Saturday, June 24, 2017

Forgotten TV: McCoy (1975)

Four years after he teamed with Roger Moore in the British series, The Persuaders, Tony Curtis returned to television, this time in a NBC Sunday Mystery Movie entry, McCoy.

McCoy is a con man who, with the aid of a few close friends, turns the tables on other con artists and assorted other bad guys. Unfortunately, Universal had also developed a similar series, Switch, for CBS, which bowed the same season (1975-6). In a way, McCoy also had a spiritual ancestor in Four Star's short-lived The Rogues, 11 years earlier. This is significant when you look at the following video montage, which collects clips from each of the episodes.

Lloyd Bridges (Joe Forrester) narrates. Roscoe Lee Browne co-stars with Curtis, and you'll see Larry Hagman as a villain in the montage. Hagman had joined the cast of The Rogues during its run, before I Dream of Jeannie turned him into a cultural icon.

Curtis would fare a little bit better when he joined the cast of Aaron Spelling's Vega$ a few years later.

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