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High-tech investigations company World Securities uses agents, called Probes, to solve various international cases, such as the retrieval of a famous diamond collection stolen by the Nazis during WW2.


(as Russell Mayberry)




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Cast overview:
Frieda Ullman
Gloria Harding
Harold L. Streeter (as Sir John Gielgud)
Dr. Edward Laurent
Kurt van Niestat
Robert Boon ...
Felix Ernst
Carlos Lobos (as A. Martinez)
Ginny Golden ...
Miss Keach


Pilot for sci-fi detective series "Search." Hugh O'Brian as Lockwood, a high-tech private eye, was outfitted with two electronic implants (one to hear what was said at HQ and a dental contact he could bite to communicate with HQ--one bite for yes and two bites for no) and a button-sized "scanner" that combined a micro-miniaturized television camera that could also see in infrared spectrum, microphone, medical sensors, and transmitter, putting him in constant contact with a room full of experts monitoring his actions and vital signs and supplying him with encyclopedic information. Burgess Meredith as Cameron, Lockwood's "head kibitzer." Story involves missing diamonds. Series plots tended to be "missing object(s) or person(s)"-type detective stories, rather than murder "whodunits" or "howcatchems." Written by James H. H. Lampert <jamesl@hb.quik.com>

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Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller





Release Date:

21 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Agent  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the movie it is explained that a famous collection of diamonds was stolen during WW2 by the Nazis, namely by Nazi leader Hermann Goering.In real life, Nazi leader Hermann Göring, was an avid collector of diamonds and other precious gems.Nazi Minister of Armaments, Albert Speer, wrote in his memoirs about Goering's habit of filing his coat's pockets with precious gems and often time running his hands through the gems. See more »


When the diamond cutter asks at the hotel desk for the room number of Harold Streeter, he is given, in German, the number 371. Later, when Hugh Lockwood calls the room of Harold Streeter, he asks for room number 397. See more »


[Cameron is discouraging Lockwood's romantic distraction after his dinner with Uli]
Heideline 'Uli' Ullman: It's later...
V.C.R. Cameron: Miss Ullman's right. Listen to her!
Heideline 'Uli' Ullman: ...and time to go to bed.
V.C.R. Cameron: Hold the remarks, everybody! Now Lockwood, you have a long flight ahead of you tomorrow. It's time to assist the young lady to the elevator.
[Lockwood offers Uli his hand]
Hugh Lockwood: May I?
Heideline 'Uli' Ullman: Mais oui!
[or "May we!"]
Dr. Griffin: If she's speaking French, the lady says "yes".
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Followed by Search (1972) See more »

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A very well done sci-fi/suspense offering

Probe, later to become the TV series "SEARCH" (72-73 on NBC) was an attempt to cash in on the publics fascination with high tech from the space program. The movie had all the pieces of a fun romp: sci-fi with the hight tech scanners and communications, intrigue with the search for the NAZI theft of the French "Entourage" diamond collection, and locations spanning from Innsbrook Austria, the Gulf coast, and New York City, though I think all of the filming was done in southern CA with the Angeles National Forest doubling as the Austrian mountains and forests. The movie was well written, acted (it was great having older, more cerebral actors on the show) and produced, and the show started out that way until I think they ran out of ideas. Having three different agents (Hugh O'Brien, Tony Franciosa, and Doug McClure) was a mistake I think as it did not allow a fan following to develop for one main character. It would be great to do the series today, but I think there would be too much of a temptation to put young pretty boys instead of older more competant (and believable) actors in the agent roles.

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