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Cannon is an American detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from 1971 to 1976. The primary protagonist is the title character, private detective Frank Cannon, played by William Conrad. He also appeared on two crossover episodes of Barnaby Jones. Cannon is the first Quinn Martin series to be aired on a network other than ABC. A "revival" television film, The Return of Frank Cannon, was aired on November 1, 1980. In total, there were 122 episodes plus the series two-hour pilot and the television film, The Return of Frank Cannon.


1 Plot 2 Cast

2.1 Guest stars

3 Production

3.1 Props

4 Episodes

4.1 Episode list 4.2 Connections to Barnaby Jones

5 Home media 6 Awards and nominations 7 In other media

7.1 Novels

8 Parodies 9 References 10 External links

Plot[edit] Frank Cannon was a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, but he retired after the deaths of his wife and son in a car accident and later became a private detective. The series begins at the point where Cannon is just beginning this new career (the pilot film picks up after Cannon has just spent 2 1/2 months overseas on an investigation). The cause of death of Cannon's wife and child was not clear through the first four seasons of the show. However, the first episode of the fifth and final season revolves around Cannon's investigation of the deaths, and he finally finds out the reason they were killed. The obese Frank Cannon had expensive tastes, especially in food and automobiles. His primary vehicle was an ice-blue 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, but over the course of the series' run, his ride would range from a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III
Lincoln Continental Mark III
to a 1976 Mark IV model. Cannon's vehicles had various color schemes; dark over light blue exteriors, with interiors ranging from red velour to dark-blue leather. Cannon's investigations were mostly for clients in the Southern California
Southern California
area, although on occasion he was called in for investigations much farther away (e.g., New Mexico
New Mexico
in the pilot). The series was notorious for its use of sound effects of tires squealing on pavement during car chases, even on dirt and unpaved roads through the desert. Cannon occasionally would get hurt (shot or beaten) and knocked unconscious (although not nearly as often as his television contemporary Joe Mannix). He carried a gun for self-defense, usually a snub-nosed .38 Special
.38 Special
revolver (which appeared to be a Colt Detective Special). Sometimes he used other guns (Including an M1911
and a B.A.R). He was known to subdue suspects with karate chops, judo holds, and occasionally he would thrust or knock down adversaries with his bulging abdomen. In the first two seasons, Cannon was a pipe smoker. In the third season, the pipe was seen occasionally; it was subsequently dropped altogether. Cast[edit]

Conrad as Frank Cannon.

Series star William Conrad
William Conrad
was nominated for an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
in both 1973 and 1974 (Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series), but Richard Thomas won for The Waltons
The Waltons
and in 1974 Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
won for Kojak. Guest stars[edit] In the first season, Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
appeared twice as ex-policeman Jerry Warton, but the character did not extend beyond the first year—in fact, in the third season, Sheen guest starred as a lawyer who murdered Cannon's client. Other guest stars included: Willie Aames, Sharon Acker, Lou Antonio, Anne Baxter, Whitney Blake, Lloyd Bochner, Sorrell Booke, Brooke Bundy, Ahna Capri, Cathy Lee Crosby, William Daniels, Burr DeBenning, Severn Darden, Micky Dolenz, Andrew Duggan, Shelley Duvall, Dana Elcar, Jason Evers, Mike Farrell, Joan Fontaine, Bert Freed, Leif Garrett, Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul, Dabbs Greer, Clu Gulager, Peter Haskell, Mark Hamill, Robert Hays, David Hedison, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Kim Hunter, David Janssen, Claudia Jennings, L. Q. Jones, Kate Keenan, Dan Kemp, Tom Kennedy, Sondra Locke, Robert Loggia, Tina Louise, Barbara Luna, George Maharis, Robert Mandan, Nora Marlowe, Vera Miles, Donna Mills, Leslie Nielsen, Nick Nolte, Sheree North, Lee Paul, Steve Pendleton, John M. Pickard, Stefanie Powers, Judson Pratt, Denver Pyle, Dack Rambo, Wayne Rogers, John Rubinstein, Roy Scheider, Tom Skerritt, Peter Strauss, Vic Tayback, Ronne Troup, Joan Van Ark, Vincent Van Patten, John Vernon, Jessica Walter, Jess Walton, Cindy Williams, William Windom, Dana Wynter, and Anthony Zerbe. Production[edit] Props[edit] In an era before cell phone use, Cannon was using a "mobile phone" in his car, which was highly rare at the time. (TV detectives Richard Diamond and Peter Gunn
Peter Gunn
each had one in the late 1950s as did Mannix and Burke's Law in the 1960s.) Cannon would begin by asking the mobile operator to dial a call for him. Phones of this type were precursors to modern cell phones. The phone prop itself, in his car, was a Motorola
brand MTS mobile phone. Cannon's pistol has been subject to discussion.[citation needed] Most agree[who?] that it is some variant of a Colt Detective Special
Colt Detective Special
in .38. At least one source[citation needed] claims the actual weapon to be a Colt Bankers Special
in .22 LR but it is generally agreed[who?] that Cannon carries a .38. Episodes[edit] Episode list[edit] Main article: List of Cannon episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[1]

First aired Last aired Rank Rating Tied with

Pilot 1 March 26, 1971 (1971-03-26) N/A N/A N/A

1 24 September 14, 1971 (1971-09-14) March 14, 1972 (1972-03-14) 28 19.8 Room 222

