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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Jason Howard
Henry Olek ...
Stranger
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Kate O'Hannah
Robby Weaver ...
Scott (as Robert Weaver)
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Pete Lancaster
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Dan Barton ...
Sergeant
Bella Bruck ...
Joanne Newman
Sandy Champion ...
Officer Washington
Betty Cole ...
Lady
Ann Dusenberry ...
Peggy
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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 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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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 »

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Santa Claus: [he tries it again] Come on, I can't stand here all night, I knock off at twelve!
[the victim strikes back by knocking Santa's gun out of his hand with her purse and stabbing him with a hat pin]
Santa Claus: [walking off into the alley] She stabbed me. She stabbed me!
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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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