Switch (1975–1978)
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Las Vegas Roundabout 

An ex-con and a retired cop, partners in a private investigation agency, try to prove that a safecracker has been framed for a diamond robbery.

Directors:

Robert Day, Allen Baron (uncredited)

Writer:

Glen A. Larson
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Frank MacBride
Robert Wagner ... Pete T. Ryan
Charles Durning ... Lt. Phil Beckman
Sharon Gless ... Maggie Philbin
Ken Swofford ... Captain Griffin
Charlie Callas ... Malcolm Argos
Jaclyn Smith ... Ally McGuinness
Robert Sampson ... Mort Slaughter
Marc Lawrence ... Franks
Greg Mullavey ... Chuck Powell
Roger E. Mosley ... Walter
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Murray Franklin
Val Bisoglio ... Curry
Ken Lynch ... Stoker
Anne Schedeen ... Lisa
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Frank MacBride and Pete Ryan are private investigators who were on opposite sides of the law. Frank was a cop and Pete is a con man Frank pursued and eventually arrested. They are hired by a lawyer to help him prove his client who's a convicted safe cracker, didn't rob a safe. The damning piece of evidence is that some of the items that were stolen were found in his car. Frank and Pete try to find out who the actual thief by approaching a fence and he tells them a cop, the one who arrested the safe cracker, is the one who robbed the safe and planted the evidence in his car. But despite all this, Frank says they don't have enough to clear the man. So he thinks they should try and get him to steal again. They learn he likes to gamble so that's how they plan to get him. But Pete is worried he might get wise to them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Frank MacBride: This, this whole thing. The the kids, the distraught young wife. One gigantic sympathy plea. Do you ever stop being a con man?
Pete T. Ryan: Do you ever stop being a cop?
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Connections

Follows Switch (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Know How to Love Him
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
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Instrumental background music in restaurant
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Not as inventive as I had hoped
1 July 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

A reformed safe cracker is framed for a diamond heist he had nothing to do with. His lawyer suggests hiring a couple of private detective with some unique abilities - Frank MacBride (Eddie Albert), a recently retired policeman, and Pete Ryan (Robert Wagner), a reformed conman himself. The detective quickly identify the real criminal, but he's also a cop. The pair decide to run a con on their target to get him. Their hoping they can force the bad cop to commit another robbery. Will it work?

Being in something of a "show hole", I decided to give Switch a try. I vaguely remember the show from it's original airing, but can't remember much about it. The premise sounded good and I've always been a fan of both Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner. Seemed like a sure-fired winner.

Unfortunately, the pilot, Las Vegas Roundabout, wasn't as good as I had hoped. In fact, some of it was boring. The problem is that the con the guys come up with isn't very clever. It's fairly standard and predictable. At least of third of the episode is spent in Vegas. Why? Well, I suppose it sounded sexy or exotic, but it ended up being unnecessary and a waste of time. Nothing that happened in Vegas had much of a bearing on the final outcome. So, unoriginal, too long, and dull in places. Not a great way to get a series started. Don't misunderstand, it's not horrible. My 5/10 means it's an average piece of entertainment. I was just hoping more from the pilot to draw me in. Sill, I will most likely watch a couple more episodes before I throw in the towel altogether.

One bit I really enjoyed was seeing a pre-Charlie's Angels Jaclyn Smith. Always a welcome sight.


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