Cannon (1971–1976)
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Bad Cats and Sudden Death 

When Deputy District Attorney Michael Arnold is accused of murdering his wife, he calls on Cannon to help him.


Philip Leacock (as Phil Leacock)


Robert Lewin, Edward Hume (developed for television by)


Episode cast overview:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Michael Tolan ... Michael Arnold
Marj Dusay ... Zunie Mitchell
James Luisi ... Sonny Burns
Severn Darden ... Sascha Dorn
Larry Linville ... Ed Barrows (as Lawrence Linville)
John Perak ... Sid Stevel
George Fisher ... Leo Stevel
Arthur Adams Arthur Adams ... Crime Scene Investigator
Bob Hoy ... Auto Shop Employee (as Robert Hoy)
Irene Gilbert Irene Gilbert ... Cafe Waitress
Donovan Jones Donovan Jones
Don Furneaux Don Furneaux
Ben Marino Ben Marino
John Gilgreen John Gilgreen ... George, Crane Operator


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When Deputy District Attorney Michael Arnold is accused of murdering his wife, he calls on Cannon to help him.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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BADCAT is the LAPD acronym for Burglary Auto Detail, Commercial Auto Thefts. See more »


About 42 minutes in when the camera is facing Zunie driving, the camera and/or microphone cable is visible draped over the back seat. See more »


Sascha Dorn: I want you to know that everything about that gentile car is strictly kosher.
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Pretty good but why did they have to make the Assistant D.A. so dumb?
13 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Bad Cats and Sudden Death" is a very good episode--and a very good start to season two of "Cannon". However, I should also point out that one of the characters, the Assistant D.A., is an idiot and his character should have been written better. However, the story is original and interesting.

The show starts off with the Assistant D.A. (Michael Tolan) going to meet an informant. However, it soon becomes obvious that this was a ruse to get him out of his house and he is soon arrested for the murder of his wife. Someone killed the woman and framed the husband--but who? Well, Cannon is the one hired to get to the bottom of this and he gets a little bit of help from the Assistant D.A.'s secretary (Marj Dusay).

There isn't much to dislike about this excellent show other than the dumb Assistant D.A.. Late in the show, he really acts stupidly and sure did a lot to make himself look guilty. Fortunately, apart from that, the show was otherwise well written and acted. Worth seeing.

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13 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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