2 24 September 13, 1972 (1972-09-13) March 21, 1973 (1973-03-21) 14 22.4 N/A

3 25 September 12, 1973 (1973-09-12) March 20, 1974 (1974-03-20) 9 23.1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

4 24 September 11, 1974 (1974-09-11) April 2, 1975 (1975-04-02) 20 21.6 Mannix

5 25 September 10, 1975 (1975-09-10) March 3, 1976 (1976-03-03) N/A N/A N/A

TV-movie 1 November 1, 1980 (1980-11-01) N/A N/A N/A

Connections to Barnaby Jones[edit] Frank Cannon had his first meeting with Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
(Buddy Ebsen), an aging veteran private investigator who had retired and turned over his agency to his son, Hal. However, Hal is killed. With the aid of Cannon and Hal's widow, Betty Jones (Lee Meriwether), they hunt down Hal's killer. Afterward, Jones decides to come out of retirement. The premiere episode of Barnaby Jones, "Requiem for a Son" was planned as a second-season Cannon episode so that Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
could qualify as a spin-off of Cannon, but when Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
was sold as a separate series, the script was reworked into the premiere of that series. William Conrad
William Conrad
appeared as Cannon in the guise of a special guest star. There was a second "crossover" between the series. The first part of the two-part episode, "The Deadly Conspiracy", was aired as the second episode of the fifth season of Cannon on September 17, 1975; the second part aired two nights later as the fourth-season premiere of Barnaby Jones. Home media[edit] CBS
DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released the first two seasons of Cannon on DVD in Region 1. Season 3 was released on January 10, 2013, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Amazon.com.[2] On May 4, 2015, it was announced that Visual Entertainment
Visual Entertainment
had acquired the rights to the series in Region 1.[3] They subsequently released Cannon - The Complete Collection on September 2, 2015. On March 18, 2016, VEI re-released the first season on DVD and on April 1, 2016, they re-released the second season.[4] In Region 4, Shock Entertainment has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.

DVD name Ep no. Release date

Season 1, Volume 1 13 July 8, 2008

Season 1, Volume 2 13 December 2, 2008

Season 1 24 March 18, 2016

Season 2, Volume 1 12 June 2, 2009

Season 2, Volume 2 12 February 16, 2010

Season 2 24 April 1, 2016

Season 3 24 January 10, 2013

Season 4 24 N/A

Season 5 25 N/A

The Complete Series 122 September 2, 2015

Awards and nominations[edit] Cannon received three Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominations, for Outstanding Drama Series in 1973 and for William Conrad
William Conrad
as Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1973 and 1974.[5] The Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
nominated Cannon for three Golden Globe Awards, for Best Television Series - Drama in 1974 and for William Conrad
William Conrad
in 1972 and 1973 as Best Actor in a Drama Television Series.[6] In other media[edit] Novels[edit] A series of nine tie-in novels were published in the 1970s by Lancer/Magnum in the United States and Triphammer/Corgi in the United Kingdom.[7]

#1 Murder by Gemini by Richard Gallagher #2 The Stewardess Strangler by Richard Gallagher #3 The Golden Bullet by Paul Denver (pseudonym of Douglas Enefer) #4 The Deadly Chance by Paul Denver (pseudonym of Douglas Enefer) #5 I've Got You Covered by Paul Denver (pseudonym of Douglas Enefer) #6 The Falling Blonde by Paul Denver (pseudonym of Douglas Enefer) #7 It's Lonely on the Sidewalk by Paul Denver (pseudonym of Douglas Enefer) #8 Farewell, Little Sister by Douglas Enefer #9 Shoot-Out! by Douglas Enefer

Parodies[edit] In an episode of his Thames Television
Thames Television
series, British comedian Benny Hill parodied 1970s American detective series. In the skit, Hill played several staple characters of the genre: Frank Cannon, Robert Ironside, Theo Kojak, Sam McCloud (ironically, all bar the latter were airing on BBC1 at the time rather than on Hill's home of ITV) and, although he was not a part of the genre, Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. A female cast member (Jenny Lee-Wright) played the role of Pepper Anderson. The comedian Franklyn Ajaye
Franklyn Ajaye
does a routine where he mentions that it takes Frank Cannon so long to get out of his car 2-3 times a show that there is hardly time for anything else. In Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the more absurd inventions displayed by the Mad Scientists was a William Conrad
William Conrad
Refrigerator Alert; it sounds off if William Conrad
William Conrad
raids your refrigerator. Impressionist Billy Howard included Cannon as one of the detectives parodied in his novelty hit record "King of the Cops". References[edit]

^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1686-1687. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.  ^ "Cannon DVD news: Street Date for Cannon - Season 3 - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Retrieved May 2, 2016.  ^ "Cannon DVD news: DVD Plans for Cannon - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Retrieved May 2, 2016.  ^ "Cannon DVD news: Re-Release for Season 1 and Season 2 - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Retrieved May 2, 2016.  ^ "Nominations Search". Television Academy. Retrieved 2 May 2016.  ^ "Cannon". Retrieved 2 May 2016.  ^ "Cannon Novel Covers". Not The Baseball Pitcher. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

Cannon on IMDb Cannon at TV.com

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