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The Chinese Typewriter (1979)

This unsold TV pilot set in Hawaii is about two PIs hired by an airline company to retrieve a stolen jet, the company's latest prototype.


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Credited cast:
Tom Selleck ... Tom Boston
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Jim Kilbride
Lane Bradbury ... Louise-Jill
William Daniels ... C. Donald Devlin
Don Ameche ... Armand Beller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marlena Amey Marlena Amey ... Maria Sangria
Jaime Lyn Bauer ... Jill Miller
Mike Brick Mike Brick ... Vince Kilbride
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... Manolito
Norman Fields Norman Fields ... Guard
George Fisher George Fisher ... Markov
Elizabeth Halliday Elizabeth Halliday ... Diana Kilbride
David Palmer David Palmer ... Turgeyev
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Toby Nash
June Whitley Taylor June Whitley Taylor ... Mrs. Beller


This unsold TV pilot set in Hawaii is about two PIs hired by an airline company to retrieve a stolen jet, the company's latest prototype.

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Typical TV Pilot Film
16 May 2003 | by KreizogSee all my reviews

This is the movie version of a 1979 pilot written by Stephen Cannell for Tom Selleck and James Whitmore Jr. It's an average story about two opposites (one's a genius, the other's a weapons expert) who team up for "impossible cases". It is more interesting as a period piece for the time and for the locations that were used. Parts were filmed in Hawaii, apparently at the estate that would later be used for "Magnum PI". Tom Selleck is a work in progress in this vehicle, playing a one note character and providing the eye candy. James Whitmore Jr. gets to play a more interesting set of characters throughout the story. They are a good team. Too bad they didn't do more together. This movie, paired with all the other pilots that Selleck did in the 70's prior to "Magnum", might make for a fun evening of mindless entertainment. Of course, you will have to beg Universal Studios to release the Tom Selleck collection to DVD or VHS first! This film is currently only available in Europe.

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Release Date:

3 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boston and Kilbride See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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