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Magnum, P.I.

Magnum, P.I. Dates : 1980 - 1988
164 episodes of 60 min
First broadcasting : 13 Décembre 1981
Creator(s) : Donald P. BELLISARIO, et Glen LARSON
Producer(s) : Donald P. BELLISARIO
Music : Mike POST et Pete CARPENTER
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Synopsis

Thomas Sullivan Magnum, III grew up with a father in the Navy, who died when he was ten, and entered the Naval Academy at 18. Magnum, a third generation Naval officer, graduated the Academy, became a Navy Seal, and was sent to Vietnam. He made two life-long friends, Theodore "TC" Calvin and Orville "Rick" Wright, while serving in Vietnam. After the war, Magnum was transferred to Naval Intelligence, and stationed in Pearl Harbor. His buddies retired from the military. TC opened up a helicopter tour guide service, while Rick was a club manager. At the age of 33, Magnum woke up one morning and realized he was never 23. He quit the Navy, got a PI license and opened a practice in Hawaii. He was eventually hired by a world-renowned author and playboy, Robin Masters, to monitor security at Robin's Nest, a huge estate on the north shores of Oahu. Robin Masters would jet from one part of the world to another, and visit his various estates, and write best selling novels. Robin's Nest is run by Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, a proper Englishman. Higgins was in lineage of a Duke and served in the Royal Army as a Sergeant Major. Magnum lives in Robin's guesthouse, and drives Robin's Ferrari. As a result, Higgins treats Magnum as a leach; however deep down they have great respect for each other. The series follows Magnum on his various adventures, involving clients, guests staying on the estate, or plots involving his days in Vietnam. Magnum requires assistance occasionally from his friends, TC, Rick, Asst. D.A. Carol Baldwin, his buddies in Naval Intelligence; even Higgins lends a hand from time to time.

The Actors

Tom Selleck - Thomas Sullivan Magnum

Tom Selleck


(Thomas Sullivan Magnum)

John Hillerman - Jonathan Quayle Higgins

John Hillerman


(Jonathan Quayle Higgins)

Roger E. Mosley - Theodore

Roger E. Mosley


(Theodore "TC" Calvin)

Larry Manetti - Rick Wright

Larry Manetti


(Rick Wright)

Photos

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Trivia

Magnum has been seen wearing a ball cap that says VMO-2 Da-Nang. Navy SEALS never served with the squadron. It means V=Heavier Than Air, M=Marine Corps, O=Observation, 2=Squadron 2. Heavier than air is a designation given to fixed wing aircraft. Observation aircraft such as the OV-10 Bronco were used by the Maine Corps and Navy in Vietnam. However the navy unit did serve as support for the SEALS.

Episode #149 (7.22) Limbo, where Magnum was to be shot dead by mobsters was to be the CBS series finale on 15 April 1987. When the show's fans heard this, there was a huge public outcry and the "shot dead" plotline was nixed by the producers. Magnum was indeed shot by mobsters in this episode. Magnum returned for an unprecedented 8th season on CBS, filming 12 more episodes.

Magnum was killed off at the end of the 1986-87 season because producers thought the show had been cancelled. In the first episode of Season #8, Magnum was brought back to life.

In the episode "Paper War" while Magnum and Higgins are trapped in the elevator, Magnum accuses Higgins of being Robin Masters and the unseen writer is an actor which Magnum suggests is Orson Welles. An inside joke since Orson Welles does indeed provide the voice of Robin Masters

Tom Selleck's prior commitment to the series forced him to turn down the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). However, production on the series was slated to start in May of 1980, but was delayed by an actors' strike. When the series finally went into production a few months later, "Raiders" had just completed filming. Although this time period would have allowed Selleck to do the movie, Harrison Ford had already been cast in the film by the time the actors' strike began. (The 1988 episode "Legend of the Lost Art" served as a "Raiders" parody, with Magnum dressed up as Indiana Jones.)

Although the on-screen title was always 'Magnum p.i.', the series is quite often billed as simply 'Magnum'.

On his navy uniform, one can see the blue and white ribbon for the navy cross, as well as the naval special warfare insignia. This means he earned the nation's second highest award for naval personnel and was a SEAL.

Although there were references to Steve McGarett and Hawaii Five-O during the run of this series, McGarrett was never shown. "Hawaii Five-O" (1968) ceased production the same year this show began production (1980).

The design shown during the closing credits comes from Magnum's ring.

The name of Rick's club was the King Kamehameha Club. T C always referred to Higgins as "Higgy Baby".

This drama series was one of the highest rated shows on Thursday nights until the debut of "The Cosby Show" (1984) sitcom. The sitcom eventually became the #1 show on the air and routinely out-rated Magnum.

In "Operation: Silent Night" Episode: #4.10 - 15 December 1983, the destroyer shown is the USS Wren (DD 568) which was scrapped in 1975.

In episode "Lest We Forget" Episode: #1.9 - 12 February 1981, actors Anne Lockhart and Miguel Ferrer portrayed the younger characters of their parents, June Lockhart and José Ferrer.

Tom Selleck is a big Detroit Tigers baseball fan. Several episodes feature references to the Tigers. When they won the World Series during the run of the show, they were tentative plans to film an episode in the Detroit area but those plans were scrapped.

When Frank Sinatra agreed to do a guest part on the show, producers sent Sinatra a list of story ideas they were considering and Sinatra chose the idea he wanted to do. The story he chose was called "Laura" and it ran during the seventh season.

Producers eventually wanted Orson Welles to be revealed as Robin Masters, but he died before the series ended its run.

Magnum's full name is Thomas Sullivan Magnum, III. Sullivan is his mother's maiden name.

One episode revealed that 546-10-8740 is Magnum's private investigator license number in Hawaii.

Higgins used two Dobermans to guard the estate. The dogs were named Zeus and Apollo and also referred to as the "lads".

Filming

Filming locations:

  • Annapolis, Maryland, USA
  • Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England, UK (Episode "Deja Vu")
  • Hawaii Film Studio - 18th Avenue & Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (studio)
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Kapi`olani Community College - 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Leeds Castle, Kent, England, UK (Episode "Deja Vu")
  • London, England, UK (Episode "Deja Vu")
  • Sea Life Park - 41202 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimänalo, O`ahu, Hawaii, USA
  • Tower Bridge, London, England, UK (Episode "Deja Vu")

DVD

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