Switch (1975–1978)
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The James Caan Con 

An wannabe actor who blackmails women targets an actress who ask for help from Pete and Frank.


E.W. Swackhamer


Richard Powell (as Richard M. Powell), Glen A. Larson (created by)


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Wagner ... Pete T. Ryan
Eddie Albert ... Frank MacBride
Charlie Callas ... Malcolm Argos
Sharon Gless ... Maggie Philbin
Keir Dullea ... Anthony Kirk
Julie Sommars ... Lane Cameron
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Len Ekhardt
Len Lesser ... Salesman
George Skaff George Skaff ... Bernie
Don Anderson ... Bartender
Kristin Larkin Kristin Larkin ... Tour Guide
Suzanne LaCock Suzanne LaCock ... Sherrill (as Suzanne La Cock)
Don Ross Don Ross ... Guard


An wannabe actor who blackmails women targets an actress who ask for help from Pete and Frank.

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

9 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the actor James Caan whom at the time of airing of this script was most famous for his roles in "Brian's Song (1971) (TV)' and The Godfather (1972). See more »

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Conning a blackmailer
3 July 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The first "real" episode of Switch is better than the pilot, but only just. In this one, Ryan and McBride are hired by an actress, Lane Cameron (Julie Sommars), who is being blackmailed over some scandalous photos. It seems that she was drugged and someone took the pics with the intent of blackmail. Our heroes soon learn that the blackmailer, Anthony Kirk (Keir Dullea), is a frustrated actor. The con they pull involves Kirk thinking he has a shot at a large film role in a movie opposite Ms Cameron.

I'm still not sold on Switch, but The James Caan Con was more enjoyable than the pilot. I think the shorter runtime worked in the shows favor. The con was pretty straight forward and didn't need any more time to fully realize. The acting was great. Eddie Albert's movie producer role was a real scenery chewer. And guest starts Sommars and Dullea more than held their own. My biggest complaint is with how easy it was to pull the con on Kirk. Like I said, he's a frustrated, out of work actor. He apparently hasn't had a steady acting gig in a long while. Yet he's dumb enough to believe that he has been selected for movie role ahead of James Caan. Either this guy is a complete idiot (which I don't think he is) or he's got the biggest ego in the world. Regardless, I did enjoy watching his face when everything unraveled. Nice.

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