McCloud (1970–1977)
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A Little Plot at Tranquil Valley 

A very successful mortician has a sideline robbing legitimate drug shipments--he waters them down and puts them in caskets destined for South America. Usually, his two squabbling associates... See full summary »

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A very successful mortician has a sideline robbing legitimate drug shipments--he waters them down and puts them in caskets destined for South America. Usually, his two squabbling associates carry out the robberies, but this time he's convinced by his wife to include her dull-witted brother, who goes on a daylight heist and murders a security guard. The associates kidnap McCloud at the Statue of Liberty and hold him for ransom in exchange for the brother. Written by Peter Harris

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Fans lauded this episode for its impressive guest cast, which included, among others: Vic Morrow, Burgess Meredith, Joyce Van Patton, Lonny Chapman, Moses Gunn, Arlene Martel, Alfred Ryder, and Bruce Kirby. See more »

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When McCloud responds to the pharmaceutical robbery, the unit and precinct numbers of his squad car change between shots, from Precinct #27 to Precinct #6. See more »

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Sam McCloud: You see, nothin', nothin' will get as lonesome as a New Mexico beaver.
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Not cut out for the criminal life
4 May 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of McCloud had a great deal of difficulty deciding whether it was a comedy or a drama. Allen Garfield who can be very funny at times just did not belong here. I can't believe that his sister Joyce Van Patten doesn't realize that her brother just ain't cut out for a life of crime.

Nevertheless she nags at her husband Burgess Meredith who is a high priced funeral director who has a sideline in theft and smuggling. Meredith includes him in on a heist with his two goons Vic Morrow and Moses Gunn. Of course Garfield messes up and is captured which leaves Meredith with a very big problem.

The whole premise is just so dumb. Garfield's character reminded me of Zero Mostel in the Humphrey Bogart classic The Enforcer. Zero didn't belong in Murder, Inc., any more than Garfield was a heist man. Anything to get out of the television repair business.


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