Created by Michael Mann
Music by Domenic Frontiere
Pilot Movie:  4/25/1978  Series: 9/20/1978 -- 5/27/1981

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Updated: 09/30/01 by daklar

Cast:  (Identified on each episode by initial)
Dan Tanna.............................Robert Urich
Philip "Slick" Roth...................Tony Curtis
Bea Travis............................Phyllis Davis
Binzer..............................Bart Braverman
Angie Turner..........................Judy Landers
Sgt.Belle Archer......................Naomi Stevens
Lt. Dave Nelson.......................Greg Morris
Harlon Two-leaf........................Will Sampson
 
Note:  RU appears in all.

Number of Episodes

1 90-Minute pilot
64 one hour segments
2 two hour segments

 

PILOT:  VEGA$                                      90 minutes  4/25/78
 
A couple asks Dan to find their missing daughter.  They are not entirely truthful as later events prove. 
Red Buttons has a way with jackpots. (Not syndicated with the rest of the series.)
w. Michael Mann                       d. Richard Lang
 
Cast: GM BB PD JL NS TC
     Chick Vennera.........................Mitch Costigan
     Michael Lerner.........................Nate Stephanson
     Elissa Leeds............................Marilyn
     June Allyson...........................Mother of girl
     Red Buttons............................Tommy Cirko
     Edd Byrnes.............................Crystal
     Scatman Crothers....................Rosey
     Jack Kelly...............................Stepfather of girl
     Johnnie Collins, III..................Larry, Larry Johnson
     Ned Glass...............................Charlie
     John Quade............................Masseur
     Jeannie Wilson........................Lucille
     Diane Parkinson........................Charlene
     Al Scaglione............................Pit Boss
   
1st Season:

1.  CENTERFOLD                                            9/20/78                        PICTURE
 

Dan Tanna delightedly accepts a new assignment - lovely fashion model Shawn Adams.  Not quite so eagerly he agrees to search for a lion stolen from a circus.  Shawn's sleazy agent Nat Finer arranges for her to meet crooks Hayden and Fuller in connection with a business deal.  She is drugged, stripped, and photographed in porno poses.  The photos begin appearing at her door.  Nat's corpse is then found in an alley.  The blackmailers offer Shawn a five-year management contract.  Two-leaf, who has been looking after Shawn, reports via the CB that she has slipped out to pay the blackmailers and he is tailing her car.  Tanna, meanwhile, has been cruising with a new passenger.  He has just picked up Lucille the lion, who had been repossessed by a meat company because of an unpaid food bill.  Two-leaf and Dan take down Hayden and Fuller.
w.  Burton Armus                 d. Harry Falk
 
Cast: BB PD JL TC NS
     Cristina Ferrare.................Shawn Adams
     John Ericson.....................Mr. Smith
     Richard Roat.....................Smith's assistant
     Dane Clark (special).............Nat Finer
     Abe Vigoda (special).............Max, the cook
     Morey Amsterdam..................Izzy, lion owner
     Vic Tayback......................Bruno, butcher

 

2.  THE GAMES GIRLS PLAY                                  9/27/78
 
Highly respected Senator William Mitchell is photographed in a suggestive pose with two classy girls.  The photographer is also a lady.  The hypocritical Senator explains to a skeptical Dan Tanna that these were "legitimate" ladies but important legislation (an anti-pornography bill) will be jeopardized if the incident is publicized.  He wants the negatives.  Linda Stockwood (the photographer) and her two girlfriends, Helen Martin and Doris Howard, are followed by a hood, Jason.  He attacks Linda in her room but is frightened away leaving Linda glad her money was all he got.  The Senator sees Linda's picture in the paper and tells Dan that she is the woman who photographed him.  Dan later discovers that the three women are wealthy, married women from Beverly Hills.  It doesn't make sense even when he finds the Senator's photos in Linda's room.  Linda tells Dan later that the three of them got involved in these capers from pure boredom.  Leaving the club wearing Linda's coat, Helen is run down by Jason.  A short time later, Jason receives a call telling him he got the wrong woman.  The three husbands arrive at the hospital where Helen is still unconscious.  Dan has Bella check on the men and she finds out that Jonathan Stockwood is in deep financial trouble.  Jonathan calls Linda and tells her to bring Dan to a nearby construction site where he attempts to kill them both.  Later, Dan learns that Jonathan is after Linda's inheritance.  Jonathan's plans are foiled and he winds up in the Caesars Palace Hotel fountain.
w. Fred Frieberger               d. Sutton Roley
 
