McCloud (1970–1977)
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The Park Avenue Rustlers 

McCloud and an undercover policewoman infiltrate a huge ring of car thieves and chop shops.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Erickson
Phil Sandler
Officer Margaret Sereno
Jerry Bristol
Lt. Ed Feldman
Officer Duncan
Ritchie Garris
Suzanne Cohane ...
Officer Patricia Banks
Stephanie Faulkner ...
Cab Driver
James W. Gavin ...
Helicopter Pilot (as Gavin James)


McCloud and an undercover policewoman infiltrate a huge ring of car thieves and chop shops.

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grand theft auto | See All (1) »





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24 December 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


J.D. Cannon, who played mid-level good guy Chief Clifford and Eddie Albert, who played mid-level bad guy Roy Erickson would die within 6 days of each other. Cannon died on May 20, 2005 at age 83 and Albert died on May 26, 2005 at age 99. See more »


Sam has his gun in his right hand as the helicopter is taking off. After he grabs the skid with his left arm, the gun is still in his right hand, however after the camera angle changes, the gun has disappeared. It later reappears in his waistband. See more »


Officer Margaret Sereno: Do I threaten your masculinity McCloud?
Sam McCloud: No. Do I threaten yours?
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Referenced in McCloud: This Must Be the Alamo (1974) See more »

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Nobody will make McCloud as a typical NYPD cop
21 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

That shot of Dennis Weaver hanging onto a helicopter tread in the opening credits of McCloud comes from this episode. McCloud goes undercover in this one because he's identified a known car thief that the stolen automobile squad has been trying to bust.

It gets good and personal when Norman Fell of the auto squad is killed by one of the people he was tailing. Dennis Weaver as usual has the proper instincts in that those thieves are pretty sharp and can make a New York cop from a mile away. But not one from Taos, New Mexico.

The idea is to bust the big and McCloud works his way up the food chain from Roddy McDowall to Eddie Albert and finally to Lloyd Bochner. McDowall is one to watch here, he plays the enforcer in the stolen car ring, a guy who likes killing for its own sake.

Also note the presence of police officer Brenda Vaccaro who comes along to McCloud for backup. If Weaver wasn't already involved with Diana Muldaur he and Vaccaro might have got something going.

Speaking of Muldaur she's not in this episode much until the end, but she manages to blow Weaver's cover by a few ill chosen remarks.

That chase in the end involving the helicopter. Guaranteed your pulse will race and skip a few beats with that one.

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