Cannon (1971–1976)
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The Deadly Trail 

Cannon is hired by a wealthy retired general to find a daughter he hasn't seen since she was a child, 20 years ago.


George McCowan


Calvin Clements Jr. (as Calvin Clements), Edward Hume (developed for television by)


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Episode cast overview:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Kevin McCarthy ... General Nielson
William Smithers ... Colonel Cade
Katherine Cannon ... Cheryl Blythe
Whitney Blake ... Donna Roberts
Ronne Troup Ronne Troup ... Cherry Sanders
Bill Quinn ... Mr. Tobias
Grace Lee Whitney ... Ida
Dennis Dugan ... George Peters
John Milford ... Film Editor
Paula Victor Paula Victor ... Casting Director


Cannon is hired by a wealthy retired general to find a daughter he hasn't seen since she was a child, 20 years ago.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

16 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


George, played by Dennis Dugan, wears a jersey with "Wheaton" on the front. Dennis was born in Wheaton, Illinois. See more »


During the first minute a boom mike can be seen reflected in the opera window of Cannon's car. See more »

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One of the better episodes of season four.
18 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with some hoods abducting Cannon and taking them to meet the boss. But the boss is NOT a mobster but some retired general and the General orders his men NOT to treat Cannon like this...he is a guest and can choose whether to take the case or not. It turns out that the General was married long ago and his wife left him. Apparently she soon had a child after this...and he only recently found out he was a father. He wants Cannon to find the girl and introduce her to him. Oddly, this goes well...too well. She should have been much harder to find...and Cannon isn't about to close the case even though the General tells him to. Cannon is convinced SOMETHING is afoot...something the General doesn't even suspect.

This is a neat episode. The pieces all fit together well and kept my interest throughout. Plus, I enjoyed seeing Kevin McCarthy as the General. Well worth seeing.

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