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Cannon: Cannon

Diana Langston is the main suspect in the murder of her husband Ken. Nevertheless, she protests her innocence and asks detective Frank Cannon for help. He comes along immediately on the way to New Mexico to find the real murderer of his old friend. Although Frank Cannon has to fight with the hostility in New Mexico, he doesn't surrender.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x0
Airdate: Friday March 26th, 1971
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Director: George McCowan
Teleplay: Edward Hume


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Guest Stars
Murray HamiltonMurray Hamilton
As Virgil Holley
Recurring
Vera MilesVera Miles
As Diana Langston
Recurring
Barry SullivanBarry Sullivan
As Sgt. Calhoun
Recurring
Keenan WynnKeenan Wynn
As Eddie
Recurring
J.D. CannonJ.D. Cannon
As Lt. Kelly Redfield
Lynda Day GeorgeLynda Day George
As Christie Redfield (as Lynda Day)
Earl HollimanEarl Holliman
As Sgt. Magruder

Co-Guest Stars
Lynne MartaLynne Marta
As Trudy Hewett
Recurring
Norman AldenNorman Alden
As Sgt. Mitchell
Recurring
John FiedlerJohn Fiedler
As Jake Hecker
Recurring
Lawrence PressmanLawrence Pressman
As Herb Mayer
Recurring
Ross HagenRoss Hagen
As Red Dunleavy
Recurring
Robert SorrellsRobert Sorrells
As Bar Tough
Recurring
James LydonJames Lydon
As Betting Clerk
Recurring
William JoyceWilliam Joyce
As Ken Langston (as Bill Joyce)
Recurring
Wayne McLarenWayne McLaren
As Jackie / T.J.
Recurring
Ellen CorbyEllen Corby
As Teacher
Pamela DunlapPamela Dunlap
As Laverne Holley

Uncredited
Charles PicerniCharles Picerni
As Brawler
Recurring
Glenn WilderGlenn Wilder
As Brawler
Recurring
Marvin Dean StewartMarvin Dean Stewart
As James McCary
Recurring
Robert TessierRobert Tessier
As Brawler
Main Cast
William ConradWilliam Conrad
As Frank Cannon

Recap

In Gallitin, NM, Sands Motel owner Ken Langston checks in a guest, Jerry Straiter. The next morning at 4 a.m. Langston collects his fishing gear and drives off into the country. When he arrives, Straiter attacks and clubs him dead. The murderer then drives Langston’s body to the docks, ties it to some concrete blocks, and prepares to dump it into the water. Sergeant Calhoun with the police is driving by, spots Straiter, and opens fire when the killer goes for his gun. As Straiter falls into the water, Calhoun sees a woman run to her car and drive away...

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Episode Quotes
Herb Mayer: Frank, you can’t just tear off the minute you get back.
Cannon: Herb, you’re my lawyer, my confessor, and you’re beautiful. But five months ago, I bought myself a new car and I haven’t had a chance to drive it around the block.

Sgt. Magruder: You got some kind of business here in Gallitin?
Cannon: With a week to kill, I’ll find some. You know a good place to stay?
Sgt. Magruder: I know ‘em all. Depends on what you’re looking for.
Cannon: How about the Sands Motel?
Sgt. Magruder: You wouldn’t like that.
Cannon: No, why not?
Sgt. Magruder: Well, that’s all run-down. That’s clean over on the other side of town.
Cannon: But I got a week to get there.

Sgt. Mitchell: Who are you?
Cannon: Frank Cannon. I’m just checking in at the Sands.
Sgt. Mitchell: Aren’t you the fella we just got a ticket on?
Cannon: That’s me.
Sgt. Mitchell: Yeah—yeah, the, uh...
Cannon: Yes, the fat one.

Cannon: When it comes to bluegrass music and a jukebox, I’ve got a memory like an elephant. No joke intended.

Kid: Hi.
Cannon: Hi.
Kid: How’d you get that fat?
Cannon: Wasn’t easy.

Bar Tough: Who are you, anyway?
Cannon: I am a student of native customs.
Bar Tough: You’re new around here, aren’t you?
Cannon: I’m luckier than that, I’m just visiting.

Cannon: Have you got a chief?
Sgt. Magruder: What do I look like, an Indian? Yes, I gotta a chief.

Cannon: Gallitin’s as wide-open as a stomach wound.

Lt. Kelly Redfield: You know, I—I wanted to kill you the other night.
Cannon: Kelly, not a chance. I got eighty pounds on you.



Cultural References
Cannon: You're a regular Hamlet, my heart bleeds for you.

Hamlet is the title character, the Prince of Denmark, in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet (circa 1600).

Cannon: Which one are you, Holley? The armed robber, the town boss, or just plain Huckleberry Finn?

Huckleberry is the penniless son of the town vagabond, who appears in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (both 1884), by Mark Twain.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerQuinn Martin (1)
ProducerAdrian Samish  |  Arthur Fellows
Associate ProducerHoward Alston
Unit Production ManagerRobert Huddleston
Music EditorGene Feldman (2)
Music SupervisorJohn Elizalde
HairstylistGloria Montemayor
Make-upRichard Cobos
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Property MasterRobert J. Vassibula
Director of PhotographyJohn Alonzo
Art DirectorPhilip Barber
Main Title DesignPhill Norman
Film EditorJerry Young (2)
SoundRobert Miller
CostumerEric Seelig  |  Dorothy Rodgers
Assistant DirectorHap Weyman
ComposerJohn Carl Parker
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJohn Conwell
Assistant Film EditorSheldon Kahn
Sound Effects EditorJerry Rosenthal
Editorial CoordinatorCarl Barth
 
Warning: Cannon season 1 episode 0 guide may contain spoilers
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