One of the first things to spin-off of the NBC Mystery Movie “Wheel” format was McCloud, starring Dennis Weaver (Duel, The Twilight Zone). It galloped across television sets from 1970-1977 and rode off into the sunset with its final episode, McCloud Meets Dracula, co-starring John Carradine (Stagecoach, The Ten Commandments). We talk McCloud and a whole lot more as I’m joined by a special guest, my brother, Vincent, to reminisce about television memories, days that found us in one of television’s great eras. Listen in!
When two smugglers (Tom Atkins, Howard Hesseman) fly to California with an illicit load of Ecuadorian coffee, little do they suspect that there are deadly stowaways in the cargo hold, the eight-legged kind, with a venom that kills like the plague. A CBS Wednesday Movie from 1977 with an all-star cast.
EPISODE 89: THE LAST DINOSAUR (1977): There’s a prehistoric paradise in the polar ice cap, a lost world teeming with creatures thought long-extinct and Masten Thrust, Jr. (Richard Boone) will take us there.
A family rides a downward spiral when their teenage son destroys himself with drugs. Robby Benson stars in The Death of Richie, a disturbing cautionary tale about substance abuse.
We remember Leonard Nimoy’s work in the classic series, IN SEARCH OF (1977-1982). From Bigfoot to Loch Ness, from Amelia Earhart to UFO cover-ups, the In Search Of cameras traveled the world, seeking out these great mysteries.
James Farentino stars as a derelict priest who gets a second chance at life by fighting evil. This NBC telefilm also stars Harrison Ford in a supporting role mere days before his breakout role as Han Solo. Timing is everything. This telefilm is largely forgotten compared to Star Wars, but it’s a supernatural chiller that’s worthy of our attention.
We take a look at the ill-fated Tales of the Unexpected from powerhouse producer, Quinn Martin. The feature-length Force of Evil (1977) stars Lloyd Bridges as a man who must protect his family from the vengeful ex-convict who is stalking them.