Two honorable men-for-hire look for adventure in the pre-World War I American southwest in their fancy Stutz Bearcat.

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Douglas Heyes
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Rod Taylor ...  Hank Brackett 14 episodes, 1971
Dennis Cole ...  Johnny Reach 14 episodes, 1971
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Mercenaries Johnny Reach and Hank Brackett cruise the American Southwest in 1914 in their Stutz Bearcat in search of action and adventure. They often take dangerous assignments for pay; their fee is usually a blank check, and after the mission, they just fill in whatever amount they think the job was worth. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Hollywood car builder/customizer George Barris made two replica 1914 Bearcats for the series. A period TV Guide article said they cost $25,000 for the pair, this at a time when a new Corvette was about $5,000. The cars were full scale metal bodied replicas mounted on custom frames and powered by Ford engines and transmissions (out of (then) late model pickups. For safety they featured four wheel brakes, which were not on a genuine Bearcat. The brass radiator is interchangeable with a genuine Stutz unit. See more »

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Follows Bearcats!: Powderkeg (1971) See more »

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Another one for the "Brilliant but Cancelled" file
22 January 2017 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

In April, 1971, after ten years away from the small screen, Rod Taylor made another attempt to gain a permanent spot on television with the nostalgic CBS series " Bearcats !". With the story unfolding in America's dusty Southwest in 1914, it featured Taylor and Dennis Cole as characters Hank Brackett and Johnny Reach respectively, a pair of trouble shooters for hire. Loaded with period charm, the show took its name from the majestic and sporty roadster in which Reach and Brackett went about their business - a yellow Stutz Bearcat.

As with Taylor's previous series, "Hong Kong", the venture faced stiff competition when it was programmed up against NBC's well established "Flip Wilson Show" and it lasted only thirteen weeks.

"Bearcats" ! was a breezy, action - packed and entertaining production based around a novel idea which featured two excellent stars who had an engaging and believable on screen rapport. Sadly, however, the show is now remembered as being yet another of those noble efforts that fell between the cracks and ended up in the "Brilliant but Cancelled" category of television history.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos contra el mundo See more »

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Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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(pilot episode) | (13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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4:3
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