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
     Don Porter........................Senator William Mitchell
     Shelley Farbares..................Linda Stockwood
     Ed Nelson (special)...............Jonathan Stockwood
     Linda Thompson....................Helen Martin
     Alex Trebeck......................Arthur Martin
     Tiffany Bolling...................Doris Howard
     Troy Donahue......................Teddy Howard
     Skip Homeier......................Jason the Hitman
     John Carradine (cameo)............Mr. Goody
     George Jessel (cameo).............Eulogist at Funeral

 

3.  MOTHER MISHKIN                                       10/11/78
 
Binzer, assigned to a car repossession, is experiencing utter frustration at the hands of cool dude Freddie Tibbs.  Dan is called to aid lovable Yiddish type Mother Mishkin.  Mother, who is fighting for a refund from a land shark Bwana Worthmeyer, has been terrorized by wild animals.  Mother is pursued by two toughs with tarantulas, who follow her to the ranch of Dan's Indian friend Elijah Two-Leaf.  Omar and Gaylord, when captured, implicate Worthmeyer's secretary.  Worthmeyer admits to some harassment, but does not know the two men.  Tanna, after learning that Lillian has bailed out Omar and Gaylord, rushes to her address.  Distraught by a newspaper report of her daughter's impending marriage, former hooker Lillian seeks to destroy Mother for persuading her to give up her illegitimate baby.  Mother, a former Madame, convinces her it was for the child's own good.  Dan, meanwhile, has to contend with Omar and Gaylord.
w.  Ron Friedman                  d. Bernard McEveety
 
Cast:  BB PD NS JL TC
     Anne Francis.....................Lillian Ross
     Molly Picon......................Mother Mishkin
     Antonio Fargas................."Fast Freddie" Tibbs
     John Durren......................Omar
     Rex Holman.......................Gaylord
     Joe Capp.........................Elijah Two-Leaf
     Sid Caesar.......................The General
     Ross Martin (special).........Werner Worthmeyer
     Richard Changey...................Sorti
     Taaffe O'Connell.................M.J. Shultz

 

4.  LOVE, LAUGH OR DIE                                   10/18/78
 
While Binzer is busy staking out ladies rooms in search of a pair of beautiful twins, Dan takes on a puzzling murder case.  Re-formed call girl Lexy Gardner has left a frantic message on Tanna's answering machine just before being killed.  Her boyfriend Brad Thomas, a writer, decks Dan with a right hook for not being available in the girl's time of need.  Lexy's mother reminisces about the fresh-faced kid who failed as a singer and writer and ended up as a burned-out veteran of the Strip at age thirty.  Suspicions turns to three of Lexy's old loves.  Clean-cut singer Eddie Banning is a obsessive impregnator of adolescent girls.  Tennis hero Lou Spitz is a former opium smuggler and the father of an underworld don's child.  Construction magnate William Virgil has caused twelve deaths by violations of the building code.  A typewriter and papers found at Lexy's apartment puts Dan on the trail of an unpublished manuscript she has filed with the Library of Congress.  The thinly-disguised novel tells all.  At a construction site where Dan and Binzer are about to be buried in cement, all three boyfriends admit that they paid for Lexy's killing.  But they learn that the deals were made several hours after her death.  Tanna pays a timely visit to blackmailer Brad Thomas.
w. Richard Carr                  d. Don Chaffey
 
Cast:  BB PD NS TC JL
     Andrew Duggan....................William Virgil
     Don Galloway.....................Brad Thomas
     Robert Mandan....................Lou Smith
     Gene Dynarski....................Simon
     Bobby Van........................Eddie Banning
     Milton Seltzer...................Tenny, Eddie's asst
     Dorothy Malone...................Mrs. Gardner
     Bill Dana (special)..............Danny (at pro shop)
     Jonathan Harris..................Used Car Salesman
     Jenny Sherman...................Carol
     Jordan Michaels....................Lexy Gardner
     Valerie & Vanessa Browne.......The twins

 

