McCloud (1970–1977)
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Butch Cassidy Rides Again 

Four elderly outlaws hold up McCloud and Broadhurst, who have just robbed a bank during a public demonstration to show the effectiveness of new bank and police procedures. As the robberies ... See full summary »


Barry Shear


Herman Miller (creator), Glen A. Larson


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Terry Carter ... Sgt. Joe Broadhurst
William Daniels ... Clayton Gillis
Linda Evans ... Geri March
Lloyd Nolan ... Elroy Jenkins
Stefanie Powers ... Samantha Johnson
Roger Davis ... Virgil
Pat O'Brien ... Mac Ferguson
Herb Voland ... Mr. Winston
Robert F. Simon ... Tobey Harris
Ken Lynch ... Sergeant Grover
James Millhollin ... Mr. Harris
Clete Roberts ... Charles Price
William Bryant ... Courier (as Bill Bryant)


Four elderly outlaws hold up McCloud and Broadhurst, who have just robbed a bank during a public demonstration to show the effectiveness of new bank and police procedures. As the robberies continue, and after a sophisticated computer draws the conclusion that the gang's leader is "the son of Butch Cassidy," the NYPD is sent into fits trying to track them down. Written by page8701

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14 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debut of the classic theme song. Although no composer credit is ever given for the song itself, Frank De Vol (My Three Sons (1960), The Brady Bunch (1969)) scored this episode and probably either wrote it solo or in collaboration with Glen A. Larson. See more »


Samantha Johnson was shown giving her report on the TV station KBEX. Broadcast stations east of the Mississippi River begin with the letter "W"; stations west of it begin with a "K". Since the show is set in New York City she wouldn't have been on KBEX. See more »


Sam McCloud: Now, Chief, I think I've got us a breakthrough.
Peter B. Clifford: Don't try to change the subject, McCloud. You couldn't get off the hook if you came in here with your own obituary.
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The Wild Bunch Strikes!
5 March 2018 | by profh-1See all my reviews

Sam & Joe are picked to rob a bank as part of a demonstration of police & security techniques. Only one problem. Four guys dressed as wild-west outlaws steal the money and leave them handcuffed together. To say this is an embarrassment to the NYC Police Department is an understatement. Chief Clifford responded by saying, "If either of them as much as gives out his name-- SHOOT him!!!"

Clifford spars with Clayton Gillis, the representative of the Brinkman Security Company, over whose team might be responsible for a leak. Meanwhile, McCloud's got his own problems. His latest fling-- another "society columnist", Geri March (filling in for the missing Chris Caughlin?) repeatedly keeps putting him off for standing her up on dates, and it only gets worse when she becomes jealous of a very-aggressive and annoying TV reporter, Samantha Johnson. She's like "Lois Lane" on steroids, and gets Sam in even deeper trouble with Clifford!

Sam also befriends Elroy Jenkins, who's worked for Brinkman's for over 50 years, and has seen his station in the company threatened by his younger boss, and modern computer technology.

Before it's all over, Sam is almost killed in a burning building, commandeers a Fire Chief's car, then engages in a running chase and gun-fight-- on HORSEBACK!!!

Another fabulous cast this time includes William Daniels ("MARLOWE", "KNIGHT RIDER", "ST. ELSEWHERE") as the Brinkman's exec; Linda Evans ("DYNASTY") as the columnist who gets into a catfight a decade before it became a regular thing for her with Joan Collins; Lloyd Nolan ("MICHAEL SHAYNE", "MARTIN KANE", "SPECIAL AGENT 7", "JULIA") as the aging security man; Stephanie Powers ("THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.", "HART TO HART") as the reporter who causes trouble wherever she goes; Roger Davis (multiple roles on "DARK SHADOWS" and the 2nd "Hannibal Hayes" on "ALIAS SMITH AND JONES"); Pat O'Brien (the lead reporter in "THE FRONT PAGE", and Jennifer's elderly boyfriend on "WKRP IN CINCINNATI"); and Robert F. Simon ("THE OUTER LIMITS", "BEWITCHED", and "J. Jonah Jameson" on the late-70s' "SPIDER-MAN"), who plays Powers' boss.

Chief Clifford was never as angry before as he was here. Although he did try his best to stay reasonable when dealing with McCloud, it really took until the end of the story before he finally-- ANGRILY-- told Sam, "Good work!"

The "classic" theme song debuted this episode, accompanied (for the 2nd time) by a montage of scenes from various episodes, which really stressed that while this was part of the "NBC Mystery Movie", "McCLOUD" was really an ACTION show!

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