Cannon (1971–1976)
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Death Chain 

Hired to investigate a bank secretary's murder, Cannon unearths a scheme involving blackmail and robbery.


Jerry Jameson


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
William Windom ... Harry Kendrix
Sorrell Booke ... Leon
Stewart Moss ... Don Woodward
Don Gordon ... Joe
June Dayton ... Susan Kendrix
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Sgt. Jack Rissmiller
Judith McConnell ... Sylvia Woodward (as Judy McConnell)
Ed Hall Ed Hall ... Detective
John Kroger John Kroger
Elaine Princi Elaine Princi ... Bank Secretary
Ron McIver Ron McIver
David Thorpe David Thorpe
Glenn Eckenroth Glenn Eckenroth ... (as Glen Eckenroth)


Hired to investigate a bank secretary's murder, Cannon unearths a scheme involving blackmail and robbery.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Instead of the usual prop beers Cannon and Kendrix drink Budweisers with the bottom halves of the labels obscured by tape because of licensing issues. See more »


In the final scene when Cannon talks to the bank manager, the bank manager's hair changes in a series of four shots. In close shots, his hair is neatly combed, but in the intervening long shots his hair is unkempt. See more »


Sgt. Jack Rissmiller: You got a habit of getting places before the police, Cannon.
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Decent but not a must-see.
29 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Death Chain" begins with a violent murder as some guy (Don Gordon) deliberately runs over a young lady. Next, the lady's boss (William Windom) hires Cannon to get to the bottom of the killing. But the boss' interest is far more than that of an employer--the lady was also his mistress and this is why he didn't go to the police, as he's afraid his wife will learn of his infidelities. As to why the woman was killed, it turns out that she was part of a robbery--and greed pushed the various participants to try to take ALL the loot for themselves.

This episode of "Cannon" is pretty good. I have noticed in the pilot and two episodes I've just watched that this rotund detective does a lot more brawling than I might have expected and in the end, it all boils down to Cannon crushing the wind out of the killer. Along the way, the show is exciting and well done. Not a great show but a very good one.

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