Cannon (1971–1976)
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The Shadow Man 

Cannon is hired by the wife of a hotel developer after he falls off a cliff and, while she goes for help, disappears.


Robert Douglas


Robert Lewin, Edward Hume (developed for television by)


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Episode cast overview:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Lois Nettleton ... Linda Dean
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Ethan Kehoe
Bert Freed ... Lt. Asher
Jared Martin ... Joe Asher
Scott Walker ... Wallace (William) Spear
Richard Eastham ... Lucas Whipple
William Joyce ... Roger Dean (as Bill Joyce)
Walker Edmiston ... Peter High
Dick Dinman ... Airline Clerk
Paul Hahn Paul Hahn
Bard Stevens Bard Stevens
Kevin Dobson ... Hotel Security Guard (as Keven Dobson)


Cannon is hired by the wife of a hotel developer after he falls off a cliff and, while she goes for help, disappears.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

22 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Frank Cannon: Y'know, there seem to be a lot of things you don't want to face that are unpleasant, Mrs. Dean. For instance, the possibility that your husband is on the run from some kind of trouble.
Linda Dean: What kind of trouble could he possibly be running from?
Frank Cannon: Well, I can answer that when I find out why he went into the wilderness with $350,000 in his pocket.
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Decent, though that wife really annoyed me.
20 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Lois Nettleton plays a scared and confused wife. When her husband apparently falls from a cliff and is injured, she runs for help. However, the husband's body isn't there--and no one can find him or even prove he was there in the first place. So she hires Frank Cannon to find him. The problem is, she is talks over the details with him, it's obvious she's not being forthright about her husband. In fact, through the first half of the episode, she was a horrible client and in real life I wonder if any private detective would work with someone like this--a possible weak point in the story. In the end, it turns out that there is a conspiracy afoot--a very elaborate one and one in which the wife is NOT involved--though it sure looks that way. In fact, the real guilty party does a lot to get her convicted of a crime. What the crime is, how Cannon solves this and how a Rich Little-like impressionist is a key to solving the case--all this you'll need to see for yourself in this interesting episode. Worth seeing, though having Nettleton act so guilty at the beginning never really made much sense and should have been re-written.

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