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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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Product Details

  • Actors: William Conrad
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 1277 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E530JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannon - Season One, Vols. 1-2" on IMDb

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill H in Richmond on January 7, 2009
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mulroon on February 25, 2009
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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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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Lover on January 14, 2009
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lexi on January 8, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old tv lover on 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 By R.J. on May 22, 2009
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Paulmann on 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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