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McNaughton's Daughter 

A female district attorney is assigned to prosecute a respected religious leader who is accused of murdering her young lover.






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Series cast summary:
Susan Clark ...  Laurel McNaughton 4 episodes, 1976
Ricardo Montalban ...  Charles Quintero / ... 4 episodes, 1976
John Elerick John Elerick ...  Ed Hughes 3 episodes, 1976
James T. Callahan ...  Lew Farragut 2 episodes, 1976


A female district attorney is assigned to prosecute a respected religious leader who is accused of murdering her young lover.

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4 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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Try to Catch a Saint See more »

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(3 episodes)

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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A '70s Mother Theresa is accused of murder
2 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This was, I guess, a pilot for a series called "McNaughton's Daughter" that didn't make it. Susan Clark plays an assistant district attorney who is, as the title suggests, the daughter of a prominent (defense) lawyer. She is assigned the case of a Mother Theresa type who raises money for the poor in Africa, and in fact, has adopted a child from there, Aprile. However, this sainted woman is now accused of murdering someone in her organization. Clark does not believe a jury will convict.

The plot centers around two strong women, Clark and the icon, well played by Vera Miles. Clark is attempting to live her own life, which draws some disapproval: she has a live-in boyfriend, Bohemian friends, and she's on the side of the prosecution. Miles may be a saint, or she may be a fraud and a murderer.

It's an interesting story, with nice appearances by Ralph Bellamy, Ricardo Montalban, and Louise Latham. There were many such shows bouncing around in the '70s; I suppose that's why this one didn't take off. But Clark is an excellent actress and this pilot certainly had the benefit of a good script and a strong cast.

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