Harry O (1973–1976)
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Forty Reasons to Kill: Part 1 

Harry's friend George Makita is found murdered with a large amount of cocaine in his possession. The police believe he was drug dealer, but his girlfriend hires Harry to look into his death... See full summary »


Daryl Duke


Howard Rodman (creator), Stephen Kandel


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Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Harry Orwell
Henry Darrow ... Lt. Manuel 'Manny' Quinlan
Joanna Pettet ... Glenna Nielson
Craig Stevens ... Ben Ryerson
Ned Romero ... Deputy Pete Gutierrez
Broderick Crawford ... John Mackenzie
Hilarie Thompson ... Laura Silver (as Hilary Thompson)
Mary Maldonado Mary Maldonado ... Elvina, Maid
Wayne Grace ... Ross Terrell
Craig Campfield Craig Campfield ... C. C. Jackman
Al Couppee Al Couppee ... Harvey Davis
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Sheriff Ira Rankin
Eric Christmas ... Congressman Sam Galbraith
Paul Benedict ... Bud Veneman


Harry's friend George Makita is found murdered with a large amount of cocaine in his possession. The police believe he was drug dealer, but his girlfriend hires Harry to look into his death. Discovering evidence that George was framed, Harry travels to Vadero County and meets with a very pretty, very wealthy woman named Glenna Nielson, who owns a large ranch there. Glenna had sold forty acres to George just prior to his death, and Harry suspects this is connected to the murder. When a prominent businessman (Glenna's uncle) is killed, Harry is arrested for his murder. Written by Clintessence

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Action | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

5 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Harry refers to Joanna Pettet's character as a farmer's daughter. David Janssen had previously done the "Farmer's Daughter" sketch with Dean Martin and Elke Sommer in The Dean Martin Show: Episode #5.2 (1969). See more »


Harry Orwell: [voiceover] It's a skill the rich are born with: the ability to shut out anything unpleasant. George was dead, so he was already shut out. Now I was being shut out. She had 80,000 golden acres and a beautiful day. She didn't need us. We didn't exist for her.
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Forty Reasons To Kill – Part One
11 February 2016 | by MissClassicTVSee all my reviews

Joanna Pettet and David Janssen made a great team. From The Fugitive in 1966 to Pioneer Woman in 1973 to this, they've always worked well together. This has a somewhat complicated plot but at the heart of it is Harry's loyalty to a friend who was murdered. We follow the trail from San Diego to a small county out in horse country where Harry meets wealthy landowner Glenna Nielson (actress Joanna Pettet) and a whole lot of people who don't want him snooping around. Harry is threatened, beaten up, romanced, and eventually framed for the murder of Glenna's uncle.

There are a few colorful characters – the sheriff, the deputy and a congressman – but it's Harry of course who drives the action and pulls it all together. There's also some great background scenery in this episode. But we'll have to wait for part two to follow Harry's search for justice.

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