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The Hunters 

Detectives Calabrese and Jameson become emotionally involved in a robbery/homicide/rape crime spree when a friend becomes a victim. Originally aired on Oct 23, 1973. This title was changed from "The Hunters" to "Big John Morrison".

Director:

Richard Benedict

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Sy Salkowitz | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tony Calabrese
Don Meredith ... Bert Jameson
Jackie Cooper ... John Morrison
Dane Clark ... Lt. Pete Stohler
Sharon Farrell ... Bobbie
Nehemiah Persoff ... Fabrizzio
Frankie Avalon ... David Koslenko (as Frank Avalon)
Sal Mineo ... Stippy
Art Metrano ... Dominic
Joby Baker ... Macon
Mills Watson ... Mickey
Milton Selzer ... Lou Gold
Claudette Nevins ... Ellen Calabrese
Clark Howat ... Man in Bar
Jack Soo ... Taiske
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Detectives Calabrese and Jameson become emotionally involved in a robbery/homicide/rape crime spree when a friend becomes a victim. Originally aired on Oct 23, 1973. This title was changed from "The Hunters" to "Big John Morrison".

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title listed on the 2011 DVD released by Shout Factory is "Big John Morrison". See more »

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DVD episode titled as Big John Morrison. See more »

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Wow...Jackie Cooper...how could you?!
1 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Hunters" is a tough episode to watch, as it's about a vicious gang that robs liquor stores and lounges. Why are they so vicious? Because despite this being easy pickings, Big Jim Morrison delights in shooting or raping many of the victims...just for kicks! What makes this really amazing is not only how awful he is but that he's played by Jackie Cooper...one of the most beloved child actors of the 1930s! Talk about deliberately playing against type!!

The show itself focuses on the two detectives who are working the case. Calabrese (Anthony Lo Bianco) is dedicated to the case...too dedicated. As a result, he pushes his wife out of his life and he doesn't seem to realize that his marriage is a mess...and he is a mess. Jameson (Don Meredith) is single and seems a bit less wrapped up in his job. Instead, much of his energy is wrapped up in a sweet Japanese lady who works at their favorite hangout. So what happens when SHE becomes the next victim of Big Jim?

Overall, this is a gritty, well made episode...extremely exciting but also one worth seeing because it talks about the emotional toll being a cop plays on the cop, the wife and the rest of the family. Well worth seeing...but one you might want to skip if you've been a victim of sexual assault. It is NOT overly graphic but the subject matter might prove too distressing to watch.

By the way, also playing against type was Frankie Avalon in a bit part as a career criminal! America's sweetheart of the 1960s is a dirty little crook...how could you?! And, if you know old time films, that's character actor Allen Jenkins as the guy in the pawn shop...not playing against type in the least! And, there's also Dane Clark as the boss...both who were contract players with Warner Brothers back in the 40s.


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