Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.

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Complete series cast summary:
Dennis Weaver ...  Sam McCloud 46 episodes, 1970-1977
J.D. Cannon ...  Peter B. Clifford / ... 45 episodes, 1970-1977
Terry Carter ...  Sgt. Joe Broadhurst / ... 41 episodes, 1970-1977
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Sam McCloud is a town Marshal from Taos, New Mexico. He goes to New York to find an escaped criminal, and there falls for reporter Chris Coughlin, who is the cousin of the deputy police commissioner. After he tracks the criminal down, Chris convinces her cousin to request that Sam be assigned to temporary duty with the NYPD to learn modern police methods. He is assigned to the detective bureau headed by Chief Peter B. Clifford, who is less than thrilled with having McCloud under his command and gives him nothing but menial duties. Sam always winds up deep in homicides, drug busts, and various other major crimes. He is often helped out by Sgt. Joe Broadhurst, and solves them using a combination of good police work and good old country know-how. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The toughest cowboy to ever take on the mean streets of New York.


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

17 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Ein Sheriff in New York See more »

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(20 episodes) | (6 episodes) | (19 episodes)

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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For the first two seasons, music (including the theme) was composed by David Shire in a strongly country music fashion. During the third season, there was no regular composer, with four different closing themes used in five episodes. The main title theme used in most openings and all closings from season four, episode one, "Butch Cassidy Rides Again", was never given screen credit, but its resemblance to other scores in the fourth season suggests that Frank De Vol (My Three Sons (1960), The Brady Bunch (1969), and Fernwood Tonight (1977)) composed all, or most, of the theme. The theme is somewhat similar in a driving beat to others which Series Producer Glen A. Larson composed for later series, such as Switch (1975) and Sword of Justice (1978). See more »

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McCloud's accent is totally wrong for someone supposedly from Taos New Mexico. Taos is located in northern New Mexico, and Anglos there do not speak in that sort of accent, but rather more or less a general American accent. See more »

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A long way from Clint Eastwood...
24 August 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

In "Coogan's Bluff," the movie that led to "McCloud," Clint Eastwood's Coogan came to New York to capture a villain, did so, and went back to New Mexico. Obviously this wasn't going to do for the series, so Sam McCloud was sent to New York to study how they did things in the Big Apple... and then proceeded to ignore them and do things his way.

Like practically every cop in the history of television, his boss didn't like his methods and would have loved to be rid of him (McCloud actually did grant his wish in one episode when he resigned, but needless to say he came back), but our horse-riding hero got results. Of course, it didn't hurt that his sort-of girlfriend was the Commissioner's cousin... it's what you know and who you know that counts.

So it went for seven years, first as part of "Four-in-One" (an hour-long revolving series with four instalments) then as part of the "NBC Mystery Movie" until its demise; the series had plenty of comedy (McCloud, trying to land a plane: "The big hand is on 3, the little hand is on 4!" Clifford: "You're looking at the clock, McCloud!") but it wisely took its central premise seriously, never going out of its way to be quirky a la "due South" - McCloud going horse riding down the streets notwithstanding. Dennis Weaver's had other series after this, but we're not going to remember him for "Stone" (and certainly not for the snooze-inducing "Buck James"); it'll be for "Gunsmoke," "Gentle Ben," and for (relatively) younger audiences Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud.

"There you go..."


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