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The Return of Frank Cannon (1980)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Mystery | TV Movie 1 November 1980
Private detective Frank Cannon comes out of retirement to investigate the murder of an ex-girlfriend's husband.


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James D. Buchanan (as James David Buchanan), Ronald Austin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Allison Argo Allison Argo ... Jessica Bingham
Burr DeBenning ... Charles Kirkland
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Garland
Diana Muldaur ... Sally Bingham
Ed Nelson ... Mike Danvers
Joanna Pettet ... Alana Richardson
William Smithers ... William Barret
Arthur Hill ... Dr. Curtis McDonald
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Pearson
Rafael Campos ... Luis Barrientos
Hector Elias ... Paparazzo
René Enríquez ... Salvador Cruz (as René Enriquez)
Gary Grubbs ... Mechanic
Evelyn Guerrero Evelyn Guerrero ... Inez


Private detective Frank Cannon comes out of retirement to investigate the murder of an ex-girlfriend's husband.

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1 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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Cannons Comeback See more »

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1.33 : 1
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You probably DON'T wanna be one of Frank Cannon's 'old friends'!
19 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When I watched this movie from the "Cannon" DVD set, I assumed that it was an attempt to restart the series...and that the network simply didn't pick up that option. It sure plays like a pilot episode...and you wonder what might have been had they decided to make another few seasons of this detective show.

This episode involves the death of a friend of Cannon's....and after watching all five seasons, I realize it was a bad thing to be one of his friends, as they often had a habit of being murdered! In this case, the ex-CIA agent's death was ruled a suicide...but this just didn't make sense. So Frank meets with his widow (with whom he used to have a relationship...long, long ago) and daughter and soon starts to realize that there is a concerted conspiracy to get him off the case...which means, obviously, that something is going on and Cannon is NOT going to be dissuaded from finding justice!

In many ways, this played exactly like an old television episode...just longer. I liked it though the plot was a bit confusing towards the end. Still, it was good enough that it left me wanting more!

By the way, if you DO watch this movie, can you explain to me why Cannon didn't hold the guy from Mel's prisoner and turn him over to the police?! This made little sense to me and if someone was trying to sabotage my car, I would have given him to the police!

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