McCloud (1970–1977)
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The Solid Gold Swingers 

A series of "psychotic" stranglings are actually hired hits, ordered by a madam facing trial against her girls, some of whom have some very creative ways to escape.


(as Louis Antonio)




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Episode complete credited cast:
Melissa Thompson
Karen Chandler
Doug King
Detective Lt. Mackie
Simon Scott ...
Arthur Ferris
Sgt. Phyllis Norton
Elizabeth Lane ...
Grace Hollenbeck
William Bramley ...
Detective Sgt. Reese
William Gleason ...
Murphy Michaels


McCloud investigates the death of a woman he finds dead on the balcony of a Senator's apartment. When the body vanishes before the crime scene can be processed, nobody believes him and McCloud finds himself assigned as a school crossing guard. Soon however, the missing body is recovered from a Central Park lake and other women are turning up strangled all indicating it's the same killer at work. McCloud gets a glimpse of the killer moments after he commits his latest murder and the Chief decides to put him on the case after all. The dead women were all call girls who once worked for Karen Chandler, an ex-madam who was been in the business for a long time and is now retired. McCloud thinks Karen is having the girls killed to keep them from testifying against her at an upcoming trial but another killing puts that theory to rest. McCloud thinks he has the solution however. Written by garykmcd

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2 December 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Teri Garr's first appearance as Phyllis Norton. She had appeared as a different police officer in the last episode of season three. Sgt. Norton became a recurring character over the next two seasons. See more »


In the opening scenes, the police car McCloud and Broadhurst are in changes from a Ford with vertical headlights to a Chevy with horizontal headlights. See more »


Sam McCloud: [after introducing himself] Now that everybody knows who I am, I'd kinda like to get even. Look Miss, if he knows your name better than you do, we're gonna be here all night, because that's the easiest question I'm gonna ask.
Diane Fredericks: Diane Fredericks.
Sam McCloud: [writing down her name] Diane Fredericks. You seen anybody go in or out that bedroom?
Diane Fredericks: Hah!
Sam McCloud: I'll record that as a yes. Who?
Diane Fredericks: I wasn't taking tickets.
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Crazy Credits

For some reason, the credits show McCloud getting shot and falling down in a scene from "Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue" (episode 1.2). This is repeated in "This Must Be the Alamo" (episode 4.5), but without the sound effects. See more »


References Lady Sings the Blues (1972) See more »

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Body on the terrace?
9 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A chance glance at a balcony across the street while Dennis Weaver and Terry Carter are apprehending a burglary suspect and Marshal McCloud sees a dead woman's body across on the terrace. But when Chief Clifford and the rest get there, the body is gone. Not only that there are a whole lot of VIPs in the apartment where its owner US Senator Simon Scott is throwing a little shindig.

There are a few beautiful women there and turns out they are work for Joanna Barnes escort service, a very high end service that currently has curtailed operations somewhat as Barnes is on trial. She's also got a bulldog police sergeant from the DA's squad in Neville Brand who doesn't like Sam McCloud on the premises or anywhere near.

But that body that Weaver saw turns up in Central Park as part of a string of strangulations. They all work for Barnes, only Joanna Pettet manages to elude strangulation. Doing all the killing is Ross Martin who then goes back to the suburbs with his wife and kiddies.

It all ties together in a strange way and there is a method and a reason behind the killings. Also in this are Steve Allen as a talk show host and Denny Miller as a pro football player.

J.D. Cannon as Chief Clifford gets his usual case of ulcers with McCloud maybe a few more than usual. Things got a little too loose in the story line of this episode. But any excuse to see Joanna Pettet whom I consider one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the big and small screen should be taken.

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