5.  YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER                              10/25/78
 
Cindy Jenner thinks she sees her (supposedly deceased) father in the back row of the church during her wedding to Jim Smalley.  She contacts Dan Tanna and hires him to find her father, Hank Jenner, a famous country and western singer.  Dan's trail to the missing man leads him to Galen, Cindy's guardian, who is betting heavily (and losing) at the time.  Later, Bella discovers that Hank Jenner disappeared after her murdered his wife, Cindy's mother.  Dan eventually finds Hank through the singer's old friend Ben Handler.  Hank is now performing as a clown at Circus Circus Hotel.  He tells Dan that he didn't want to "pull the plug" on his wife, but he had to end her suffering.  Dan and Jim take Hank to see Cindy, but the crazed daughter takes potshots at her father from a window.  Later, when Hank threatens to kill himself from a high wire, Cindy comes to her senses and forgives him.
w.  Milt Rosen                   d. Don Chaffey
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS TC
     Lauren Tewes.....................Cindy Smalley
     Strother Martin..................Hank Jenner, father
     Christine De Lisle...............Linda
     Randy Powell.....................Jim Smalley
     Lloyd Bochner....................Lyle Galen
     Whitman Mayo (special)............Lick Smith
     Barbara McNair (cameo)...........Beverly, desk clerk
     Slim Pickens.....................Ben Handler
     Frank Corsentino.................Tony
     Paul Valentine...................Minister
     Leo Needham......................Personnel Man
     Margolyn Curtis..................Lady

 

6.  LADY ICE                                              11/1/78
 
Dan Tanna is attracted to a beautiful woman, Allison Jorden, who is in town as hostess at a Sheik's party during a jewelry convention at the Desert Inn Hotel.  He doesn't know that, while he's dancing with her, Allison's two accomplices, Marvin and Willie, are gassing the Sheik's bodyguards and making off with twelve matching rubies.  Allison seems to cooperate with Dan by giving him a list of all the guests at the party.  Marvin and Willie plan to run away quickly to New York but Allison has fallen for Dan and tells them to leave without her.  Driven by greed, they want to pull one more job before they leave, Binzer tells Dan from the airport that he's spotted Marvin.  Dan rushes to the scene and Marvin tries to gun him down in the parking lot.  Bella identifies Marvin's photograph and tells Dan that he works for a hood named Willie "Sparrow" Salter.  When Dan asks Allison what jewelry the Sheik had with him, she doesn't know.  However, the Sheik informs him that the rubies were stolen and she knew about it.  Dan is puzzled by Allison's lie.  Marvin and Willie force Allison to help them steal a million dollars worth of jewelry from the show.  Dan discovers from sources that the real Allison Jorden died six years ago and "Allison" is impersonating the wealthy woman.  Meanwhile, she plants four gas canisters in the room where the jewels are to be shown.  Marvin throws a canister into Dan's car, causing him to skid off the highway.  Marvin is picked up by the police.  After telling Allison, Dan listens on the switchboard, as she warns Willie that Marvin is in police hands.  It is time to make their getaway.  Dan gives Allison a chance to return the jewels but she heads to the airport instead.  Once there, Dan reluctantly allows her to be arrested.
w. Burton Armus                  d. Mark Daniels
story by Jeffrey Hayes & John Frances Whelpley
 
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
     Kim Basinger.....................Allison Jorden
     Dick Bakalyan....................Marvin Hale
     Nehemiah Persoff.................The Sheik
     Cameron Mitchell (special).......Willie "Sparrow" Salter
     Barbara McNair (cameo)...........Beverly, desk clerk
     Roselle Gayle....................Bodyguard
     Lee Parish.......................Detective
     Cops: Frank Nicholas, Vic Vallero, Larry New

 

7.  MILLIKEN'S STASH                                      11/8/78
 
Trafalgar, an ex drug dealer, retired from the underworld, now resides in Las Vegas.  He is called by a man named Tully who tells him that he must distribute a large cocaine shipment.  Instead of meeting Tully at the Desert Inn, Trafalgar calls the police and tips them off.  During a chase backstage at the hotel, involving Dan Tanna and the police, Tully drops the cocaine into a sandbox on the catwalk.  Some unseen person picks it up.  Trafalgar receives a note from a Wendy Milliken saying that she has the drugs and will let Trafalgar have the supply for half the price.  Trafalgar has his hoods rough up Dan Tanna in an effort to find out who Wendy is.  Dan honestly doesn't know.  Finally a comedian at the Desert Inn, Mickey, tells Dan where to find the girl.  Dan goes to the location and witnesses a small plane crashing in which Wendy Milliken was onboard.  When Dan returns to town, police inform him that Wendy is not Milliken.  Milliken, a man, has been dead for several years.  Dan now knows that Mickey was lying and that he is the man who put pressure on Trafalgar for the drug money.  There was nobody in the plane which crashed by remote control.
w.  Larry Alexander              d. Lawrence Doheny
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS TC
     Shelly Berman....................Mickey
     Anthony James..................Dwight Tully
     Pernell Roberts (special)........Pete Sedgewick
     Isabel Sanford (cameo)...........Mae the motel manager
     Henry Jones......................Fitz the airport mechanic
     Raymond St.Jacques...............Lt. Burke Hansen (not Nelson)
     John Marley (special)............Marty Trafalgar
     Andy Epper.......................Hood
     Alan Oliney......................Hood
     Marvin Brady.....................Guard

