Ex-cop Frank McBride (Eddie Albert) and ex-con Pete Ryan (Robert Wagner) start their own detective agency.

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Glen A. Larson
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Wagner ...  Pete T. Ryan 71 episodes, 1975-1978
Eddie Albert ...  Frank MacBride 71 episodes, 1975-1978
Charlie Callas ...  Malcolm Argos 71 episodes, 1975-1978
Sharon Gless ...  Maggie Philbin 71 episodes, 1975-1978
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Storyline

Former bunco Detective Frank MacBride (Eddie Albert) joins forces with a con artist he once sent to jail, Pete Ryan (Robert Wagner), to operate their own private detective agency. Most of their cases involve running cons on the bad guys in order to trick them into surrendering or revealing the whereabouts of the stolen loot, jewels, et cetera. Maggie Philbin (Sharon Gless) was their cute receptionist, and wacky restaurateur Malcolm Argos (Charlie Callas), whose mastery of disguise often came in handy in helping MacBride and Ryan on their cases, provided the comic relief. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert as an ex-con and an ex-cop who join forces to form a highly unorthodox, highly entertaining team of private investigators. (season 1) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Vegas Roundabout See more »

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Runtime:

(70 episodes) | (pilot)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of Frank MacBride's retirement from the police squad, Pete Ryan was later released, and it was their call to become partners of their own agency. See more »

Quotes

Miss Lydell: I don't know much about your background.
Frank MacBride: Well, I was a cop and...
Peterson T. 'Pete' Ryan: I wasn't.
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Connections

Followed by Switch: Las Vegas Roundabout (1975) See more »

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Can you play the big con forever
31 January 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This is another CBS series which started very strong. A lot of that was the cast. Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert & Sharon Gless are three extreme talents put together on this series. They were what held the later shows together.

The first scripts of this show were extremely intelligent. Wagner playing off Albert & Gless trying to stop the 2 of them from going at each others throats was very effective. The friction gave this show a strong start. The early shows had something special. Charlie Callas helped the early shows too but he strangely stopped appearing after the second season.

Later on in the series, a report about excessive violence on TV came out & CBS reacted by watering down the quality of the action & the parks between Wagner & Albert. Once this happened, the show abruptly lost ratings & got canceled. This was a very good series originally, but if you watch the first shows & then watch the last ones, you will see what I mean about the change.


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