Cannon (1971–1976)
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Nobody Beats the House 

Cannon is hired to help a man avoid paying his gambling debt with his life.


Herbert Hirschman


Meyer Dolinsky, Edward Hume (developed for television by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Tom Skerritt ... Toby Hauser
Corinne Camacho ... Cathy Hauser
John Marley ... Ben Logan
Paul Michael Glaser ... Jason Logan (as Michael Glaser)
Geoffrey Lewis ... James Bancroft
Gary Clarke ... Mel Warren
Charles Bateman ... Lt. Tarcher
Maxine Stuart ... Etta, Poker Player
James Nolan ... Mr. Wilson
Maida Severn ... Mrs. Halliburton
Gary Pagett Gary Pagett ... Poker Player
Richard DiSante Richard DiSante
Bill Brooker Bill Brooker
Jolivett Cato Jolivett Cato


Cannon is hired to help a man avoid paying his gambling debt with his life.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Ben Logan: You're still eating well, I see. Well, this is an occasion.
[offers Frank a cigar from his humidor]
Ben Logan: Let's see, how far do we go back? About twenty years. You're the first guy who busted me.
Frank Cannon: Well, I had to do something right.
Ben Logan: First and last time.
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You really have to wonder why Cannon even bothered.
29 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Nobody Beats the House" is a very weak episode of "Cannon". While it's reasonably entertaining, a lot of the show doesn't make a lot of sense. Cannon is hired by the wife of a total idiot (Tom Skerritt). It seems that her idiot husband is a compulsive gambler and the people he owes are threatening to kill him. Cannon decides the best way to handle it is to perform a 'Sting' all by himself.

This is an irritating episode because the writer didn't seem to know much about addictions and the characters behaved weirdly. Considering that Cannon is a detective and ex-cop, you'd think he wouldn't just blindly assume that his client has gotten over his addiction--but he does. And, you wouldn't think that Cannon would promise that this addict would pay back loans--but he does. And, you'd think when he has a client THIS obnoxious and unwilling to help that he'd just walk away--but he doesn't. Overall, a weak episode with an entertaining ending.

By the way, this episode features quite a few familiar faces in addition to Skerrit--John Marley, Geoffrey Lewis and Paul Michael Glaser.

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