Cannon (1971–1976)
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Country Blues 

When a beloved country singer is killed in a suspicious plane crash, an insurance company hires Cannon to investigate.


Allen Reisner


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Clu Gulager ... B.J. Long
Diane Varsi ... Mrs. Long
Joan Van Ark ... Francine Dexter
David Huddleston ... Jimmy Winters
Ford Rainey ... Farmer
Robert Hogan ... Pete Schroeder
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Harm (as Richard Peabody)
James Gammon ... Lt. Keely
Sam Edwards ... Airport Manager
Mark Hamill ... Farm Boy
Tony Colti ... Woody
Susan Quick Susan Quick ... Counter Girl
Irvin Mosley Jr. Irvin Mosley Jr. ... Porter (as Irvin Mosley)


When a beloved country singer is killed in a suspicious plane crash, an insurance company hires Cannon to investigate.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Instrumental portions of the refrain from John Denver's 1971 song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" are heard during this episode. See more »

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Decent...and you get to see Joan Van Ark!
30 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Country Blues" is an interesting episode of "Cannon"--plus you get to see a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill as well as Joan Van Ark (don't tell my wife about this part--she'll be jealous).

The show begins with a country music star getting on a small plane for some trip (pay attention to his car--it is SOMETHING!). Soon, you see the plan careen out of control and it crashes--killing the star and severely injuring the pilot. When Cannon is sent to investigate, he finds two odd things--there was only one parachute AND the cords to it had all been cut! Obviously, this was no accident. But who would want to kill the musician....or, possibly, there was some other reason for the accident.

This is a pretty good episode of this detective series. While the plot became a bit complicated, I liked the story and thought it was a pretty good story overall. Not great, but very good.

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