McCloud (1970–1977)
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A large Ohio country boy arrives in The Big Apple to collect on a $10,000 debt for services rendered to a New York mobster, who couldn't be less happy about the publicity the visitor (and ... See full summary »


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Herman Miller (creator), Peter Allan Fields (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Robert Webber ... Jack Faraday
Stefanie Powers ... Jackie Dawn
Joan Blondell ... Ernestine White
Bo Svenson ... Bubba White
Vincent Gardenia ... Barney Sweetwater
Terry Carter ... Det. Joe Broadhurst
Milton Selzer ... Flynn
Val Avery ... Gruber
Bill Fletcher Bill Fletcher ... Larry
Ed Peck ... Bartender
Antony Carbone Antony Carbone ... Dave
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Pakowski
Nora Denney ... Cynthia (as Dodo Denney)


A large Ohio country boy arrives in The Big Apple to collect on a $10,000 debt for services rendered to a New York mobster, who couldn't be less happy about the publicity the visitor (and his elderly mom) are stirring up. Stefanie Powers plays a "model" working both the mobster and the visitor. Written by Peter Harris

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Release Date:

3 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final shot where McCloud and Bubba stroll off into the distance, Dennis Weaver's stunt double is used to make Bubba look even bigger (Weaver was six feet two inches, the double just five feet eight). See more »


The nameplate on Chief Clifford's desk reads "Peter J. Clifford". In subsequent episodes he was always referred to as "Peter B. Clifford". See more »


Joey Martin: [a little kid playing with a set of keys is eyeing McCloud] Hey. That a real six gun?
Sam McCloud: Yeah. That a real set of car keys?
Joey Martin: I refuse to answer on grounds that incriminates and degrades me.
Sam McCloud: [smiling] You're a real New Yorker, ain't ya?
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References Shaft (1971) See more »


The Girl from Ipamnema
("Garota de Ipanema") (uncredited)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Portugese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Heard on the radio when Bubba meets Jackie
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Country boy can't be that naive
7 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I couldn't quite buy Bo Svenson's country boy act as the ex-football player doing collections out in Ohio for mobster Robert Webber. I also couldn't buy Webber not paying someone who was ostensibly an employee. Bad for business and definitely with a guy like Svenson you don't want him mad at you.

Anyway he steals Vincent Gardenia's car and heads for New York. Gardenia was his immediate boss puts out a report his car was stolen and heading for the Big Apple.

I will say though that Stefanie Powers as a hard hearted street girl was quite a change in cast. Stefanie usually such a goody goody. Highlight of the episode for me was Dennis Weaver gaining the confidence of Svenson's mother played wonderfully by Joan Blondell.

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