Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
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Frank Sinatra, in his last major acting role (he planned to appear on "Magnum, P.I." again the following season, but Tom Selleck's scheduling conflicts forced the producers to cut back the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan J. Levi

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Glen A. Larson (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Magnum
John Hillerman ... Higgins
Roger E. Mosley ... Theodore 'TC' Calvin
Larry Manetti ... Orville 'Rick' Wright
Joe Santos ... Police Lieutenant Nolan Page
Kevyn Major Howard ... Kenneth Geiger
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Clayton
Jack Kruschen ... Doheny's partner & speaker at the retirement
Joan McMurtrey ... Marian Doheny O'Hara
Frank Sinatra ... Retired Police Sergeant Michael Doheny
Kristin Brick Kristin Brick ... Laura
Branscombe Richmond ... Smitty
Al Waterson Al Waterson ... Police Officer
Kathy Brock Kathy Brock ... Moped Driver (as Kathryn Brock)
Terry Avakian Terry Avakian ... Heckler

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Frank Sinatra, in his last major acting role (he planned to appear on "Magnum, P.I." again the following season, but Tom Selleck's scheduling conflicts forced the producers to cut back the episodes and Sinatra's turn never came) casts him as a retired New York cop who learns that his beloved granddaughter was kidnapped and murdered by incredibly vicious sexual predators during his retirement celebration. Sgt. Doheny eventually tracks the two killers to Hawaii and enlists Magnum's help without telling him why he wants to find the men. One of the killers flees Doheny and is run over by a bus. In a quiet, intense way, Doheny describes the killing to Magnum and makes it perfectly clear that he will kill the other murderer if he finds him, no matter what the circumstances. Magnum goes along hoping to find the killer first and spare Doheny from a murder rap. Written by Peter Harris

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Trivia

Frank Sinatra's final "full character" acting project. He had a cameo, as himself, on Who's the Boss? (1984) the following year. See more »

Goofs

The photo and small video clip of the little girl on the swing in New York City includes tropical vegetation not found in New York parks. See more »

Quotes

Retired Police Sergeant Michael Doheny: She was my granddaughter! You slimy bastard. You beat her face to a pulp. You broke her body down to nothin' and then you threw her in an alley to die. And I'm gonna do the same thing to you.
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Soundtracks

Tonight Tonight Tonight
Written by Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford (as Michael Rutherford)
Performed by Genesis
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Hey...that's Frank Sinatra!
17 August 2019 | by grantssSee all my reviews

A Magnum P.I. episode only notable for one thing: the guest appearance of Frank Sinatra. Sinatra plays a retired cop who's out to find and take vengeance upon the murderer of his granddaughter. Other than that it's pretty much a standard Magnum P.I. episode.

The problem is that Sinatra more detracts than adds to the quality of the episode. Not that his performance is bad: it's okay, though not brilliant. The problems are Sinatra's age and his presence.

Sinatra was 71 years old at the time the episode was shot, and looked it. Yet there he is, being the tough guy, beating up bad guys. It just seemed so implausible.

The fact that a part was played by the great Frank Sinatra, a colossus in the entertainment industry, was a major distraction. Every scene he was in I kept thinking "Show some respect, that's Frank Sinatra!". I could never get into his character, or even think of him as his character, such was the mental block.

Otherwise, the episode is good, though not brilliant.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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