Friday, May 16, 2014

1973 Hec Ramsey promo

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Sally is on an errand and she thinks she is being followed, but she loses the man. However Soup Metzger, who is an old law client of Mac’s from when he was a defense attorney, has come to deliver a warning to Mac and tells Sally to have Mac come meet him when he gets home.

The meeting doesn’t really happen, a man is there along with Soup and the other man is show by Tom, a friend of the McMillans. This is the first of several members of the upper crust of San Francisco that are introduced in this episode. The two things all of them have in common is that they are in financial difficulties and they are going to a costume party that Mac doesn’t not want to attend.

One of the people going to the party has a necklace worth a quarter of a million dollars and she is determined to wear it to the party. Soup was trying to warn Mac about a jewel robbery and this woman’s house was hit the same night, but the necklace was not stolen. Mac has it appraised to make sure it wasn’t switched with a fake, but it’s the real deal and the police chief is convinced they will try again.

So Mac ends up going to the party to be part of the security detail. Just a bit of logic here, Mac is not a cop and has no police experience, although to be fair he did used to be in military intelligence. His costume is very awkward to run in so it was a poor choice and why is the police chief giving him orders anyway? Doesn’t Mac outrank him?

Sunday, June 16, 2013


NBC had a heck of a time finding a fourth detective to round out the Sunday night lineup and this nice fan made video shows the ones they tried to use, only Quincy really took off and it was soon made a weekly series.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


This western series was a little unusual. Hec Ramsey was a lawman, but he was also sort of a pioneer Crime Scene Investigator (CSI). He was good with a gun but also took fingerprints and conducted scientific tests to look for suspects.

This series was broadcast from 1972 to 1974 on NBC. It was part of the NBC Mystery movie broadcast on Sunday nights. The series alternated with Columbo, McCloud and McMillan and Wife.


Richard Boone as Hec Ramsey
Richard Lenz as Police Chief Oliver B. Stamp
Harry Morgan as Doc Amon Coogan

The series was set in New Prospect, Oklahoma, at the turn of the century. The town was modernizing but there was still a lot of the old West that had survived.
Hec was a legendary lawman and still handy with a six-gun. But he had gotten interested in new criminology and came to town with a case full of forensic equipment. The newly elected Chief of Police Oliver Stamp was inexperienced and wary of his new deputy, the older, more experienced Hec Ramsey.

 In the course of the series the Chief grew to trust and respect Ramsey. Ramsey used his deductive powers and forensic science to solve crimes in their part of Oklahoma. But he was ready to use a gun when it was called for, also. Harry Morgan played the local doctor, who became friendly with Hec and helped him on cases sometimes.

The series didn't last that long, it was actually an odd fit for the mystery series. all of which were contemporary series. McCloud had a cowboy lawman, but it was in present day New York. No other mystery series at the time was set in the past, but the show was actually pretty good and it is rerun sometimes on cable TV.