This is a detective series set in 1950's Hollywood. Jack Cleary is a (virtuous) cop and his virtue cost him his badge--he tried to expose corruption within his department, and the cops he ... See full summary »
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1   Unknown  
1988   1987  
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Complete series cast summary:
Michael Woods ...  Jack Cleary 12 episodes, 1987-1988
William Sadler ...  Lieutenant Charlie Fontana / ... 12 episodes, 1987-1988
Josh Brolin ...  Johnny Betts 12 episodes, 1987-1988
Lisa Jane Persky ...  Dottie 12 episodes, 1987-1988
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This is a detective series set in 1950's Hollywood. Jack Cleary is a (virtuous) cop and his virtue cost him his badge--he tried to expose corruption within his department, and the cops he tried to expose framed him, and subsequently he got thrown off the force. For the next few years, Jack tried to drown his sorrows in the bottle. His brother's a private investigator, when he got killed while on a case, Jack tried to find his killer and did. He would then take over his brother's (private eye) business. Working with him is Johnny Betts, a young man who worked with his brother. And his main contact on the police force is Lt. Fontana, who didn't see eye to eye with Jack when they were on the force but nevertheless, a friend. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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...because playing by the rules is for sissies

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detective privado See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cleary's license plate: California NOP 789. See more »

Quotes

Jack Cleary: Do you love her?
Johnny Betts: To the extent it hurts.
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Stylish Film Noir Series - That Failed
8 September 2017 | by spiritof67See all my reviews

There haven't been many attempts at making a film noir TV show in recent history, and I mean in the last 30 years. The Mike Hammer series with Stacy Keach was an attempt but went thin on the noir aspects. This series didn't. Moody, jazz-themed with the right style and tempo, it was a genuine shot at TV noir...which obviously wasn't what the network was willing to sell, and they didn't.

If you can find a way, see it. There will likely as not never be another one like it, since no one under 50 will be willing to say they have seen a film noir, much less one on TV.


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