 

8.   THE PAGEANT                                           11/15/78
 
Beautiful blonde Jenny Logan is brutally raped by a stocking-capped brute in a parking lot outside a beauty parlor.  Dan Tanna is called by the girl's father, wealthy and influential Mike Logan.  He hires Dan to not only find the rapist, but to keep Jenny's rape quiet.  Mike's assistant, Ben Summers, is also concerned about Jenny.  When Dan visits the beauty parlor, he learns that Jenny did not have her hair done there the night she was raped as she told her father.  Dan questions a middle-aged lifeguard about who Jenny had been seen with lately, but apparently he is innocent of the crime.  Dan goes to the rehearsal of the Miss Casino Beauty pageant and meets Mary Saunders, also a blonde friend of Jenny's.  She informs Dan that Jenny was also in the pageant.  After the rape of Tally, another beauty contestant (also a blonde), Dan is finally able to get Jenny to describe the rapist.  He has red spots on his hands and bushy hair.  When Dan and Binzer are on their way to a stable outside of town (bits of hay were found in Jenny's car), Ben Summers causes Dan's jeep to drive off the road.  After an ensuing horse chase through the desert, Dan captures Ben.  Ben tells Dan he was only trying to delay him to protect his job with Mike.  It seems Ben was seeing Jenny on the side.  Beatrice offers to become bait for the rapist and Dan is finally able to make his capture.
w. E. Nick Alexander             d. Larry Dobkin
 
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
     Robert Reed......................Mike Logan
     Maureen McCormick................Jenny Logan
     Dolly Martin (special)...........Annabelle
     Peter Brown (special)............Richie
     Inga Swenson.....................The Producer
     Michael Callan...................Ben Summers
     Julie Casey......................Mary
     Margolyn Curtis..................Tally
     Michael Swan...................David Lansford, rapist
     Tony Ballen......................Sammy
     Clint Young......................Detective

 

9.   LOST WOMEN                                              11/22/78
 
Grady, a middle-aged man, sits with several young chorus girls in a cocktail lounge.  Among the girls is Lois Chambers, one of Beatrice's dancers.  Grady talks the girls into going with him to meet the famous and wealthy Vincente, just for fun.  Dan, at Roth's request, is keeping an eye on the group.  When they arrive at Lake Mead and meet Vicente, Dan and Binzer are there doing a little water skiing.  Inside Vincente's home, one by one, the girls are being chloroformed.  Dan breaks into the house and is knocked out by Domo.  He is thrown into a room along with Lois.  Grady wires the house to explode with a time bomb.  Vincente and Domo leave the house with several of the girls in a van.  Roth and Binzer capture Grady leaving the house, and in doing so, set the timer on the bomb.  Dan finds the bomb and disconnects it.  Dan keeps Lois under his protection because Vincente and his white slavery gang will be looking for her.  Domo goes to Dan's where Lois is hiding and is shot by Lois after knocking Dan out in a fight.  Through a pimp, Dan learns that a woman, Ernie, who runs a disco, would know where Vincente is hiding out.  With the help of the reformed Ernie, Dan enters Vicente's club and after a shootout, captures Vincente.
w. Burton Armus                  d. Paul Stanley
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS TC -- GM special
     Moses Gunn.......................Domo
     Charles Dierkop..................Lenny
     Della Reese.........................Ernie
     Cesar Romero (special)...........Christopher Vincente
     Brit Kind...............................Karen
     Kim Hamilton........................Lois Chambers
     Peter Mark Richman...............Grady
     Rhonda Hopkins...................Joyce
     Wendy Hoffman....................Sandy

 

