McCloud (1970–1977)
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Encounter with Aries 

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The kidnapping of a woman who is married to a wealthy astrologer -- and the appearance of her kidnapper, who claims she is being held in a room with a ticking time bomb -- spur the woman's ... See full summary »


Russ Mayberry


Herman Miller (creator), Peter Allan Fields


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon ... Peter B. Clifford
Sebastian Cabot ... Sidney Cantrell
Peter Haskell ... Richard Stevens
Susan Strasberg ... Lorraine
Louise Latham ... Emily Cantrell
Alan Oppenheimer ... Mervin Simmons
Terry Carter ... Det. Joe Broadhurst
Robert Hogan ... Detective Finnegan
Jill Jaress ... Gloria
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Hines
Woodrow Parfrey ... Elmer
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Rafer (as Elisha Cook)
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Old Man (as Forrest-Lewis)
Fred Holliday Fred Holliday ... Intern


The kidnapping of a woman who is married to a wealthy astrologer -- and the appearance of her kidnapper, who claims she is being held in a room with a ticking time bomb -- spur the woman's husband to bash in the kidnapper's head with a vase, leaving McCloud, Clifford and Broadhurst with a limited time to determine where the woman is and who is really behind the kidnapping. Written by Peter Harris

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22 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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After Cantrell leads McCloud away from his business manager, they discuss Cantrell's pills. In the shots where they face each other, the taller McCloud looks down at Cantrell. But close-ups on McCloud show him looking up, as if facing a taller man. See more »


Peter B. Clifford: McCloud, I wonder if you can do something for me? Try not talking for a little while. You think you can handle that?
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6 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As this episode opens Chief Clifford has Marshal McCloud dealing with the nut complaints over at police headquarters. After giving some of his sage and sagebrush advice to Elisha Cook, Jr. about using wax paper to end those alien transmissions to his brain he gets involved in a real case of kidnapping.

Peter Haskell has grabbed Louise Latham the wife of celebrity astrologer Sebastian Cabot and wants some big bucks for her. If not she's all rigged up with a bomb set to detonate by 7:00 PM.

It's an interesting story which I'm not going to begin to tell because it's nicely thought out. Susan Strasberg turns out to be the key to the whole affair, she's Haskell's girlfriend.

I will say though there is a very funny scene with Dennis Weaver and Jill Jaress who plays Cabot's secretary. He manages to worm out of her information that confirms his suspicions.

He also risks the wrath of Chief Clifford in following through his theory. J.D. Cannon was never more put out in the series than he is in this episode. He's actually ready to send McCloud back to Taos.

But our Marshal as he always does gets it right.

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