McCloud (1970–1977)
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The Colorado Cattle Caper 

When a shipper of contaminated stolen beef kills a USDA inspector and flees to Colorado and his employers, McCloud tracks him down, only to run smack into a dumb-but-ambitious sheriff (... See full summary »


Robert Day


Herman Miller (creator), Michael Gleason


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Terry Carter ... Sergeant Joe Broadhurst
John Denver ... Deputy Dewey Cobb
Ed Ames ... Abel Hollister
Robert Sampson ... Clay Jordan
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Floyd Bevins
Patrick Wayne ... Deputy Morris Knowles
Vic Tayback ... Carlo Banducci
John Milford ... Ben Willis
Farrah Fawcett ... Gloria Jean
Austin Stoker ... Gene Pearson
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Lester Neal (as Erick Holland)
Ronda Copland Ronda Copland ... Luann
Conrad E. Palmisano ... Chet (as Conrad Palmisano)


When a shipper of contaminated stolen beef kills a USDA inspector and flees to Colorado and his employers, McCloud tracks him down, only to run smack into a dumb-but-ambitious sheriff (Claude Akins' prototype for Elroy P. Lobo) and his smart-but-wimpy deputy. Features McCloud's leap from a running horse to tackle a rustler from his dirt bike and roll down a hill punching him out. Written by Peter Harris

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Release Date:

24 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest Star Claude Akins also appeared with Dennis Weaver in five episodes of Gunsmoke (1955) and in A Man Called Sledge (1970) See more »


The sign entering Twin Forks, Colorado states that the elevation is 1360 feet. The lowest point in Colorado is in fact 3315 feet in elevation at the Kansas border. See more »


Sam McCloud: Ya know, when the hound is chasin' the rabbits, the fox has the run o' the woods.
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Referenced in McCloud: Lady on the Run (1975) See more »


Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado
Performed by John Denver
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Politics being what it is and what with the high price of beef............
13 May 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This particular McCloud story had a large guest star cast in a case where McCloud is sent on an extradition assignment to a small Colorado county where Sheriff Claude Akins is holding a suspect that the NYPD and Marshal Sam McCloud says murdered someone, in particular a US Department of Agriculture meat inspector.

But Akins has in own agenda going. The perpetrator is connected to a cattle rustling ring that is robbing the ranchers blind in the area. And Akins wants the voters to see he's on the job because as sheriff he's an elected official.

So after the prisoner is busted loose Akins has McCloud thrown in jail on some flimsy pretext. Of course that doesn't help J.D. Cannon's ulcer one bit. But McCloud manages to get himself an ally in Akins's deputy John Denver. They get to the bottom of things.

The guest stars are really loaded into this story. Among others are Vic Tayback, Patrick Wayne, Ed Ames and Farrah Fawcett before she became a star with Charlie's Angels. Farrah and Ronda Copland play a couple of bar girls looking to part McCloud and John Denver with their money as they go undercover as a pair looking to join the rustling business.

This was an enjoyable story made enjoyable by a great cast of seasoned professionals.

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