McCloud (1970–1977)
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Encounter with Aries 

The kidnapping of a woman who is married to a wealthy astrologer -- and the appearance of her kidnapper, who claims she is being held in a room with a ticking time bomb -- spur the woman's ... See full summary »

Director:

Russ Mayberry

Writers:

Herman Miller (creator), Peter Allan Fields
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Sebastian Cabot ... Sidney Cantrell
Peter Haskell ... Richard Stevens
Susan Strasberg ... Lorraine
Louise Latham ... Emily Cantrell
Alan Oppenheimer ... Mervin Simmons
Terry Carter ... Det. Joe Broadhurst
Robert Hogan ... Detective Finnegan
Jill Jaress ... Gloria
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Hines
Woodrow Parfrey ... Elmer
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Rafer (as Elisha Cook)
Forrest Lewis ... Old Man (as Forrest-Lewis)
Fred Holliday Fred Holliday ... Intern
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Storyline

The kidnapping of a woman who is married to a wealthy astrologer -- and the appearance of her kidnapper, who claims she is being held in a room with a ticking time bomb -- spur the woman's husband to bash in the kidnapper's head with a vase, leaving McCloud, Clifford and Broadhurst with a limited time to determine where the woman is and who is really behind the kidnapping. Written by Peter Harris

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

After McCloud leaves the room to get Mr. Cantrell's mints, Cantrell looks over at Stevens. Stevens' reaction shot is printed backwards. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Rafer [Diller in credits]: I'll tell you, sir, if they don't stop shooting those alien gamma rays into my head, I could be seriously disturbed, injured. I need help, sir.
Sam McCloud: Yeah... yeah, protection against, eh... gamma rays. Now I... You, you need help all right, you do indeed.
Mr. Rafer [Diller in credits]: My head's glowing, you know.
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It's hard to imagine that Cantrell didn't see it coming!
18 February 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with Mrs. Cantrell being kidnapped. Oddly, the kidnapper leaves folks who can identify him as can Mrs. Cantrell. But it gets weirder...instead of killing her, he drugs her and leaves a bomb to blow her up! But it gets even weirder...he then shows up at the Cantrell house and introduces himself as the kidnapper!! And, he'll blow her up unless he receives $250,000! And, it gets even weirder...Mr. Cantrell attacks him and the kidnapper might not survive...and this guarantees the wife's death! All this is strange, at Cantrell is a noted psychic....shouldn't he have seen all this coming in the first place? Or...did he?

To say that this is a contrived episode of "McCloud" is an understatement. While the show is interesting, it's completely ridiculous in many ways and hardly is believable. What's also unbelievable is the way McCloud illegally gathers evidence....and the NYPD seems okay with that. Overall, a poorly written episode that strains credibility to the breaking point.


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