Harry O (1973–1976)
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Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On 

Harry Orwell is a LA cop who is retired due to a bullet in his back. Now a Private Detective, Harry O. is hired by the man who shot him to find the other man who was involved in the ... See full summary »


Jerry Thorpe


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Harry Orwell
Martin Sheen ... Harlan Garrison
Margot Kidder ... Helen
Will Geer ... Len McNeil
Marianna Hill ... Mildred
Sal Mineo ... Walter Scheerer
Mel Stewart ... Sgt. Arvin Granger (as Melvin Stewart)
Kathleen Lloyd ... Marilyn Bedestrum (as Kathleen Gackle)
Lawrence Cook Lawrence Cook ... Stewart - Bartender
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Girl Clerk
Les Lannom ... Library Assistant
S. John Launer ... Pollicheff
Bill McLean ... Wino
Cheryl Ladd ... Teenage Girl (as Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor)
Joseph Hoover Joseph Hoover ... Desk Sgt.


Harry Orwell is a LA cop who is retired due to a bullet in his back. Now a Private Detective, Harry O. is hired by the man who shot him to find the other man who was involved in the shooting. Scheerer is trying to kill Garrison and also keep his heroin business alive. Harry O. wants to bring both to justice. Written by Jim Hannaford <yesfan4@yahoo.com>

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Action | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

11 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This made-for-TV movie was the first pilot for Harry O (1973). For some reason this pilot didn't sell the show, but someone at ABC saw enough in it that a second pilot was made seven months later: Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974). See more »


[first lines]
Harlan Garrison: I called the police department to find you.
Harry Orwell: I'm in the phone book.
Harlan Garrison: They said they retired you four years ago on a line of duty disability pension. You've got a bullet in you.
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Alternate Versions

Was the original 2-hour pilot for the "Harry O" TV series. Was edited down to 1 1/2 hours for syndication. See more »


Edited into Harry O: Elegy for a Cop (1975) See more »

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Harry O's adventures begin!
1 April 2003 | by sp27343See all my reviews

This made for TV movie was the first pilot for the "Harry-O" tv series, but didn't sell the show. Another pilot was commissioned (Smile Jenny, You're Dead) and aired a year later and it got "Harry-O" picked up as a weekly series. "Such Dust..." introduced Harry Orwell (PI, womanizer and curmundgeon) that we liked so much during the series; a guy you wanted to go out and have a beer with. Like in the TV show, Harry's little Austin-Healy sports car was perpetually broken down, and Harry used the bus to get around LA to solve his cases. In this instance Harry meets up with Harlan Garrison (Martin Sheen), the fellow who shot him (and caused Harry to have to retire from the police force) several years earlier. Harlan wants Harry's help to find the other fellow (played by Sal Mineo) who was involved in the shooting, who is also trying to kill him. Sounds sort of complicated, but it made for an interesting plot. This movie was far more dark than the second pilot, and the series for that matter, which may explain the second pilot with its retooling. I like it alot, and try to catch it when it is shown from time to time on sunday afternoons. Last note; it was originally a two hour movie, but was edited down to 1 1/2 hours for syndication.

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