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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Jacques Arnaud
Eileen Cole
Alan Joyce
Ambassador Justin Sinclair
Dick Balduzzi ...
Jake Morrison
Maggie Arnaud
Sharon Joyce
Alan Manson ...
Ray Poole
Frank Daniels
Stephen Pearlman ...

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Mac's closest friend from France, a high-ranking police inspector who recently married a San Francisco socialite, comes to town to show her off and talk business with his wealthy father-in-law. Mac can't give his buddy the royal treatment because he's just arrested a bullying lawyer for witness intimidation. The lawyer, from the inside, apparently hires a gunman to follow Mac around and fire warning shots at him. When Mac and Sally attend a fancy-dress ball, the inspector's wife (herself an old friend of Mac's) asks to talk to Mac on an outside balcony. A rifle shot rings out and she falls dead. Everyone thinks that the hired gunman fired at Mac and made a tragic miss, and the police inspector threatens to go ballistic in his search for the killer. But was Mac the real target? The plot thickens when the inspector narrowly escapes a bombing and another person -- with no ties to the gunman -- is murdered. Were the inspector, his wife or possibly both of them the targets, and why? Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The McMillan's home phone number is 536-6674, according to Inspector Jacques Arnaud. Enright's phone number is 856-8533 judging by what Sally punched on the phone. See more »


When dancing at the party when introduced to Sinclair and Maggie, the opening shot shows Mac and Sally, dancing, when camera starts to pan away from them, Mac (Rock Hudson) looks into camera when it pans away. See more »

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Warning shots, really now
14 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The writers of McMillan&Wife were getting a bit too cute with their plots in this episode. Two story lines were running here with only the flimsiest of connections if any.

Rock Hudson himself is in on a sting arrest for Alan Manson, a lawyer who has some access to criminals who have a fine line in intimidation. That makes him the target of a well known criminal hit man who goes by the name of Sable. At the same time a close police buddy Henry Darrow is over from France where he's a high ranking inspector in the Paris police department. Darrow's gone and married into a wealthy San Francisco family headed by Lew Ayres and he's married Susan Sullivan who is currently feuding with her sister Lynn Borden and Ayres's indispensable assistant Geraldine Brooks for control of his company. One of them has aligned with Manson.

When Sullivan gets shot and killed while meeting with Hudson it's the infamous Sable who is suspected. But is it really?

One of my favorite lines from classic is uttered by Walter Brennan in My Darling Clementine when as Old Man Clanton he tells his idiot sons 'When you pull a gun, kill a man'. According to this Manson hires Stanley Kamel playing Sable to just fire warning shots at the police commissioner. I mean come on.

I guess things were going stale at the creative end of McMillan&Wife.

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