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Cannon


Cannon Cast

Series Description

The Cannon TV show was a 60 minute drama series on CBS about a really fat former Los Angeles police officer who had resigned from the LAPD to become a private detective. Despite his weight, he was fantastic at his job and, therefore, demanded high fees for his serivices. Frank Cannon himself was more than a bit too large to get involved in many fist fights but there were plenty of fights among other characters plus gun battles, car chases, and all the other action you'd expect to see on a series featuring a private investigator.

Cannon Cast

William Conrad ............... Frank Cannon
Barry Sullivan ............... Calhoun
Vera Miles ................... Diana Langston
Lynda Day George ............. Christie Redfield
J.D.Cannon ................... Lieutenant Kelly Redfield
Keenan Wynn .................. Eddie
Earl Holliman ................ Deputy Sheriff
Murray Hamilton .............. Virgil Holly
John Fiedler ................. Jake
Ross Hagen ................... Red Dunleavy
Pamela Dunlap ................ Roberta
Lawrence Pressman ............ Herb Mayer

Cannon Trivia

    

Cannon couldn't have had a better time slot for its first season on the air! It was on immediately following the hit crime series, "Hawaii Five-0"!

Cannon was nominated for an Emmy in 1973 for "Outstanding Drama Series". It also got a Golden Globe nomination in 1974 for "Best Drama TV Show". "The Waltons" won both of those awards. William Conrad was nominated for Golden Globes in both 1972 and 1973 for "Best TV Actor". Robert Young won in 1972 for "Marcus Welby, M.D." and Peter Falk won in 1973 for "Columbo". Conrad was also nominated for Emmys in 1973 and 1974. In 1973 Richard Thomas won for "The Waltons" and in 1974 Telly Savalas won for "Kojak".

Cannon needed a large vehicle to accomodate his large body so he drove a Lincoln Continental.

William Conrad began his show business career in radio in the late 1930s. His deep baritone voice that was so valuable in radio would serve him well later as a prolific narrator of TV shows. When World War II struck, Conrad joined the Army Air Corps and served as a fighter pilot! He returned to radio when the war ended. Conrad was definitely one of the kings of Old Time Radio! When asked, Conrad once estimated that he had performed in more than 7,000 radio episodes on dozens of different shows! The role he is best known for is that as "Marshall Matt Dillon" on the "Gunsmoke Radio Show". Unfortunately, when the "Gunsmoke TV Show" hit the airwaves in 1955, the producers felt that Conrad's weight would make it impossible for the viewers to accept him as the invincible Marshall Dillon so they offered the role to John Wayne! He didn't want it because he wanted to remain in the movies but he recommended a young, relatively unknown guy that he thought would be perfect ... James Arness and the rest is TV history! In 1997, William Conrad was inducted into the "Radio Hall of Fame".

Gunsmoke was one of the last radio shows to leave the air (in 1961) but Conrad had also been working his way into movie roles and TV guest-starring roles by then. His wonderful voice was also beginning to get him some Narrator roles, the first well-known one being on the children's cartoon series, "Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Friends". His narration credits are way too long to list here but the other best known series he narrated were "The Fugitive (1963)", "Tales of the Unexpected", and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". In 1981, Conrad got another starring role on the 1981 version of the "Nero Wolfe TV Show" and in 1987 he landed the lead role on "Jake and the Fatman".

Cannon was produced by "Quinn Martin Productions". They produced numerous shows in the 1960s and 70s including "12 O'Clock High", "Barnaby Jones", "The F.B.I.", "The Fugitive", "The Invaders", and "The Streets of San Francisco"! Cannon was the first Quinn Martin series that did not air on ABC. Cannon and Barnaby Jones would often "crossover" by featuring each others regular Cast as guest-stars.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

TV Pilot Episode

Cannon - Parts 1 & 2 (3/26/1971)

The First Season

  1. Salinas Jackpot (9/14/1971)
  2. Death Chain (9/21/1971)
  3. Call Unicorn (9/28/1971)
  4. Country Blues (10/5/1971)
  5. Scream Of Silence (10/12/1971)
  6. Fool's Gold (10/19/1971)
  7. The Girl In The Electric Coffin (10/26/1971)
  8. Dead Pigeon (11/9/1971)
  9. A Lonely Place To Die (11/16/1971)
  10. No Pockets In The Shroud (11/23/1971)
  11. Stone Cold Dead (11/30/1971)
  12. Death Is A Double Cross (12/7/1971)
  13. The Nowhere Man (12/14/1971)
  14. Flight Plan (12/28/1971)
  15. Devil's Playground (1/4/1972)
  16. Treasure Of Saint Ignacio (1/11/1972)
  17. Blood On The Vine (1/18/1972)
  18. To Kill A Guinea Pig (2/1/1972)
  19. The Island Caper (2/8/1972)
  20. A Deadly Quiet Town (2/15/1972)
  21. A Flight Of Hawks (2/22/1972)
  22. The Torch (2/29/1972)
  23. Cain's Mark (3/7/1972)
  24. Murder By Moonlight (3/14/1972)

