Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas can be seedy or glamorous, depending upon the point of view. This show is also notable for perhaps the ...
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A criminal just as he is leaving the courthouse with his lawyer, after beating another rap, is shot by a man driving a car like Dan's and dressed like Dan. Dan is brought in and he can't account for ...
At the insistence of worried parents, Dan teams up with a beautiful psychic, Cynthia Jennnings (Cristina Ferrare) to find their kidnapped daughter (Karlene Crockett). Ransom is 2 million in diamonds....
Follows Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate.
A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.
Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.
Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas can be seedy or glamorous, depending upon the point of view. This show is also notable for perhaps the only known portrayal of a house with a "drive-in" living room.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Michael Mann ("Miami Vice") should have produced this show
Michael Mann created a superb set-up for a private detective show with "Vegas", but Aaron Spelling and company didn't rise to the challenge. If Spelling had hired Mann to produce the show as well as create it, the result might have been greatness.
My choice for Dan Tanna would have been Sam Elliott, who started to get really interesting with "Lifeguard" and keeps getting better as he ages. (To me its a crime neither Sam Elliott or Brian Dennehy ever had a great series role. They were both made for series hero brilliance.) If Sam Elliott wasn't available, I would have looked at Roy Thinnes or Michael Parks.
Casino owner Philip Roth was just as interesting a character as Dan Tanna, maybe more interesting. The character reminded me a little of Blake Edwards' great Mr. Lucky, or his earlier incarnation Willie Dante. I would have had half the shows center on Philip Roth. My choice for Philip Roth would have been Frank Langella. If not Langella, maybe the extremely underrated John Saxon, who also got more interesting as he aged.
My choice for Dan Tanna's ex-show girl secretary would have been the great Sheree North, who improved anything she was in. If not Sheree, the lovely Julie Adams.
For Dan Tanna's friend on the force, I would have tried for Salome Jens or Colleen Dewhurst.
For Binzer, Dan's comic friend, I would have tried to get Cliff Gorman to do a variation on his brilliant Tony award winning Lenny Bruce performance. Or maybe Shelly Berman would have been even better.
My cast might have cost too much money, but I bet Michael Mann could have gotten most of them.
Mann would have also given the show a great noirish visual look, like he did with "Miami Vice" and "Crime Story". And he would have given it better music.
To me, "Vegas" was a big missed opportunity.
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