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A Shallow Grave 

A college student returns to Hawaii after a 20-year absence (his parents died when he was a little boy and he was adopted), haunted by a series of disturbing flashbacks which seem to make ... See full summary »


Dennis Donnelly


Leonard Freeman (created by), Bob Mitchell (as Robert Mitchell) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
William Smith ... Det. James 'Kimo' Carew
Sharon Farrell ... Det. Lori Wilson
Herman Wedemeyer ... Det. Duke Lukela
Moe Keale ... Det. Truck Kealoha
John David Carson ... Mike Harper
John Ireland ... Phil Coleman
Linda Ryan ... Dr. Ramsey
John Zenda John Zenda ... Jake Cochran
Patricia Herman Patricia Herman ... Norma Tarnow (as Pat Herman)
John Alexis Howard John Alexis Howard ... Harley (as Jack Howard)
Bill Edwards ... John Tarnow
Electra Gailas Electra Gailas ... Mrs. Harper
Madeline Press Madeline Press ... Female Reporter
Jo Pruden Jo Pruden ... Lady Tourist


A college student returns to Hawaii after a 20-year absence (his parents died when he was a little boy and he was adopted), haunted by a series of disturbing flashbacks which seem to make no sense. Things start to come together when a convict gets out of prison after serving 20 years for bank robbery, and some of the student's visions seem to match the robbery scene. The student and the convict confront each other, and before long the convict is dead, his head bashed in. Did the unstable student freak out and murder the convict, did he kill the enraged convict in self-defense, or did someone else commit the murder? And what ever happened to the convict's partner, who was wounded in a shootout while fleeing the crime? Most important of all, where is the money? Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


This was the last show that Sharon Farrell (Lori) filmed during her half-season run in the series. (According to one report, she was fired because she wanted to bring her husband to the set and Jack Lord forbade it.) She appears in a couple of shows that were put on the shelf by CBS-TV and burned off late in the season. See more »


When Mike was under hypnosis being interviewed by the psychiatrist, the tape recorder was running but the VU meters were not moving, suggesting no sound was actually being recorded. See more »

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Yippee...another episode about the supernatural....ho, hum.
2 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Shallow Grave" is just one of many examples of episodes from the last couple seasons that weren't bad BUT used stupid gimmicks which cheapened the show. This is the second time in season 12 that parapsychology was the theme--the other was a crappy episode involving a kooky astrologer. Ditto for season 11--other episodes that really showed that the writers were running out of ideas and were resorting to cheap episodes about this mumbo-jumbo. It's a shame, as the series had been very solid and very entertaining for quite a few years. It just goes to show you that it truly had run its course. Heck, had the show been renewed for the 13th season, I could imagine with the lack of script ideas and the supernatural that they would have been battling Satan himself or the ghost of Hitler!!

A young man comes to Hawaii just when a notorious robber (John Ireland) has been released from a 20 year prison term. Now that the young guy is there, he starts having visions--as if he was there when the robbers were hiding out in a shack two decades earlier. Oddly, he also knows lots of details he couldn't have known unless he'd been there--and Detective Wilson thinks the young man could be a reincarnation and that his spirit is that of one of the dead robbers!!! And, she's able to find a professor who lends credence to this very professional observation. Is the young guy reincarnated? Or, does he somehow have inside information from some other source?

Fortunately, the show ended well...or at least reasonably well. I did have a laugh when the police dug up a skeleton and if you look closely, you can clearly see it's a skull from a biological supply catalog-- complete with a cleanly sawed off top of the skull!! And the guy was not to have been killed this way! Mildly interesting and also a bit silly.

By the way, this was the last episode filmed with Detective Wilson and I could see why she wanted off the show. Her role, as usual, is the gofer for the office and she never gets directly involved in doing anything. McGarrett sends her off to make phone calls and pick people up from the airport and drop people off to appointments. And, she plays the gullible one. All in all, a thankless role for a female actress! Also thankless was the way the excellent actor John Ireland was used...or hardly used in the episode at all!

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11 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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