10.  SECOND STANZA                                          12/6/78
 
Singer Ginny Gordon is making a comeback after four years of obscurity, but her reputation for booze, pills, and suicide attempts has everybody cautious.  Mysterious accidents keep occurring during rehearsals.  The singer is an emotional wreck.  Her hotel management hires Dan Tanna to investigate.  Dan feels someone is trying to kill Ginny.  Dan questions her manager, Paul Dunniger, who indicates Ginny's ex-husband, record magnate Walter Melford, could be the source of the trouble.  Melford happens to be in town, and he tells an enraged Tanna that Dunniger's corporation owns publishing rights to Ginny's songs.  Ginny, disconsolate about her comeback, takes a turn for the worse, and attempts a drowning suicide.  Tanna rescues her and reassures the singer her show will go on.  After he learns about Dunniger's corporation, Tanna theorizes that a star's earning power increases after death, and further realizes that Dunniger and arranger-conductor Stuie Wilson are driving Ginny to suicide.  After setting Dunniger and Wilson up for a final attempt on Ginny's life, Tanna apprehends the conspirators.  Ginny's show opens to thunderous applause and giant success.
w. Jeff Miro                    d. Bob Kelljan
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS TC
     Eugene Roche.....................Paul Dunniger  (manager)
     Joseph Campanella................Stewy Wilson (pianist)
     Johnny Seven..................... Buddy Johnson (bartender)
     Peter Breck (special)............Walter Melford (ex-husband)
     Harvey Lembeck (cameo)........... Mike at Jockey Club
     Doc Severinson (cameo)...........self
     Ronee Blakely....................Ginny Gordon
     David Milton.....................Steve
     Marc Cowell......................Charlie

 

11.  SERVE, VOLLEY and KILL                                 12/20/78
 
Bobby Howard, the man they love to hate, faces a $100,000 tennis match with foreign import Gino Lapescu.  If he wins, he faces injury and perhaps death at the hands of an unknown assailant.  Who is trying to make him throw the match?  Dan Tanna, assigned to baby sit Bobby, is roughed up in the parking lot of the Desert Inn.  Meanwhile, Binzer checks out Tommy Cirko, con artist and self-proclaimed minister, who is making a fortune in quickie weddings.  Bobby's girlfriend Sandra reports that she has been beaten by thugs.  After Tanna questions her and leaves, she quickly applies cold cream to he fake bruises.  Tanna, sensing something is wrong with her story, apprehends her at the airport.  When Bobby's kid sister is kidnapped, he is heartbroken.  Sandra, implicates Spa owner Nicky Trent.  Dan speeds to the Roman Spa and is confronted by criminal mastermind Harry Snyder.  Smarting from tough business deals Bobby has forced on him, he has vowed that the tennis ace must be humiliated and broken no matter what the cost.
w. Norman Lessing                d. Sutton Roley
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS
     Randolph Mantooth................Bobby Howard (tennis ace)
     Don Defore.......................Sid Green (manager)
     Phil Abbott........................Harry Snyder
     Red Buttons......................Tommy Cirko (minister)
     Pamelyn Ferden...................Katie Howard (sister)
     Mamie Van Doren (special)........Spa manager
     Dawn Wells.......................Millie Farmer
     Christopher George (special).....Nicky Trent
     Lynda Day George (special).......Sandra Wells
     Co-stars:  Al Scaglione   William Canteau  Lewis Calvin
                Dave Burton    Gail Martin      Nathaniel Christian

 

12.  GHOST OF RIPPER                                         1/10/79
 
When a fourth call girl murder occurs, Dan Tanna is hired by a working girls' organization to investigate.  Professor Phillip Grayson points out the many similarities of the current murders to the White Chapel murders of the late 1800's.  When they analyze and compare evidence, Tanna and Lt. Nelson agree that someone is recreating the infamous Jack-the Ripper.  The predictability of the next murder leads Officer Valerie Kemmet to set herself up as bait for "Jack."  Dan plots the capture with a communications system between his car phone and Valerie's apartment phone, alerting him to the killer's presence.  The killer, hiding in her closet, silences the phone with a pillow, and attacks Valerie.  Suspecting trouble, Dan crashes into the apartment before "Jack" can begin his grizzly ritual.  He pursues the escaping psychopath to the roof where the crazed man slips and falls three stories to his death.
w. Larry Forrester               d. Larry Dobkin
 
Cast:  BB PD NS GM
 
     John Larch.......................Jack, the Ripper
     Murray Matheson..................Phillip Grayson
     George Takei.....................Medical Examiner
     Peter Lind Hayes.................Brad Edelson, newsman
     Pamela Hensley...................Valerie Kemmet(policewoman)
     Lee Travis.......................Martha aka Lisa Benitez
     Courtney Pledger.................Kate Crenshaw
     Alan Manson......................Assistant DA
     Red McIlvaine....................Reporter #1
     Virginia Hawkins.................Shopper
     Lamont Jackson...................Driver

 

