McCloud: Season 7, Episode 2

'Twas the Fight Before Christmas... (26 Dec. 1976)

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The final "Alamo" episode is set during the Christmas holidays, as McCloud helps a suicidal woman on a window ledge, deals with a psychotic stalker, and tries to rescue "Santa" Clifford and... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Jason Howard
Henry Olek ...
Kate O'Hannah
Robert Weaver ...
Pete Lancaster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Barton ...
Bella Bruck ...
Joanne Newman
Sandy Champion ...
Officer Washington
Betty Cole ...
Ann Dusenberry ...


The final "Alamo" episode is set during the Christmas holidays, as McCloud helps a suicidal woman on a window ledge, deals with a psychotic stalker, and tries to rescue "Santa" Clifford and Chris, who are held hostage in a children's ward at a hospital by three drug thieves. Written by Peter Harris

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26 December 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When The Stranger looks through a McCloud scrapbook during the opening credits, he turns to a page with stories reading "Marshal Kills Cabbie" (from "The Great Taxicab Stampede," episode 7.3) and "Lord Bridges Arrested" (from "London Bridges," episode 7.5). Those episodes were filmed before, but aired after, this one. See more »


Chris Coughlin: [Chief Clifford is dressed up as Santa Claus] In fact, I was the one that asked that you be requested to volunteer for this role.
Peter B. Clifford: That's a dangerous confession to make to a desperate man in a confined space.
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White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin (uncredited)
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An overlooked gem
30 March 2007 | by (Lubbock, Texas) – See all my reviews

This episode was buried on the night AFTER Christmas, and as far as I know was only rerun once (in a chopped-down version for CBS Late Night in December 1983). But it's close to, if not THE best episode of the whole series. Dennis Weaver directs with far more style and flair than any other director (besides this show, he also did a few "Gunsmokes" while playing Chester and those are highly praised; I wonder why he didn't do more). I don't know if he and Glen A. Larson (who had written the first three "Alamo" episodes) rewrote the script without credit, but it plays 10 times better than most any Michael Sloan teleplay. The edge-of-the-chair interest goes throughout the episode with some marvelous camera angles (check one in particular where McCloud comes down a hospital hallway, seen through a hole in the window, starting in full frame and gradually diminishing until only his eye is seen). There is a lot of humor in this show as well. The only real complaint I have is that MANY bit players (several cops, a whole hospital ward of kids, a TV news reporter) aren't in the credits at all. This deserved to run on, say, December 12 or 19 and get a far larger audience.

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