Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
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Legend of the Lost Art 

Higgins asks Magnum to find a long-lost artifact, "The Lost Art of the Ancients" before it can fall into the wrong hands.



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Malcolm, the Eastern Bloc Spy
Connie Northrop
Carmella Barut ...
Esmond Chung ...
Harland Reed ...


Higgins asks Magnum to find a long-lost artifact, "The Lost Art of the Ancients" before it can fall into the wrong hands.

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10 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Several times characters use the phrase lost ark by accident instead of lost art, and are corrected by Higgins. This was a play on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), for which Tom Selleck had been considered for the role of Indiana Jones but turned it down to play Thomas Magnum. See more »


When Magnum, Higgins and Connie flee the camp, there is a shot from the rear where one of the goons fires three times from close range at their stolen pick-up truck while they charge him. In the shots of the drive afterward, the windscreen is intact though. See more »


Spoofs Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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"Raiders" retelling with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of "Magnum" is one of the most famous, almost as famous as "Did You See the Sun Rise," because it addresses one of the most notorious "missed opportunity" stories in Hollywood history. Everyone (almost) knows how Selleck missed out on doing "Raiders" because of the conflict with "Magnum," and how the writers' strike of 1980 would have let him do it, and how (dammit!) they *were even shooting scenes in Hawaii while he was there*!!! Well, this one shows what might have been.

An almost shot-for-shot (with obvious abridging and Magnumesque touches) remake of the movie, we get to see what the film might have been like with Selleck in the lead, and, for my part, I think it would have made even more money.

As for the episode itself, it is very well done, with humorous dialogue (the characters flip-flopping between self-aware expository dialogue and stilted "heroic" dialogue when they realize they're breaking character is especially amusing), good action, and effective physical comedy.

All in all, worth a re-watch if you can track it down.

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