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Cannon Dates : 1971 - 1976
120 episodes of 48 min
First broadcasting : 25 FĂ©vrier 1973
Creator(s) : Edward Hume
Producer(s) : Quinn Martin
Music : John Parker (Générique), Brad Fiedel, Robert Drasnin, Bruce Broughton, Tom Scott, George Romanis, Patrick Williams, Duane Tuatro
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In the long line of television private people, Frank Cannon was one of the first to be afflicted with a handicap: the overweight. His 130 kilos do not allow him to play in the stuntman, nor the brawler, although he succeeds perfectly to get out of a chase or a naked fist fight.

Former police lieutenant, he opened a private detective cabinet in Los Angeles. His high fees allow him to satisfy his taste for good cuisine and to maintain his luxurious continental Lincoln. Like the major Californian literary detectives (Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer, Sam Spade), Cannon works alone.

Cannon was an American police television series which was broadcast between 1971 and 1976 on the CBS network. The series featured William Conrad in the role of Frank Cannon, a private and clumsy private detective who was ready to do anything to resolve the most difficult cases. The series was known for its realistic approach to criminal affairs resolution and for Conrad's performance as a main character.

Cannon was a private detective who had once been a police officer in Los Angeles. After being injured during an operation, he left the police and opened his own private detective cabinet. Although he is often clumsy and uncomfortable in social situations, Cannon was a very talented and persevering investigator. He often used unconventional methods to resolve cases, which often earned him in trouble with the police and local authorities.

The series followed the adventures of Cannon as he resolved criminal affairs throughout Los Angeles. He was often helped by his friends and colleagues, including Sam Boland (Played by Allan Melvin), a detective from the Los Angeles police, and Dr. Mark Sloan (Played by John S. Ragin), a medical examiner. The series was famous for its complex cases and unpredictable twists, and it was very popular with viewers.

In addition to Conrad's performance as Cannon, the series was also greeted for its realistic use of the city of Los Angeles as a backdrop, as well as for its electric soundtrack and its impressive sound effects. The series won numerous prizes during its broadcasting, including a Primetime Emmy Award for the best sound effects in 1972.

Despite its success, Cannon was canceled in 1976 after five seasons due to a drop in audience. However, the series has left an indelible mark in the history of American television and remains one of the most popular examples of the police genre on television.

The Actors

William Conrad - Frank Cannon

William Conrad

(Frank Cannon)


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When it comes to giving shape to his idea, Quinn Martin addressed a screenwriter who has already worked on the fugitive, Edward G. Hume, who was also going to adapt a year later a novel by Carolyn Weston and Streets of San Francisco, another renowned QM production, staging an intergenerational tandem interpreted by Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. In the inaugural telefilm of the series, broadcast on March 26, 1971 on CBS, Cannon investigates in a small town in the new Mexico to help the widow of an old friend, a situation and an atmosphere that the detective will frequently find during series. We already meet actress Vera Miles (partner of Henry Fonda in the false culprit of Alfred Hitchcock), who will make other appearances in the series, and some reference actors of television, seen and reviewed in multiple programs , from Barry Sullivan (the streets of San Francisco, Hawaii State Police) and J.D. Cannon (the invaders, McCloud) to Earl Holliman (Angie Dickinson partner in Sergeant Anderson) and Keenan Wynn (the second digger of Dallas ).

If Cannon's stories are often quite classic, taking the hero to circles as diverse as the world of rodeo, country music, insurance, bikers and other movie stars, they are also curly, not without a few lengths Sometimes but with certain effectiveness. Like the pilot, almost every episode is an opportunity to meet young actors called for a leading career on television or cinema. Thus Mark Hamill, the future Luke Skywalker of the Star War, it appears as a farmer in the episode "Country Blues", where we also come across Joan Van Ark who will become famous a few years later by playing Valene Ewing in CĂ´te West. The stars radius also includes Wayne Rogers (Mash, Los Angeles 1930s), Tom Skerritt (High Secret City), Roy Scheider (The teeth of the sea, thunder of fire), Kim Hunter (the planet of the monkeys in the cinema), Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman in the man who was worth three billion and Super Jaimie), Martin E. Brooks (Rudy Wells in the same), Daniel Work (Hill Street Blues), Martin Sheen, Richard Hatch, Leslie Neilsen, David Soul, and many others.

