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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Michael Woods ...  Jack Cleary 12 episodes, 1987-1988
William Sadler ...  Lieutenant Charlie Fontana / ... 12 episodes, 1987-1988
Josh Brolin ...  Johnny Betts 12 episodes, 1987-1988
Lisa Jane Persky ...  Dottie 12 episodes, 1987-1988
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This is a detective series set in 1950's Hollywood. Jack Cleary is a (virtuous) cop and his virtue cost him his badge--he tried to expose corruption within his department, and the cops he tried to expose framed him, and subsequently he got thrown off the force. For the next few years, Jack tried to drown his sorrows in the bottle. His brother's a private investigator, when he got killed while on a case, Jack tried to find his killer and did. He would then take over his brother's (private eye) business. Working with him is Johnny Betts, a young man who worked with his brother. And his main contact on the police force is Lt. Fontana, who didn't see eye to eye with Jack when they were on the force but nevertheless, a friend. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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...because playing by the rules is for sissies

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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War Buddy See more »

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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Betts' license plate: Tennessee 91-823. See more »

Quotes

Dottie: [after being asked if she was getting any decent work] You mean something a human being can do without being housed down afterwards?
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Connections

Followed by Private Eye: Pilot (1987) See more »

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Looked cool, music was great
25 May 2018 | by Jerome-3009See all my reviews

All I remember about this show was I loved the atmosphere of it. I loved the cars, the style, the lighting, and most of all the music. It was so cool I tuned in every week to feel it. It was my favourite show at the time, but back in those days there was no internet to get information, and it just disappeared. I was surprised when I found out it was cancelled, it happens quite a lot - the people with the money never seem to care about the artistic merits of what they're paying for - people who visit a gallery or museum and stroll through without looking, just to tick the box.

I've been trying to track down one piece of music in particular, not sure if it was Joe Jackson or one of the other notable musicians who worked on the series - it's something like a 2/4 rhythm with a cowbell hitting rat tat-ta rat tat-ta with brass counter rhythm on top with great sax hook line; that one piece resonated perfectly and turned a good show into excellent show. It was a throw back to the golden era where some really amazing music was created for TV shows.


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