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Amos Burke was a Los Angeles chief of detectives who was also a millionaire with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion, and a high-wheeling lifestyle. This series was noted for its glamorous, sophisticatedy settings, unusual twists on formula homicide plots, and big-name guest stars. After a couple of seasons, its format was radically revamped. Burke left the police force and became an agent for US intelligence, and, the show's name changed; Amos Burke; Secret Agent. Burke's adventures were briefly revived in 1994, under the original title.Written by
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In the opening credits, the title of the show was always announced by the voice of a woman saying, VERY seductively, "Burke's Law". See more »
Some "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" syndication prints retain that title sequence, but with the title changed to "Burke's Law" and a male announcer speaking the title (as with the original "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" episodes). See more »
I actually laugh out loud watching this tongue-in-cheek cop show. It never took itself seriously and the guest stars loved hamming it up. A long list of Silver Age screen stars and future T.V. stars kept things moving at a brisk pace. Many you'll recognize just before they became TV', most famous stars. William Shatner, Elizabeth Montgomery, and many others. It even took pot-shots at it's own formula. For example in one episode the culprit makes a dash for the stairs to escape and is admonished by Amos Burke as 'Not that old cliché" or lines like "You've been watching too many cop shows on TV." A revival was attempted in 1984 but didn't hit all the right notes. Sexist by today's standards in the way Burke treated his lady friends, but it was a product of it's time. But of course if Burke ever became serious that would take away from his duties which Burke took very seriously. They couldn't make the show today without taking away it's dated charm. Don't forget Captain Amos Burke (Gene Barry) could SING too.
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