McCloud (1970–1977)
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When McCloud looks out a window and sees unusual smoke clouds, he tracks them to an Apache chief seeking his grandson -- the grandson has followed four armed robbers who framed his father ... See full summary »


Ron Satlof (as Ronald Gilbert Satlof)


Herman Miller (creator), Sidney Ellis (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Chief Peter Clifford
Terry Carter ... Sgt. Joe Broadhurst
Sharon Farrell ... Holly Dayton
Allan Miller ... B. G. Clarkston
Henry Gibson ... Cookie Watkins
Chief Dan George ... Chief Stillwater
Don Meredith ... Linus Morton
Ted Hartley ... Donald Williams
John Kauffman John Kauffman ... Johnny Stillwater
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Fields
Dee Timberlake Dee Timberlake ... Maggie
Sandy Brown Wyeth Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Betty Watkins
Noel Shire Noel Shire ... Dr. Brand
Gino Ardito Gino Ardito ... 1st Officer


When McCloud looks out a window and sees unusual smoke clouds, he tracks them to an Apache chief seeking his grandson -- the grandson has followed four armed robbers who framed his father to New York, where he kills one of them in self-defense and is murdered himself, leaving McCloud and the girlfriend of the dead thief to launch their own investigation. Written by Peter Harris

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In this story, the grandfather chooses to die, mystifying the doctor. Stories around the origin of death and choosing when we die are common in Native American cosmological myth. Ultimately, many of the stories explain what we all know to be true: that death is inevitable and irreversible, and it's (usually) beyond our control. See more »


Though the story is taking place in New York, in a long overhead shot following a car through a Manhattan street, it passes a sign for "Security Pacific Bank", a Los Angeles Based California institution that existed from 1967 to 2008. See more »


Holly Dayton: Are you a sucker for Indian chiefs and trombone players too?
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Sending Smoke Signals in Manhattan
23 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One fine day while Chief Clifford is briefing a team of police officers including his bane of existence Marshal Sam McCloud some smoke signals come from a nearby building. Dennis Weaver recognizes them as from White Mountain Apaches. On the roof is Chief Dan George from same come in from Arizona looking to attract attention.

The man has problems all right, a son in jail in Phoenix for a jewel robbery at a luxury hotel there and a grandson John Kauffman who has traced the crooks to New York City. Good thing George finds Marshal Sam McCloud a man steeped in Indian lore of his region..

The real crooks are high roller Allan Miller, psychotic Henry Gibson, and a disbarred lawyer and karate master, the voice of Monday night football then, Don Meredith. There's also Sharon Farrell the rather empty headed girl friend of Miller who has a heart of gold and helps McCloud.

Not one of the better McCloud stories, the characters are almost caricatures. Series fans will like the final confrontation with Dennis Weaver and Don Meredith however.

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19 October 1975 (USA) See more »

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