Magnum, P.I.: Season 7, Episode 17

Laura (25 Feb. 1987)

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Kenneth Geiger
Steven Keats ...
Clayton
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Doheny's partner & speaker at the retirement
Joan McMurtrey ...
Marian Doheny O'Hara
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Retired Police Sergeant Michael Doheny
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Laura
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Al Waterson ...
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Kathy Brock ...
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Frank Sinatra, in his last major acting role (he planned to appear on "Magnum, P.I." again the following season, but Tom Selleck's scheduling conflicts forced the producers to cut back the episodes and Sinatra's turn never came) casts him as a retired New York cop who learns that his beloved granddaughter was kidnapped and murdered by incredibly vicious sexual predators during his retirement celebration. Sgt. Doheny eventually tracks the two killers to Hawaii and enlists Magnum's help without telling him why he wants to find the men. One of the killers flees Doheny and is run over by a bus. In a quiet, intense way, Doheny describes the killing to Magnum and makes it perfectly clear that he will kill the other murderer if he finds him, no matter what the circumstances. Magnum goes along hoping to find the killer first and spare Doheny from a murder rap. Written by Peter Harris

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During a barroom fight scene, Frank Sinatra beat up an extra playing a character who wouldn't give him information (that was in the script) and then poured a glass of water over his head (that wasn't in the script). The producers liked the bit and kept it in the show. See more »

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In the photo and small video clip of the little girl on the swing in NYC, the vegetation is obviously tropical and not found in NYC parks. See more »

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Retired Police Sergeant Michael Doheny: She was my granddaughter! You slimy bastard. You beat her face to a pulp. You broke her body down to nothin' and then you threw her in an alley to die. And I'm gonna do the same thing to you.
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Good TV movie, badly promoted in DVD.
20 July 2008 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

Frank Sinatra in his last major acting role. Here he is Detective Sergeant Doheny, a retired New York cop who learns that his granddaughter was kidnapped and murdered by vicious sexual predators. He tracks them to Hawaii and enlists Magnum's help without telling him why he wants to find the men. After Magnum realizes what is going on, he goes along hoping to find the killer first. Considering it is a television movie of just forty five minutes, it is very well done and in the final scenes it comes clear why Sinatra was famous as a one-take actor. He steals every scene he is in. A very good piece of acting by the Great Frank Sinatra. It is sad though how this DVD has been promoted. On the Magnum p.i. seventh season box nothing is said that Frank Sinatra appears in what it could be easily considered as the best episode of the series. Besides that, when it aired for the first time it was hugely successful, giving the cover of the TV Guide to both Frank Sinatra and Tom Selleck.


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