McCloud: Season 7, Episode 6

McCloud Meets Dracula (17 Apr. 1977)

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While trying to get on a squad tracking down a sniper (which he ultimately does, by accident), McCloud happens onto a series of murder scenes where the victims' blood was drained from them ... See full summary »

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Victor Fisher ...
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Gino Ardito ...
Cop
Michael Sacks ...
Dr. Harvey Pollick
Vince Howard ...
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Toni Lawrence ...
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While trying to get on a squad tracking down a sniper (which he ultimately does, by accident), McCloud happens onto a series of murder scenes where the victims' blood was drained from them through bite marks in the neck, leading him to a retired horror-film actor who seems to live as Dracula. Written by Peter Harris

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In the extended "Tomorrow Show" sequence, the scenes with Chris Coughlin and Loren Belasco are filmed on a Hollywood set, while Tom Snyder is on his own New York set. Later editing shows them on adjacent TV monitors. See more »

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Tom Snyder: Ladies and gentlemen, the Tomorrow program is pleased to present for the first time on American television live, in person: Count Dracula. Good morning, Count.
Loren Belasco: Good morning Tom, you're looking very well.
Tom Snyder: I am not sure I like the way you're looking at me when you say that I am looking well. But I do appreciate you're taking time from what must be the middle of your day to be with us this morning.
Loren Belasco: Yes, I have several delicious stops to make before morning.
Tom Snyder: The first rays of dawn I trust you mean?
Loren Belasco:
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John Carradine as a real vampire (just not Dracula)
13 June 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

McCLOUD was a TV series derived from the 1968 Clint Eastwood feature "Coogan's Bluff," about an Arizona lawman who shows those New York cops how to catch a fugitive from justice. Dennis Weaver starred in the 1971 pilot that led to the series which aired on Sunday nights as part of the NBC Mystery Movie, along with COLUMBO (Peter Falk) and "McMILLAN AND WIFE (Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James). Due to the alternating nature of the format, each show averaged only one episode per month, so McCLOUD lasted six seasons but produced just 45 episodes. By some strange quirk of fate, "McCloud Meets Dracula" (April 17 1977) was the very last episode, interweaving dual plot lines concerning a rooftop sniper and a mysterious trail of bloodless corpses. Fortunately, writer-producer Glen A. Larson had the good sense to cast the venerable John Carradine as the pseudo vampire Loren Belasco, who we first see being interviewed by the actual Tom Snyder on his then popular TOMORROW show, which followed Carson's TONIGHT SHOW. The whole escapade served as a gentle tribute to the aging actor, also utilizing clips from his prime Draculas from the 1940s, "House of Frankenstein" and "House of Dracula." This was among my earliest memories of Carradine, whom I actually met in Youngstown Ohio on June 21 1981, while he was traveling with a vaudeville tour of one night stands with other celebrities like Tiny Tim, Jan Murray, and Pinky Lee. His character tells Tom Snyder that he is a descendant of Count Dracula and has an eerie servant played by the reliable Reggie Nalder, who two years later would play a vampire himself in "Salem's Lot." The business with the sniper takes up very little screen time but the greatest surprise is that the blood drinking killer turns out to be a real vampire! Carradine himself is doubled by a stunt man in all the chase scenes (due to his terrible arthritis) and the final sequence has the police baffled by the vampire's disappearance while the audience spots a solitary bat flying away. There were other cop shows that dabbled with the supernatural, one other that I would mention being the "Vampire" episode from the second season of STARSKY AND HUTCH (Halloween 1976) which featured a wonderful turn by John Saxon in the lead, understandably attracted to future THREE'S COMPANY star Suzanne Somers.


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