Cannon (1971–1976)
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Months after being injured while chasing a payroll holdup suspect, an ex-motorcycle cop hires Cannon to help him find the robber, who was assumed to have died in the chase.


Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)


Ken Trevey, Edward Hume (developed for television by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Martin Sheen ... Jerry Warton
Daniel J. Travanti ... Lucky Ferris (as Dan Travanti)
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Phyllis (as Collin Wilcox Horne)
Ned Glass ... Pete Wick
Byron Mabe Byron Mabe ... Gene Robbins
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... John
John Bedford John Bedford ... Fred Waner
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn
James Sikking ... Lloyd
Chuck Taylor Chuck Taylor
Lenore Stevens ... Girl at Park
Harriet Haindl Harriet Haindl
Ref Sanchez Ref Sanchez ... Vendor
Mickey Alzola Mickey Alzola


Months after being injured while chasing a payroll holdup suspect, an ex-motorcycle cop hires Cannon to help him find the robber, who was assumed to have died in the chase.

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payroll | motocross | motorcycle | See All (3) »


Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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4 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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James Sikking and Dan Travanti appear together here as they would later in Hill Street Blues before adding their middle initials to their monikers. See more »

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Full of illogical situations.
7 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've been watching the first season of "Cannon" on DVD and I must say this is the first episode I really hated. The first 80% of the show is fine--the last 20% is pure crap! The show begins with a criminal (Daniel J. Travanti) trying to evade the police. He then pours fuel on his car and ignites it--and the cops think he's inside. However, this dirt-bag put some poor schmuck in the car and used the fire to hide the fact it wasn't him. Only one cop on the force (Martin Sheen) believes the crook is still alive and he goes to Cannon to get his help tracking the guy down. The trail leads to a bunch of bikers and they manage to capture him hiding among them. However, and here is where the show gets REALLY bad, Cannon and the cop have the prisoner and they run to the prisoner's girlfriend's restaurant to hide. Okay. Then, the woman REPEATEDLY does things to help the bikers outside kill Cannon and his client! And, each time, neither of them hurt her, tie her up or shoot her!! In this situation, I would have shot her (perhaps not fatally) and then DEFINITELY shot the wanted man, as he was wanted for several murders and it wasn't like they needed to bring him back alive! Yet, again and again, the duo let him and his girlfriend nearly get them killed!! I just wanted to scream, as none of this made any sense. Sure, the unwritten TV detective code said (at the time) not to kill prisoners, but in a case like this, I sure as heck would have roughed 'em up a bit at the very least!! One of the dumbest endings I could have imagined. What's equally ridiculous in this show? Twice, Cannon made shots with his snub-nosed .38 that would have gotten him a gold medal in the Olympics!! Insanely difficult shots to say the least!! Overall, the show looked shoddy and silly and isn't worth seeing unless you are a Travanti or Martin Sheen groupie.

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