13.  THE ELEVENTH EVENT                                    1/17/79
 
Leon Hazlett, a taxi-driver's son who wins the Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal, returns to a Las Vegas homecoming befitting a world-class champion.  But the joyous occasion is a painful one for Leon as the once mobile athlete is confined to a wheelchair, with an automobile-caused paralysis of the legs.  He resents the celebrity benefit his friend Dan Tanna has helped arrange but he is proud and accepts the accolades and donations.  Professional singer Paul Baker, a college chum of Leon's, performs at the benefit.  But when it is learned the singer has been kidnapped, Baker's wife Lilly, and his manager, Lou Voit, react by approaching Baker's record company for the ransom money in order to make the payoff.  They are turned down but Leon offers to use the benefit money to by Paul's freedom.  When paying off the kidnapper , Leon is thrown from his wheelchair, but latches onto the getaways van which takes him to a hideout where Baker is being held.  Tanna's involvement leads him to suspect foul play.  He traps Lilly into admission of conspiracy (with Lou) to embezzle funds from the record company.  Tanna races to the hideout to help Leon in apprehending the kidnapper and Voit.  Afterward, Tanna and Baker assist Leon in taking his first steps since the accident.
w. Brian McKay                   d. Don Chaffey
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS
     Clifton Davis....................Leon Hazlett
     Michael Conrad...................Kidnapper "Albert Brown"
     Vernee Watson....................Dorothy
     Squire Fridell......................Paul Baker
     Jill Hayworth (special)..........Lily Baker
     Muhammad Ali (special)...........self
     Robert Loggia....................Lou Voit
     Walter Scott.....................Hanny
     Fred Lerner......................Chuck
     James McKenna....................Bellhop

 

14.  KILL DAN TANNA                                          1/24/79                      PICTURE
 
Drew North plots revenge against Dan for a Vietnam War mishap which left him permanently crippled.  North hires mercenaries, Yancey and Willie, to kill Tanna.  Dan narrowly escapes a bomb blast but Beatrice's daughter, Julie, is seriously injured.  A specialist is called in to operate.  North and his mercenaries kidnap Bea to trade for Tanna.  Dan agrees to meet North for the exchange, making Harlon Two-leaf promise not to follow him.  Dan arrives at the rendezvous where North recalls the war incident.  The order is given.  Yancey is to turn a flame thrower on Tanna.  Two-leaf has disobeyed and shows up in time to subdue the gun-wielding Willie.  Tanna captures Yancey.  Julie recovers from her surgery and North is sent away for treatment for his mental problems.
w. Larry Forrester               d. Curtis Harrington
 
Cast: GM BB PD
     Richard Lynch....................Mr. North
     Don Gordon.......................Willie
     Kyle Richards.....................Yancey
     Julius Harris.......................Julie
     Will Sampson.....................Harlon Two-leaf
     Byron Morrow.....................Dr. Rossmore
     Harvey Solin.....................Medical Director
     Sylvie Strauss...................Wardrobe Lady
     Kathryn Daley....................Nurse

 

15.  DEATH MOUNTAIN                                          1/31/79
 
Indian tribal chief, Gray Bear, is murdered while on a fishing trip with Dan Tanna, Harlon Two-Leaf, and Jim Cloud.  Matsimura, a real estate mogul, tries to buy up Indian land left by Gray Bear, but tribal elders hesitate and Tanna suggests they go ahead and fill the dead chief's place on their council.  For his interference, Matsimura vows to be rid of Tanna.  On two occasions, Dan is nearly killed.  During the same time span, Dan enlists the help of an archaeologist, Dr. Haven Grant, and together they trace Gray Bear's killers to a van owned by Matsimura.  Tow-Leaf is appointed chief and is almost immediately attacked by the killers.  Tanna arrives in time and in a spectacular motorcycle-jeep chase, he and Two-Leaf apprehend Matsimura and his accomplice, Jim Cloud. 
w. Larry Forrester                d. George McGowan
 
Cast:  GM BB PD NS
     Ron Antonio Castro...............Jim Cloud
     Keye Luke........................Henry Matsimura
     Will Sampson.....................Harlon Two-leaf
     Ken Curtis (special)..............Digger Dennison
     Joan Van Ark (special)...........Doctor Haven Grant (professor)
     Dehl Berti.......................Gray Bear
     John Tuell.......................Mozzie
     Gil Frye.........................Medical Examiner
     Glen Wilder......................Ben
     Mike Runyard.....................Derry
     Bill Sherman.....................Richard

 

16.  BEST FRIENDS                                           2/7/79
 
Tanna's efforts to show childhood buddy Vance Gilroy the town are curtailed when Roth narrowly avoids an assassin's gunfire.  Because Roth's partner is killed, Tanna has the dubious duty of informing other investors that Roth will have no other partners.  When another attempt is made on Roth, Dan reacts to his suspicions about Elizabeth Kyle, a ruthless and tenacious enemy of Roth.  Tanna sets up a ruse in which he appears to be taking Roth to an asylum.  It works-the gunman is lured-and it turns out to be Dan's best friend Vance.  Vance tries to get Dan to kill him, but Dan won't do it.  Vance points his gun at Dan and Lt. Nelson shoots Vance.  When it is over, they find evidence implicating Gilroy's boss, Elizabeth Kyle.
w. Robert Earll                  d. Don Chaffey
 
