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Cannon - Season One, Vol. 2 (2008)

William Conrad  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Conrad
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 662 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6HUW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannon - Season One, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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With his impressive girth and balding pate, no one will mistake insurance investigator Frank Cannon (William Conrad) for, say, Jim Rockford, or any other of TV’s more conventionally handsome PIs. But with his imposing size and resonant growl of a voice, Cannon could throw his weight around with the best of them as he so ably demonstrates in these 13 episodes that concluded Cannon's impressive first season. The pipe-smoking gourmand has a style all his own. In one episode, he quotes famed critic Alexander Wolcott’s classic bon mot that everything he likes is either "illegal, immoral, or fattening." But underestimate him at your peril; The tough-talking Cannon can dish it out as well. He threatens an uncooperative biker in "Devil’s Playground" with hospitalization, and in "Death is a Double Cross," he nimbly gets the drop on a hit man. Cannon’s salary is as ample as he is, but he doesn’t let that influence his investigation. To an acquaintance who wants Cannon to learn the truth about her husband’s death (which the insurance company has ruled a suicide), he states, "The truth is like rain. It doesn’t care who gets wet." He is also thorough. "When I look at a picture straight on and don't get it, I try looking at it sideways," he tells another client. Cannon boasts solid writing ("Double Cross" is adapted from the Thomas B. Dewey novel, Every Bet’s a Sure Thing) and some great guests before they were stars. Martin Sheen is featured in "Devil’s Playground" as a vengeful disabled ex-cop who wants Cannon to help him prove that the supposedly dead thief who shot him during an armored car robbery actually faked his demise (this episode also costars future Hill Street Blues costars Daniel Travanti and James Sikking). Just as Cannon performs a fireman’s carry on one injured party, so does Conrad bear the weight of this tailor-made series that provided the character actor (who voiced Matt Dillon on the radio incarnation of Gunsmoke) with a long overdue leading role. --Donald Liebenson

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The weekly adventures of Frank Cannon, an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures, who becomes a high-priced private investigator. Since Cannon's girth didn't allow for many fist-fights and gun battles (although there were many), the series substituted car chases and high production values in their place.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavyweight in More Ways Than One! January 7, 2009
I had been waiting for years for the release of Cannon on dvd. William Conrad is an affable, yet tough connoisseur / detective. In the series, he is always underestimated by the villains. They inevitably learn, too late, that, while, short in stature and stout in figure, he will work through the case and come out on top. By the way, it is great that he got this gig, because, after playing a terrific Matt Dillon on the radio series for many years, he was rejected for the television role (Gunsmoke) because of his appearance. Anyway, great, well crafted detective series that will be worth the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Film Print Quality For A Great Show February 25, 2009
By Mulroon
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Cannon season one print quality was not remastered by Paramount/CBS, who did a superb job on The Streets Of San Francisco, another early '70's Quinn Martin series, when it was presented on DVD. Cannon itself had progressed, with better stories and acting for volume 2, then was seen in volume 1.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
William Conrad, got his first lead in a television series in 1971, as an ex-LA cop turned private eye, Frank Cannon. At the time, police and crime dramas were big, and were about to explode in popularity. Following in the wake of late 60's programs like Dragnet, Mannix, Colombo, The Mod Squad, Adam-12, and Ironside (just to name a few), Cannon was part of the early wave of a genre that would soon flood the airwaves in the 70's. A Quinn-Martin Production, the program has the familiar basic packaging of the company's previous prime time successes, The Fugitive, The FBI, and The Invaders.

Bill Conrad was a big man, an obvious fact that the series' writers made a point of emphasis, and humor, for the character Frank Cannon. They put Conrad's obesity out in the open, with frequent references his size and weight, or being on a diet. Cannon blames himself for his weight problem, and being something of a gourmet cook, doesn't make things any easier. It all seems unkind, but this was a different era, and Bill Conrad appears to have taken it all in stride. He may not have had the ideal body type, but Conrad was certainly up to the physical demands of being the lead in an action series. There are plenty of fights, chases, shootouts, and car crashes, and Mr. Conrad proves to be very light on his feet, and quite a scrapper, with the muscle power to fling attackers around with ease.

