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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. The hallmarks of this series were ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Gene Barry ...  Capt. Amos Burke / ... 81 episodes, 1963-1966
Gary Conway ...  Det. Tim Tilson 64 episodes, 1963-1965
Regis Toomey ...  Det. Les Hart 64 episodes, 1963-1965
Leon Lontoc ...  Henry 64 episodes, 1963-1965
Eileen O'Neill ...  Sergeant Ames / ... 33 episodes, 1963-1965
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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. The hallmarks of this series were glamorous, sophisticated settings, unusual twists on formula homicide plotlines, 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. At that point, the show's name changed to "Amos Burke--Secret Agent". Burke's adventures were briefly revived in 1994, under the original title. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Amos Burke, Secret Agent See more »

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(81 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Amos Burke became a slightly different character in this series from the fellow he had been in "Who Killed Julie Greer", the opening episode of "The Dick Powell Show" from which this was spun off. Dick Powell, who had originally played him, died a few months before the series began to air, and Gene Barry, his replacement in the part, was some fifteen years younger. The character became much suaver, with emphasis on his designer clothes, his upper-crust social status and his playboy life-style. Also, Burke had now received a promotion in his police career, becoming a captain instead of an inspector. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Burke's Law
18 July 2012 | by Hotwok2013See all my reviews

I have just purchased the complete first season DVD of "Burke's Law". It was so good that I immediately wanted to get the second season only to find it is not yet available. Produced in 1963/4 by the highly creative Aaron Spelling, So far as memory serves me it has never aired in the UK & certainly not since colour TV was developed in the late 1960's. An old-fashioned murder mystery series of the "whodunit" variety, it boasts a tremendous cast list & is exceptionally entertaining. Suave & debonair, cool-as-a-cucumber Gene Barry is great in the title role. Having now sat through and watched every season 1 episode it seems that Mr. Spelling believed in making a show as glamorous as possible in both locations & women. When off duty, usually at the start or finish of an episode, Amos Burke (Mr. Barry) gets to kiss some of the most gorgeous ladies in Hollywood at that time. Young starlet Mary Ann Mobley (who had one of the loveliest faces I ever saw in my life), Elizabeth Macrae, Debra Paget, Janice Rule, Francine York, Charlene Holt, Elizabeth Allen & Elaine Stewart. He never got to kiss Tina Louise (aw shucks, ain't life a bitch?.) Anyway, nice work if you can get it. To whom it may concern, PLEASE make seasons 2 & 3 available!.


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