The Second Season

  1. Bad Cats And Sudden Death (9/13/1972)
  2. Sky Above, Death Below (9/20/1972)
  3. Bitter Legion (9/27/1972)
  4. That Was No Lady (10/4/1972)
  5. Stakeout (10/11/1972)
  6. The Predators (10/18/1972)
  7. A Long Way Down (10/25/1972)
  8. The Rip Off (11/1/1972)
  9. Child Of Fear (11/15/1972)
  10. The Shadow Man 11/22/1972)
  11. Hear No Evil (11/29/1972)
  12. The Endangered Species (12/13/1972)
  13. Nobody Beats The House (12/20/1972)
  14. Hard Rock Roller Coaster (1/3/1973)
  15. The Dead Samaritan (1/10/1973)
  16. Death Of A Stone Seahorse (1/17/1973)
  17. Moving Target (1/31/1973)
  18. Murder For Murder (2/7/1973)
  19. O Ride A Tiger (2/14/1973)
  20. The Prisoners (2/21/1973)
  21. The Seventh Grave (2/28/1973)
  22. Catch Me If You Can (3/7/1973)
  23. Press Pass To The Slammer (3/14/1973)
  24. Deadly Heritage (3/21/1973)

The Third Season

  1. He Who Digs A Grave - Part 1 (9/12/1973)
  2. He Who Digs A Grave - Part 2 (9/12/1973)
  3. Memo From A Dead Man (9/19/1973)
  4. Hounds Of Hell (9/26/1973)
  5. Target In The Mirror (10/3/1973)
  6. Murder By Proxy (10/10/1973)
  7. Night Flight To Murder (10/17/1973)
  8. Come Watch Me Die (10/24/1973)
  9. The Perfect Alibi (10/31/1973)
  10. The Dead Lady's Tears (11/7/1973)
  11. The Limping Man (11/14/1973)
  12. Trial By Terror (11/21/1973)
  13. Murder By The Numbers (11/28/1973)
  14. Valley Of The Damned (12/5/1973)
  15. A Well Remembered Terror (12/12/1973)
  16. Arena Of Fear (12/19/1973)
  17. Photo Finish (1/2/1974)
  18. Duel In The Desert (1/16/1974)
  19. Where's Jennifer? (1/23/1974)
  20. Blood Money (2/6/1974)
  21. Death Of A Hunter (2/13/1974)
  22. The Cure That Kills (2/20/1974)
  23. Bobby Loved Me (2/27/1974)
  24. Triangle Of Terror (3/13/1974)
  25. The Stalker (3/20/1974)

The Fourth Season

  1. Kelly's Song (9/11/1974)
  2. The Hit Man (9/18/1974)
  3. Voice From The Grave (9/25/1974)
  4. Lady In Red (10/2/1974)
  5. The Deadly Trail (10/16/1974)
  6. The Exchange (10/23/1974)
  7. The Avenger (10/30/1974)
  8. A Killing In The Family (11/6/1974)
  9. Flashpoint (11/13/1974)
  10. The Man Who Couldn't Forget (11/20/1974)
  11. The Sounds Of Silence (12/4/1974)
  12. The Prisoner (12/11/1974)
  13. Daddy's Little Girl (12/18/1974)
  14. The Conspirators (1/1/1975)
  15. Coffin Corner (1/15/1975)
  16. Perfect Fit For A Frame (1/22/1975)
  17. Killer On The Hill (1/29/1975)
  18. Missing At FL307 (2/5/1975)
  19. The Set Up (2/12/1975)
  20. The Investigator 2/26/1975)
  21. Lady On The Run (3/5/1975)
  22. Vengeance (3/12/1975)
  23. Tomorrow Ends At Noon (3/19/1975)
  24. Search And Destroy (4/2/1975)

The Fifth Season

  1. Nightmare (9/10/1975)
  2. The Deadly Conspiracy (9/17/1975)
  3. The Wrong Medicine (9/24/1975)
  4. The Iceman (10/1/1975)
  5. The Victim (10/8/1975)
  6. The Man Who Died Twice (10/15/1975)
  7. A Touch Of Venom (10/22/1975)
  8. Man In The Middle (10/29/1975)
  9. Fall Guy (11/5/1975)
  10. The Melted Man (11/12/1975)
  11. The Wedding March (11/19/1975)
  12. The Hero (11/26/1975)
  13. To Still The Voice (12/3/1975)
  14. The Star (12/10/1975)
  15. The Games Children Play (12/17/1975)
  16. The Reformer (1/7/1976)
  17. The House Of Cards (1/14/1976)
  18. Revenge (1/21/1976)
  19. Cry Wolf (1/28/1976)
  20. The Quasar Kill (2/4/1976)
  21. Snapshot (2/11/1976)
  22. Point After Death (2/18/1976)
  23. Bloodlines (2/25/1976)
  24. Madman (3/3/1976)

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