McCloud (1970–1977)
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A former student (Rick Weaver in the first of five annual appearances) is accused of the fatal stabbing of his ex-violin teacher, but the murder was actually a hit -- a "reformed" mobster ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Gary Collins ... Kevin Mallory
Neville Brand ... Fred Schultke
Joseph Wiseman ... Paul Rudell / Stephen Rudensky
Shelley Fabares ... Natalie Rudell
Richard Haydn ... Edwin
Lilia Skala ... Eugenia Rudell
Terry Carter ... Det. Joe Broadhurst
Rick Weaver Rick Weaver ... Louis Brocco
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Waldemar
Avery Schreiber ... Milton
Timothy Carey ... Apartment Manager
Charlie Jones Charlie Jones ... Newscaster
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones ... Victoria (as Jessica H. Jones)


A former student (Rick Weaver in the first of five annual appearances) is accused of the fatal stabbing of his ex-violin teacher, but the murder was actually a hit -- a "reformed" mobster and his lawyer, ambitious for political office, are trying to smoke out the violinist's identical twin brother, a thug with almost no redeeming qualities, to waste him before he goes honest and spills the beans about other crimes. Written by Peter Harris

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2 February 1972 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Did You Know?


The picture of the man in Cillford's office is that of then NYC Mayor John Lindsay. See more »


When the assassin Green Hat fires one barrel of his shotgun at McCloud, it sounds like he's firing a rifle. When McCloud fires back and Green Hat, in falling, fires the second barrel, it's a normal shotgun sound. See more »


Edwin: You are the person who arrested Louis Brocco?
Sam McCloud: Yep, that's right.
Milton: We play with him.
Sam McCloud: You do? Well, I'm afraid he's not gonna be able to come out and play today.
Waldemar: Oh no, no, no, we are string quartet.
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References Creatures the World Forgot (1971) See more »

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Way too neat
18 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dennis Weaver's son Rick is one of the cast in this McCloud story and nearly steals the show from a gang of character players any one of whom is a scene stealer in their own right.

Young Weaver is a socially backward kid who is a violin prodigy taught by master violinist Joseph Wiseman and who has a huge crush on the maestro's granddaughter Shelley Fabares. He's set up for the maestro's murder, but the package is way too neat for Marshal Sam McCloud.

Wiseman the maestro hasn't any enemies, but he's got a twin brother who rackets boss Neville Brand thinks he saw Brand do a murder personally. That's the crux of the story here. Brand has even given some big money to violinist Wiseman's conservatory. It's all part of a campaign to dry clean and spit shine his background. He's even got himself a white shoe lawyer in Gary Collins whom he succeeds in turning into both a gangster and a cad as Collins romances Fabares as part of the story.

This plot does get a bit hairy though because Rick Weaver to put it plain and simple is a stalker. But we didn't use that term way back in those days.

A nice cast makes this McCloud story acceptable, but barely.

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