McCloud (1970–1977)
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An arsonist torches Chris's building, killing her nephew and a security guard. When McCloud and Chris discover the building's owner was deep in the hole and probably committed the arson for... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Chief Peter Clifford
Terry Carter ... Sgt. Joe Broadhurst
Diana Muldaur ... Chris Coughlin
Lonny Chapman ... Wally Forman
George Gaynes ... Floyd Spencer
Robert Ellenstein ... Andrews
Robert Reed ... Jason Carter
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Captain Roth
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ... Stan Barry
Adrienne Larussa ... Claire Harrison
Dee Timberlake Dee Timberlake ... Maggie
David Garfield David Garfield ... Dr. Maynard
Mel Gallagher Mel Gallagher ... Carey
Hal Riddle Hal Riddle ... Jake Porter


An arsonist torches Chris's building, killing her nephew and a security guard. When McCloud and Chris discover the building's owner was deep in the hole and probably committed the arson for money, they launch two simultaneous undercover investigations -- one with McCloud as a builder looking for a torch, the other as the torch himself. Written by Peter Harris

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16 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Photographer "Claire Harrison" is not holding the camera properly. Her finger is nowhere near the shutter button. See more »


Sam McCloud: Chris, I want a trained police officer!
Chris Coughlin: You'll get a trained reporter!
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Edited from Emergency! (1972) See more »

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Fires and the fire insurance money
16 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Marshal Sam McCloud goes undercover to discover a ring of arsonists. He's got personal reasons for this one, an arsonist set fire Diana Muldaur's building and if Dennis Weaver hadn't been around to pick her up for a theater date he might not have discovered the fire and been able to rescue her. As it was a security guard and Muldaur's visiting nephew Skip Lowell might not have been killed.

Fires and the fire insurance money it can bring have often been a way of solving financial problems. Just a year earlier Jack Lemmon torched his factory in Save The Tiger and got an Oscar for it. This of course was from the point of view of the man who needed an arsonist. This is from the innocent people who can be killed there.

Weaver goes undercover both as a rich tycoon who buddies it up with the owner of the building Robert Reed. He also goes undercover as a pinch hit arsonist with Lonn Chapman, king of torches. That nearly gets him killed. I can't believe that the NYPD couldn't afford another guy to play the arsonist at least. I think that's what would have happened in real life.

Still fans of the series will like this.

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