Cast:  GM BB PD NS
     Abbe Lane........................Ms. Kyle
     John Rubenstein..................Vance Gilroy
     Harold J. Stone..................Mr. Hunter
     Ned Glass........................Erwin Levy
     Margolyn Curtis..................Aludra
     Victoria Ann Berry...............Hooker

 

17.  DEMAND AND SUPPLY                                      2/14/79
 
When Bea's teenage babysitter, Jenny Miller, is found battered and wandering aimlessly through the streets, Tanna investigates a suspected child prostitution ring.  He tracks down their "John" who is found dead.  So Tanna impersonates a "John" seeking young girls and makes a rendezvous for a motel room where he escapes a killer's gunshots.  The young girl in the room tells of Jack Avery's method of blackmail and threats against daughters of single parents, manipulating the girls to prostitute themselves.  When Jenny comes out of shock and tells of seeing the school counselor with Avery, Tanna confronts Henderson, who has divulged the girls' personal information to Avery.  Tanna tracks Avery down at a riding stable where a dune buggy chase occurs until he is captured.
w. Gerry Davis                   d. Cliff Bole
 
Cast:  GM BB PD NS
     William Smith....................Jack Avery     (pimp)
     John Fiedler.....................S.J. Henderson (counselor)
     Gregory Walcott................Halford
     Michael D. Roberts...............Chickie
     R.G. Armstrong..................Wellman
     Cynthia Eilbacher................Jenny Miller
     Jean Allison.....................Sarah
     Karlene Crockett.................Tracy
     Tom Williams.....................Grover
     Peter Burnell....................Intern
     Lynn Theel.......................Dahlia

 

18.  EVERYTHING I TOUCH                                    2/28/79
 
In the glass enclosed elevator of the Portofino Lounge, Dan Tanna embraces a beautiful twenty-five year old named Christy.  They are falling in love.  Roth sees them and invites them to have a drink.  Christy excuses herself to go home and get ready for Dan's arrival.  As she prepares the champagne, a bearded man approaches her apartment.  When he knocks, she thinks it's Dan and opens the door.  She is hit with a karate chop and choked to death with a chain.  Dan finds her body.  The paramedics and Lisa, a young friend of Dan's, arrive on the scene.  Devastated, Dan is approached at Christy's gravesite by the dead girl's best friend, Shannon.  She tells Dan that Christy had been seeing a karate expert before Dan.  Dan visits the gym and gets into a classic karate round with Brad.  The bearded man dogs Dan's every step.   Shannon meets Dan a second time, when she leaves Dan, she too is attacked in her apartment and murdered.  Angie tries out for a play and while she's waiting for Dan to pick her up, she too is attacked.  This time Dan arrives, gives chase but the man gets away.  When Dan calls to see how Angie is, he is informed that she is being transferred to another hospital.  He arrives in time to see the assailant.  An ambulance chase follows.  He catches the man, pulls at his beard and to his surprise, it comes off, revealing Lisa who, so insanely in love with Dan, endeavored to destroy all of her competition. 
w. E. Nick Alexander             d. Paul Stanley
 
Cast:  BB PD JL NS TC
     JoAnn Harris..................Christy
     Fawne Harriman..............Shannon
     Vivian Blaine....................Leonora
     Heather Menzies..................Lisa

 

19.  DOUBTFUL TARGET                                       3/7/79
 
Bank president Tyler Dickerson kills racketeer Cy Winters in an argument over gambling debts.  Dickerson is seen leaving Winters' office by Binzer and his blind girlfriend, Kim.  Kim is unexpectedly shot and killed.  The anguished Binzer vows revenge on the unseen assailant.  Following Tanna's investigation, Binzer pretends he can't identify Dickerson, but arranges a rendezvous instead to confront the man.  Once there, Binzer can't bring himself to shoot Dickerson and instead finds himself running from the killer's shots.  Tanna arrives in time to save his friend.
w. E. Nick Alexander             d. Laurence Doheny
 
Cast:  GM  BB  PD  NS
     Leslie Nielsen...................Tyler Dickerson
     Elyssa Davelos...................Kimberly Farragut
     Louise Sorel.....................Jackie
     Ann Jeffreys (special)...........Cynthia
     Woodrow Porfrey..................Cy Winters
     Gary Pagett......................Dealer
     Vivian Ford......................Waitress
     Arnold Mescher...................Artist

