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"McCloud" The Moscow Connection (1977)

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Herman Miller (creator) and
Michael Kozoll (written by)
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Original Air Date:
23 January 1977 (Season 7, Episode 4)
When a country-singing buddy of McCloud's freaks out and nearly kills a woman just before a scheduled trip to Russia... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud

J.D. Cannon ... Chief Peter Clifford

Hoyt Axton ... Johnny Starbuck

L.Q. Jones ... Kenny Hingle

Nehemiah Persoff ... Tereshkov

Morgan Paull ... Pierre Belsen

David Hurst ... Col. Andrei Krasnavian

Britt Ekland ... Tatiana Krasnavian
Robert Phillips ... Bresnovitch
Rick Traeger ... Lukoff
Tom Henschel ... 2nd Lieutenant
Lew Palter ... Hotel Clerk
Walt Davis ... Hagen
Keith Atkinson ... Kitzmiller
Tom McCorrey ... Russian Manager

Arthur Malet ... Hotel Manager
Terry Hinz ... 1st Lieutenant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leland Sun ... KGB Man (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bruce Kessler 
Writing credits
Herman Miller (creator)

Michael Kozoll  written by

Produced by
Gilbert Bettman Jr. .... associate producer
Glen A. Larson .... executive producer
Ron Satlof .... producer (as Ronald Satlof)
Bob Herron .... stunts
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: "Mystery Movie" theme
Other crew
Hank Simms .... announcer

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herman Miller  creator
Francesca Turner  adaptation (episode "Murder Arena")

Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne 
Gabriel Torres 
Film Editing by
Edward Haire 
George R. Rohrs 
John F. Schreyer 
Casting by
Joe Scully 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott U. Adam .... assistant director
Michael Behrman .... second assistant director
Carl Beringer .... assistant director
William Holbrook .... assistant director
Ronald Martinez .... assistant director
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director
Edward E. Vaughan .... second assistant director
Sound Department
José B. Carles .... sound editor (as Jose B. Carles)
Brian Courcier .... sound effects editor
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (as Earl N. Crain Jr.)
Thomas McMullen .... sound effects editor (as Thomas A. McMullen)
Robert J. Miller .... sound editor (as Robert Miller)
James F. Rogers .... sound editor
Jerry Smith .... sound editor (as Jerry E. Smith)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound editor (as Edwin J. Somers)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound editor
Denny Arnold .... stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts
Fred Carson .... stunts
Bill Catching .... stunt coordinator
Howard Curtis .... stunts
James W. Gavin .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Kessler .... costumes
Music Department
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music
Al Teeter .... music editor
Gerald Tueber .... music editor (as Jerry Teuber)
Other crew
Michael Sloan .... story editor
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Tereshkoff:Marshal... why do I feel like I've been "rode hard and put away wet"?
Sam McCloud:There you go.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
McCloud's country aphorisms, 5 June 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This McCloud story has Dennis Weaver on a trip to Russia along with J.D. Cannon. But both have different reasons for being there. McCloud is going along as security for his friend country singing star Hoyt Axton who is a drug addict. Chief Clifford has been drafted by the CIA to break up a heroin smuggling ring operating out of Moscow where Britt Eklund the daughter of a Russian scientist who wants to defect is a drug mule. Keeping an eye on all of this Nehemiah Persoff a very shrewd KGB man who also is looking to break the smuggling ring.

This episode has a far more complex plot than nearly all the other McCloud stories. It's one of my favorites though because of the performance of Nehemiah Persoff. Persoff and Weaver engage in quite a battle of wits as Persoff struggles the way Cannon does to understand McCloud's country aphorisms. We even get to see a bit of Dennis Weaver doing some country pickin' and grinnin' as they used to say on Hee Haw. This happens when McCloud has to prove to the KGB he really is a musician and he obliges nicely.

This one will make you a fan of the marshal from Taos, New Mexico.

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