As well as the actors, the writers and the directors are experienced craftsmen of television of the time. George McCowan, who performs a handful of episodes, including the pilot TV movie, will work later on several series of Aaron Spelling, including Starsky and Hutch and DrĂ´les de Dames, Lawrence Dobkin on Magnum, Don Medford on Dynasty or William Wiard on the Streets of San Francisco. All, moreover, are usual collaborators of the Quinn Martin series, and some will later make a name for the cinema like Richard Don (the fatal weapons and Superman) and John Badham (Thunder de Feu, Wargames). Ditto for the writers, Robert C. Dennis, Paul Playdon, Stephen Kandel, Ken Pettus, David Moessinger, Carey Wilber, Albert Aley, Anthony Lawrence, Del Reisman, Ronald Austin & James D. Buchanan, even Michael Gleason who will later create Remington Steele with director Robert Butler.

Like many other series, Cannon is inseparable from his musical theme, although his composer does not have the reputation of Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams who, at the time, also worked for television. John C. Parker is indeed an illustrious unknown for most of you, but he signed some generics of TV series who have remained in the memories, starting with that of Chip's which takes up the sounds of another of his opus, The Generic of Trapper John, M.D. (unprecedented in France but in which we find Pernell Roberts de Bonanza and Gregory Harrison of the Crystal Age). Author of partitions for the Western series The conquest of the West, Parker is also one of the composers of Dallas, whose songs will be used in the first and last seasons. Among the other Cannon composers, let us quote Duane Tatro, which will also sign scores for Dynasty, and Patrick Williams author of the generic of the streets of San Francisco and almost official composer of the new version Columbo at the end of the 80s.

What is the popularity of Cannon? Very lonely character, he did not have to support him either charming secretary, like Mannix, nor young athletic investigators, like Robert Dacier in the iron man. On the occasion, he could of course receive a boost from young police officers like the Jerry Wharton embodied by Martin Sheen in two episodes, but nothing very lasting: always, the credits of the series will be occupied exclusively by William Conrad, whose The face is available in all directions in a way today a little kitsch but singularly original! If he was married (his wife and his fourteen -year -old son were actually killed in a car accident which will be at the center of the episode "Nightmare", at the start of the fifth season), Cannon is now a bachelor Endrcated which nevertheless seduces with its kindness and generosity. Hard with criminals, compensating for her weight excess with a very useful intelligence but capable of playing his fist, Cannon is also an incorrigible tender with children and a gallant man with the ladies. His property honesty was, according to William Conrad, one of the primary reasons for his popularity, which was added to his singular pace, far from the usual hero.

Broadcast in the form of regular series from September 14, 1971 to March 3, 1976, Cannon will know 120 episodes and will return to haunt the small screens in a "Revival" TV movie, the return of Frank Cannon, in 1980. The character will also be used to launch another series From Quinn Martin, unprecedented in France but very popular in the United States, Barnaby Jones. The hero, embodied by Buddy Ebsen (then very popular for his role as "Plouc" in The Beverly Hillbillies, an unprecedented sitcom with us), shares with the opulent private detective the tragic loss of a son, who gives Elsewhere his subject in the first episode of the series, "Requiem for his", where Cannon appears on November 28, 1973.

If Cannon was only nominated at the Golden Globe (it was in 1974) in the "Best TV series" category, there is no doubt that it remains one of the essential series of American television, once rebroadcast daily on TF1 and Today relegated (unfortunately for all those who do not have cable or satellite) to thematic channels. A classic, what!


Filming locations:

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Queen Mary - 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California, USA
  • Samuel Goldwyn/Warner Hollywood Studios - 1041 N. Formosa Ave., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (studio)

Authors of the card

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