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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, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman, Charles Bateman, Donovan Jones
  • Directors: E. Arthur Kean, Jimmy Sangster
  • Writers: Edward Hume, George McCowan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 606 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XTBE74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannon: Season 2, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on January 14, 2010
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William Conrad had been around for quite some time before he became best known for being private eye Frank Cannon in the Quinn Martin television series, "Cannon." He had been an actor, producer, and director for movies and television shows, and was best known for three programs that used his voice only - being the voice of Matt Dillon on the radio version of "Gunsmoke," the narrator of the classic cartoon series "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," and the narrator of another Quinn Martin series, "The Fugitive."

When Martin looked for someone to play an overweight, but very capable private eye in Cannon, he could have picked a better actor than Conrad. Even though he was best known for his vocal talents, Conrad made Cannon a flesh and blood character - charming, humorous, compassionate, and on occasion, violent. For once, Conrad had a chance to show as much talent on camera as he had off camera. And with Martin's penchant for creating solid detective dramas, Cannon became a very popular series.

Conrad would have other notable gigs after Cannon, the emcee of CBS' Thanksgiving Day festivities, the DA in "Jake and the Fatman," and for too brief a time, "Nero Wolfe," but he will always be remembered at the portly detective who drove a Mark IV, had a car phone (very rare at the time), and who knew as much about cooking as he did the law.
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This is a great show. And it is when TV was fun to watch. Now TV is about 95% trash... Cannon with Barnaby Jones, Mannix and the rockford Files. was a great time for TV.. The only bad deal with Cannon is the Vol one and two bit. That is one big draw back..
They really need to give you all of the season at onetime.
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cannon is one of the best private eyes on the classic television list of shows
to order. I recommend purchasing it. So far I have enjoyed watching this
show and would recommend it to everyone to watch it again as it have been
along time since it was on TV. This show was purchased on Amazon and I have
purchase alot of the old shows from Amazon. They are very good about shipping
it fast.
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Nothing kills nostalgia like watching the shows we used to love in the 70s and 80s. But THIS is one of the few that really has held up very well, despite the relative corniness and innocence of the times. I would imagine it will appeal mostly to those of us who weren't raised on the more modern (ie, fast-edited, mega-violent and raunchy) shows, but even young people who prefer well scripted and acted dramas might enjoy this one.

Like so many others, I lament the failure of the studio to release subsequent seasons.
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Cannon, which ran for 5 seasons from 1971 to 1976, was a terrific detective mystery series led by the incredibly fit big actor William Conrad. They didn't have altering computers or trick cameras back then, and besides him being a wonderful dramatic actor (see The Killers with Burt Lancaster), he appears to be actually doing most of his athletic stuntwork and definitely all the chasing of the criminals. He had a gruffly endearing manner as Detective Frank Cannon, and the stories were intelligently written and peppered with many popular TV and film stars of the day, some listed below next to their featured episode of this Season Two, Volume 2 3DVD set:

Disc 1

Nobody Beats the House - John Marley, Tom Skerritt
Hard Rock Rollercoaster - Charlotte Stewart, John Vernon
The Dead Samaritan - Arlene Golonka, David Hedison
Death of a Stone Seahorse - Sondra Locke, David Soul

Disc 2

Moving Target - Susan Oliver, Richard Carlson
Murder For Murder - Dick van Patten, Mary Frann
To Ride A Tiger - Christine Belford, Scott Marlowe
Prisoners - Geraldine Brooks, Harold Gould

Disc 3

The Seventh Grave - Barry Nelson, Jim Davis
Catch Me If You Can - Anthony Zerbe, Dana Wynter
Press Pass to the Slammer - Marlyn Mason, Stuart Margolin
Deadly Heritage - Beverly Garland, Lynn Marta
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Great show, but as is the case with many Universal/Paramount releases, they simply stop releasing DVD's after a few seasons if they think that the show isn't selling well enough: Even if the low sales are because of splitting seasons into volumes and ultimately charging twice as much per season. They are notorious for ending the release of a series after a season or two. Some real geniuses working there. I'm now stuck with partial runs of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Gallery, etc... and now Cannon. If you like to collect full runs of classic TV shows like I do, it's almost better not to buy the first seasons from Universal/Paramount in the first place. They're the the worst, and obviously couldn't care less about their customers.
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Cannon was one of the best P.I. shows of all time. It is a shame CBS Paramont isn't remastering this series. I have the first season of Barnanby Jones, (another Quinn Martin Production) It has been remastered, and looks great! Come on CBS Paramount, give Cannon
the same treatment.
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REALLY LIKED THE CANNON DVDS I CAN REMBER MY DAD AND I WATCHING THIS SHOW BACK IN THE EARLY 70S BACK WHEN YOU WATCHED A SHOW THAT HAD A PLOT THAT KEPT YOU INTERESTED NOT LIKE THE SHOWS OF TODAY .BILL CONRAD WAS GREAT AS FRANK CANNON HE PLAYED THE PART GREAT AND ALLWAYS GOT THE GUY IN THE END. I ALLWAYS LIKED THE BIG BLUE 1972 LINCOLN MARK IV HE DROVE IN THE SHOWS I WOULD GIVE THESE A THUMBS UP PLAN ON GETTING SOME MORE .........RICK IN COLORADO
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