Cannon (1971–1976)
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A dying prisoner, a former hit man confesses to Cannon that he killed his wife and child 14 years ago when Cannon was a cop. Cannon investigates.


Paul Stanley


Edward Hume (developed for television by), Robert W. Lenski (as Robert Lenski)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
John McMartin ... Sen. Arlen Andrews
Elizabeth Allen ... Arlene Thompson Richards
John McLiam ... Capt. Al Corday
Janet Ward Janet Ward ... Wanda Backus
Harry Townes ... Steve
Joe De Santis ... Benito Conforte
Robert Doyle Robert Doyle ... Sterling
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Scooter Hamlin
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Robert Hardy Koll
Sidney Clute ... Carl Pesky (as Sid Clute)
Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson ... Richard Gallup
Dean Santoro Dean Santoro ... Newscaster
Betty McGuire ... Switchboard Operator
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Harold Kircher


A dying prisoner, a former hit man confesses to Cannon that he killed his wife and child 14 years ago when Cannon was a cop. Cannon investigates.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Connections to The Fugitive (1963) also a Quinn Martin production: William Conrad, narrator of every Fugitive episode, confronts the man who killed his wife, unintentionally, and fled. In The Fugitive, the title character likewise confronts the man who unintentionally killed his wife and fled. And, both events took place in 1961. This episode also has at least four actors (in addition to William Conrad) who appeared in The Fugitive, some more than once: Elizabeth Allen, Harry Townes, Sidney Clute, John McLiam and Joe DeSantis. See more »

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Possibly the best episode of "Cannon".
13 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this episode begins, a dying prisoner asks to see Cannon. On his deathbed, the man admits that he murdered Cannon's wife and son long ago but dies before being able to tell him why. But he did seem to tell him that Cannon's wife was a hooker! This opens up many old wounds...wounds the audience had never heard about until this episode. This backstory was all new to the viewers. So why did the man do it...and who was responsible for ordering the killings, as the now dead man was a famous hit-man? All I could tell was that Cannon has really lost his mind in this episode...and he's not gonna stop until he gets answers.

I appreciate episodes of cop and detective shows that provide you with back story. Up until this time, you really knew little about Cannon's past...other than the fact he was once a great cop. Here, you learn much more and also have a chance to see a different side of the character....something I loved. I also loved how you got to see William Conrad act and emote....making it one of the best shows in the series.

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