 

20.  TOUCH OF DEATH                                        3/14/79
 
Newlyweds Gary and Wendy Cole come to Las Vegas on their honeymoon.  Suddenly, Gary disappears and Wendy finds their room occupied by an out-of-town family.  Lt. Nelson asks Dan to investigate.  Tanna verifies Wendy's story and finds that nobody seems to know or remember the Coles.  Tanna discovers that Wendy is an ex-mental patient and begins to suspect that she thought the whole thing up.  Then, on a hotel security division video tape of the casino, he sees a playback of Wendy and Gary together.  He tells Lt. Nelson about the conspiracy and their investigation leads Dan to Unified Daries, a milk producing plant outside of town.  He discovers that the place is really a secret government installation storing biological and chemical warfare devices.  He learns that Gary was kidnapped and quarantined when  government officials learned the man was infected.  One of the feds tries to escape and when Dan shoots out his tire, the car careens into an electric fence and blows up.  Gary and Wendy are reunited and the government is pressured into closing the plant down.
w. James Schermerer              d. Don Chaffey
 
Cast:  GM  BB  PD  NS
     Chip Lucia.........................Gary Cole
     Sondra West......................Wendy Cole
     Stephen Elliott....................Col. Mitchell
     Paul Mantee.......................Sgt. Ross
     Alan Oppenheimer..............(Sgt.)  Mr. Stein
     John Randolph....................Oscar Duncan
     Sarah Cunningham.................Clara
     Jerry Ayres...........................Alex
     Herman Poppe.....................Driver
     Noah Keen........................Dr. Richards
     Sandy Freeman....................Manageress
     Barbara Baldavin.................Mrs. Stein

 

21.  THE WAY TO LIVE                                       5/2/79
 
Motorbike daredevil Shara Stanley will attempt to break a long distance jump record.  Mechanic Bill Woods is apprehensive about the jump and urges Dan to investigate the safety of the jump.  Dan cannot dissuade an adamant Shara about the danger factor, but when Woods is found dead of an apparent liquor overdose, Dan suspects foul play.  Tanna approaches an engineering specialist Clyde Tolan regarding the blueprints and construction of the ramps to be used.  Tolan suggests the ramps be moved closer - to which Shara agrees.  Promoter Grant Packer dislikes Tanna's involvement and orders him killed.  When Tanna narrowly escapes a hitman's gunfire, he avoids further exposure and keeps a watchful eye on Shara's bike.  He captures Packer's henchmen preparing to tamper with Shara's bike.  Later, when arrested, Packer admits a film of Shara's inevitable death crash is worth more money than a successful jump.  Shara goes on to make the spectacular jump.
w. Burton Armus                  d. Don Chaffey
 
Cast:  GM  BB  PD
     Marlyn Mason.....................Shara Stanley
     Tom Urich........................Grant Packer
     Ken Tobey........................Bill Woods
     Wilfred Hyde-White (special).....Matt Tolan
     Norman Alden.....................Coleman
     Robert Lussier...................Fields
     Jeff Bruce.......................Clerk in liquor store
     Jason Wingreen...................Drake
     Richard S. Calvert...............self (Announcer)

 

22.  THE VISITOR                                                  5/9/79
 
Middle Eastern Princess Zara seeks refuge in Las Vegas because of political strife in her home country.  Dan proves his worth immediately by thwarting an assassin's attempt on her life.  Because Lt. Nelson can't spare police personnel on this one, Dan enlists Harlon Two-Leaf's help.  Zara is advised to flee the country and agrees, but not after a night on the town.  She hides in a dressing room and hires a double to replace her on the spree while she has a rendezvous with Jafai; a political adversary of her father.  Tanna learns of the double and returns in time to find Zara and Jafai abducted by terrorists.  Following clues, Dan and Two-Leaf rescue Zara and Jafai at the terrorists' lumberyard hideout.
w. Burton Armus                  d. Laurence Doheny
 
Cast:  GM  BB PD NS
     Kim Cattrall.....................Princess Zara
     Michael Ansara...................Hamaad
     Victor Campos....................Ali Hadj
     Henry Darrow.....................Shopkeeper
     Eduard Franz.....................Jafai
     Aharon Impale...................Omar
     Will Sampson.....................Harlon Two-leaf
     Belinda Bulaski..................Lucille
     Natalie Core.....................Secretary
     Charles Picerni..................Mustapha
     Dave Cadiente....................Kemel

 

 


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