McCloud (1970–1977)
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Park Avenue Pirates 

A syndicate involved in the music industry has a major interest in a young singer. While they use pirating and bribery to sell more records, they lean on the singer's manager to get him to sign with their company.

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Shannon Forbes
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Tommy
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Marlene Morgan
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A syndicate involved in the music industry has a major interest in a young singer. While they use pirating and bribery to sell more records, they lean on the singer's manager to get him to sign with their company.

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In the 1970 Barbi Benton was mostly known for posing in Playboy and being Hugh M. Hefner's girl friend for several years. With Hefner's help she became a music recording artist. Her rendition of "Ain't That Just The Way", which is heard here, was a middling success on the American charts, but a much bigger hit in Europe, and reached #1 in Scandinavia after it was released. See more »

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My Guy
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Written by Smokey Robinson
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Broadhurst takes a beating
16 October 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In a somewhat unusual move for the McCloud series, Dennis Weaver is on an authorized undercover mission. This occurs during the course of a join operation by the NYPD and the Feds into record piracy. The focus of the investigation is on a management company headed by Jessica Walter and a record company that Raymond St.Jacques has control of.

Weaver goes undercover as the new manager of country singer Barbi Benton after her old manager gets killed after being a hallucinatory drug. McCloud gets slipped the same Mickey Finn and Dennis Weaver goes off on a nasty trip of his own before the show is ended.

Some nice singing by Barbi Benton is a plus here, but the story also called for Terry Carter as Sergeant Joe Broadhurst to take a real nasty beating. It's all part of a scheme for McCloud to expose record piracy, but Dennis Weaver has to deliver a nasty body blow to Carter to keep his cover. Sergeant Broadhurst is nothing if not dedicated.

It occurred to me that with the coming of the internet this whole racket is passé. With all of what had to be done, the payola of all kinds for artists to get their material exposed, now all that's needed is to make a video and put it on YouTube. Artists have been made that way currently and the Disney teen comedy Austin&Ally is about a new teen idol played by Ross Lynch who gets his big break just that way.

A good show and a good racket while it lasted.


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