Among the highlights in the second half of the first season, are `A Flight of Hawks", where Cannon is hired by an insurance company to look into the death of a man killed in a car wreck. The investigation leads to a group of mercenaries. Cannon is quite impressive, assembling and firing a machine gun, then challenging a P51 Mustang fighter plane. It's not realistic, but it sure is fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great old show! January 14, 2009
This is a great old show. I can't wait for the rest of the seasons to be released. These shows were written at a time when they really wanted to entertain you. They have simple but good plots and William Conrad is a likable character. I hope that they will release the rest of the seasons soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lexi from Carmel January 8, 2009
By Lexi
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I enjoy all the old TV shows. They were great then and are great now. I look forward to them being released. Cannon is right there with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favs November 3, 2011
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This was the best ever it brought back times when tv was great. Good clean tv when you knew the good guy was going to win. Not like the shows of today where you know the plot already. Old tv had great old actors who had movie, and acting training not like now. I buy these old shows because I grew up on them my parents loved old tv very much. My parents are gone but I remember them though old tv shows. And it makes me smile when I think back of them and their old tv shows. Thanks for the memories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sample case of Frank Cannon, P.I. May 22, 2009
By R.J.
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In this 1971-76 crime drama, William Conrad (Marshall Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" and narrator for TV's "The Fugitive" and "Rocky & Bullwinkle") plays moustache, rotund, pipe smoking private investigator Frank Cannon. The 13 episodes in this 4 disc set include "To Kill a Guinea Pig" with Vera Miles as a doctor being intimidated into accepting a prison inmate she formerly rejected for a medical research experiment. The intimidation includes the horrifying discovery the villains have killed a monkey by hanging. The gruesome scene is shown in silhouette. John Rubinstein, son of Classical concert pianist/composer Arthur Rubinstein, plays a cult leader in "A Deadly Quiet Town". Martin Sheen is a disable ex-cop in "Devil's Playground", a role he later reprises in "A Flight of Hawks". Frank Cannon was not only a detective, he was also a food connoisseur. In "The Island Caper", Cannon uses an electric fan to aid in preparing Peking duck. 1970's TV detective buffs should fare quite well with this DVD set.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Television Show April 20, 2009
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I love this show, William Conrad as Frank Cannon is Excellent. I'm looking forward to Remainder of the Series to come out on to DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FAT MAN!
I only started watching Cannon because I saw him on the original
pilot of Barney Jones! My dad was a big Cannon fan and after the
first show I loved it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bela
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Revisit a great old series with this! If you were there you'll be amazed how much has changed in the 40 years since this was made. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BeeTree
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannon - Season One, Vol. 2
Yes, I would highly recommend this item. It is great and we really love having it in our collection, now.
Published 12 months ago by Teresa True
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I gave this to someone for a gift.
They were really excited to get it. :D
It was one of their favorite shows when it was on TV - back in the day.
Published 15 months ago by C Joy Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannon Season one, Vol.2
The first season of this show had more action and excitement compared to the other seasons of this show. Martin Sheen was in a couple of episodes and he was very good.
Published 16 months ago by Douglas Deicke
5.0 out of 5 stars perfectly frank
loved this series as a kid and it was good to see an old friend,frank cannon! this is great! just to see the old cars and some of the styles of the 70's was great to see again. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Robert J. Demarest
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it...brings back memories....
Really enjoying seeing these old shows again. My grandfather and I used to watch Cannon together and when I saw the first volume of Season 1 become available I put it in my... Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by GothCrone
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those shows that holds up
I was a year old when this show aired the first time, so all I was ever told was how much I loved it as a child. Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by Thunderhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be five stars if the they didn't split the seasons.
The heading gives practically the whole review. Cannon is a very good,and different sort of tv action show. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Chancellor R
5.0 out of 5 stars "Awesome DVD"
This is a great DVD. Cannon is one of those series that can be watched over and over again. I just wish that the seller was able to locate Season One so that I could purchase it.
Published on December 5, 2010 by Aunt Bee
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