Caught this pilot for the TV series presumably created from the Dean Martin spy movie series just the other day on the Action channel... Wow! Good stuff. Tony Fransciosa (whom you might know from Argento's Tenebre) plays the smarmy title character, a P.I. who used to work for a "top Secret' portion of US Intelligence called "The Machine."
He harasses this one grumpy cop all the time, he is, of course, an insufferable ladies' man, but his main squeeze (who seems to half-tolerate his meanderings) is "Kronski" a beautiful and powerful city prosecutor. He drives a Porche and lives in a typically modern California house. The plot is typically mindless -something about arms being sold to Africa and finding the supposed killer of 'Maggie Gantry's' father. Ms. Gantry is played by Ann Turkel, whom Corman fans may remember from the original "Humanoids from the Deep," and is quite pleasant to look at. Though some of his macho lines didn't quite come off, I thought Fransciosa did a good job. Anyone who likes vintage 70's TV style and action - check it out.
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