly no expert at forensics, I am pretty sure that even in 1972 the lady's story she gave the police would have been disproved almost instantly. First, if Cannon HAD shot her, he was only inches away and there would have been tons of powder residue--something you wouldn't find from the boyfriend's gun because he was 10-20 feet away from her at the time. Second, I am sure the entry/exit wounds would have been MUCH different depending on how close she was to the shooter. Both should have been very, very easy to prove--and I am sure the audience would have also realized this. And, because of this, the whole story line about intimidated witnesses was really irrelevant.

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