Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)
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The Reformation of Harry Briscoe 

In the second half of what later became the TV movie "The Gun and the Nun" (shown on CBS Late Night in the late 1970s and possibly syndicated), Harry Briscoe is on the track of Sister ... See full summary »


Barry Shear


Roy Huggins (story) (as John Thomas James), Glen A. Larson (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Pete Duel ... Hannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith)
Ben Murphy ... Jed 'Kid' Curry (alias Thaddeus Jones)
J.D. Cannon ... Harry Briscoe
Jane Wyatt ... Sister Julia
Dub Taylor ... Jim
Joyce Jameson ... Madge
Jane Merrow ... Sister Isabel
Alan Baxter ... Sam
Read Morgan ... Charley
Beverly Carter Beverly Carter ... Laura
Elliott Montgomery Elliott Montgomery ... Grocery Clerk (as C. Elliott Montgomery)


In the second half of what later became the TV movie "The Gun and the Nun" (shown on CBS Late Night in the late 1970s and possibly syndicated), Harry Briscoe is on the track of Sister Isabel, née Molly, who used to work as a "typewriter" (the name applies to the job as well as the instrument during these early years) in a Kansas City bank. That is, until she allegedly embezzled $30,000 from the cash reserve and took off. Since Molly is Irish Catholic, it was a simple matter for her to join two other sisters looking to establish a mission, posing as having been assigned to them by another convent. Harry isn't fooled by the disguise, but he is also greedy and want to swipe the money and head for Mexico. "Sister Isabel" evades the boys for a while posing as a saloon girl, but Harry eventually catches her and robs her. Our heroes, realizing Harry can be a real friend to them if he's caught and given a lesson on going straight to avoid being shipped to prison, go after him. Written by Peter Harris

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11 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A terrific 2nd season episode guest starring the lovely Ms Jane Merrow
29 September 2017 | by UNOhwenSee all my reviews

I love Alias Smith and Jones. I love both Messrs Duel and Murphy.

This episode adds Ms Jane Merrow, who I loved since I first saw her on Danger Man (in the states it was known as Secret Agent - the song; Secret Agent Man - was added as the state-side opening theme) love 'Jane Merrow' (qv).

This episode brings back terrific character actor, JD Cannon (as 'Harry Briscoe') of the 'Bannerman Detective agency ( the Pinkerton agency).

I can only hypothesise, but, it seemed, at this point, the 'powers that be' of the series were beginning to fall back on a steady, repeatable bunch of actors, and plots, in this case, being Harry Briscoe's (mis)adventures.

Be that as it may, the series was still riding on great actors, and good plots, and into this, they added Ms Merrow as (the questionable) 'sister Isabel'.

Ms Merrow's previous work on Danger Man (as well as The Saint) were not comedic roles, but, her role here, as the sister-on-the-run, enabled her to have a bit of humour, as well as pathos.

The 'boys' - Messrs. Duel and Murphy - are, as always, terrific (I heard that Mr Murphy always looked for the 'magic' he had with Mr Duel in this series, sadly, never finding it again).

I did not see this series when it initially aired I wasn't born yet 😉), so, it's 'weird', in a way, as I'm sure I'm not the only one, who watches, looking for .'something' in Mr Duel, which shows how sad, and depressed he was. I know - it's not how ANY show, should be watched. I can also guess that Mr Duel would not want anyone watching to be maudlin - he'd want to do one thing; entertain, and on this count, he - and the show - most certainly does.

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