McCloud (1970–1977)
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The Solid Gold Swingers 

McCloud gets himself involved in a series of murders of high-class escorts after a body he discovers in a senator's flat mysteriously disappears.


Lou Antonio (as Louis Antonio)


Herman Miller (creator), Michael Gleason


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Terry Carter ... Sgt. Joe Broadhurst
Joanna Pettet ... Melissa Thompson
Ross Martin ... Charles
Joanna Barnes ... Karen Chandler
Steve Allen ... Doug King
Neville Brand ... Detective Lt. Mackie
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Arthur Ferris
Teri Garr ... Sgt. Phyllis Norton
Elizabeth Lane Elizabeth Lane ... Grace Hollenbeck
William Bramley William Bramley ... Detective Sgt. Reese
Don Hanmer ... Harvey
William Gleason William Gleason ... Billy
Denny Miller ... Murphy Michaels


McCloud investigates the death of a woman he finds dead on the balcony of a Senator's apartment. When the body vanishes before the crime scene can be processed, nobody believes him and McCloud finds himself assigned as a school crossing guard. Soon however, the missing body is recovered from a Central Park lake and other women are turning up strangled all indicating it's the same killer at work. McCloud gets a glimpse of the killer moments after he commits his latest murder and the Chief decides to put him on the case after all. The dead women were all call girls who once worked for Karen Chandler, an ex-madam who was been in the business for a long time and is now retired. McCloud thinks Karen is having the girls killed to keep them from testifying against her at an upcoming trial but another killing puts that theory to rest. McCloud thinks he has the solution however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

2 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Teri Garr's first appearance as Phyllis Norton. She had appeared as a different police officer in the last episode of season three. Sgt. Norton became a recurring character over the next two seasons. See more »


Contrary to what was shown in the opening scenes, Detectives such as Broadhurst do not respond to burglary in progress calls nor do they drive marked patrol cars. Both of these functions are performed by uniformed patrol officers. See more »


Murphy Michaels: Down home we got leeches big as footballs. They latch onto anything that moves and suck 'till there's nothing left. You'd be right at home with them, Karen.
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Crazy Credits

For some reason, the credits show McCloud getting shot and falling down in a scene from "Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue" (episode 1.2). This is repeated in "This Must Be the Alamo" (episode 4.5), but without the sound effects. See more »


References The Valachi Papers (1972) See more »

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Solid story
10 October 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I won't add much to what have already said the other comment, but I will point out something. We have here Ross Martin in a character which is probably a sort of tribute of this other playing; remember EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, back in 1962, directed by Blake Edwards, starring Glenn Ford and where Martin was also a woman terrorizer and killer, and where he harassed Lee Remick. This was an awesome crime movie and this episode reminds me this movie, because of the Martin's character. That's all I wanted to emphasize on. For the rest, nothing special, the always exciting seventies and urban atmosphere. Directed by Lou Antonio, a TV vet director.

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