McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
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Night Train to L.A. 

With a very pregnant Sally at home McMillan, Sgt. Enright and Mildred travel to by train to Los Angeles to attend a police convention. In fact, they're traveling on a train that was ... See full summary »


Leonard J. Horn


Leonard Stern (created by) (as Leonard B. Stern), Booker Bradshaw (teleplay) (as Booker T. Bradshaw) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Stewart McMillan
Susan Saint James ... Sally McMillan
John Schuck ... Sgt. Charles Enright
Nancy Walker ... Mildred
Paul Burke ... Police Chief Les Walker
James McEachin ... Sgt. Sam Dugan
Michael Callan ... Tommy Brown
Murray Matheson ... Aaron Hildreth
Linda Evans ... Nicole Avery
Elizabeth Lane Elizabeth Lane ... Lisa Davis
Morgan Jones ... Sgt. Fischer
Jim Malinda Jim Malinda ... Sgt. Thorn
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ... Conductor
Joe Renteria ... Sgt. Dalen
Paul Pepper Paul Pepper ... Sgt. Masters


With a very pregnant Sally at home McMillan, Sgt. Enright and Mildred travel to by train to Los Angeles to attend a police convention. In fact, they're traveling on a train that was chartered for them and about another dozen area policeman by the wealthy Aaron Hildeth. He's also invited Tommy Brown, an author whose recent book revealed supposed police corruption, in the hope that he might develop a more positive impression of the police force. The cops aren't happy to have him on board and one of them even gets into a fistfight with the writer. When Brown is found shot to death in his compartment - and since there is no one other than police officers on the train - Mac correctly assumes that the murderer has to be one of them. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

19 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the second time Murray Matheson and James McEachin had worked together on a Mystery Movie; the first time was on McCloud (1970) four years earlier. In addition Matheson had finished his two year stint on Banacek (1972) and McEachin's Tenafly (1973) series had been canceled. See more »


In the beginning, Mildred tells Mac they need to be at the train depot in 12 minutes. Since SF doesn't have a train depot (the Caltrain station only has tracks from SF to Gilroy, a town south of San Jose, CA) they would have to catch the train south in Emeryville or Oakland. On a Friday night with typical rush hour traffic, it would take 45 minutes to an hour to get to the station. See more »

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Murder on a train chartered for cops
10 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Having Michael Callen on board a train, an obnoxious man who has written a tell all book about police corruption with a group of cops attending a police convention in Los Angeles is a guarantee of homicide. Fortunately Commissioner Stewart MacMillan from San Francisco is also on board and he solves it before the train pulls into the City of Angels.

Callen is also traveling with his girl Friday Linda Evans. After he's dead there are some attempts on her and one on Rock Hudson as he starts to get close.

Another locked room mystery if you view the moving train as a locked room. Not as good as some MacMillan stories because billing gives the villain away. One more thing however, the villain is the one you think can't have done it because of certain circumstances. But that one who can't have done it is the one who indeed does it.

Susan Saint James is very pregnant and staying at home. Rock Hudson is accompanied by his trusty aide John Schuck and Nancy Walker who is hitching a ride to Los Angeles aboard this police special that railroad executive Murray Matheson has chartered for the cops. She doesn't lend all that much assistance, but Nancy Walker is always good for a few laughs.

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