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Old November 24, 2012, 06:08 AM   #1
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Frank cannon revolver, 70s tv series?

I loved this fat tv detective as a kid, and wish the reruns would return. William Conrad was the actor. I cant remember if he carried a SW 36, or a Colt Detective, but it was a blue snub .38. Anyone know for sure?
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Old November 24, 2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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Looking at the pictures I can find it looks like a Colt DS. Or a model 10 snub.
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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IIRC, watching the series back in the day, it was a Colt DS.


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Old November 24, 2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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Probably the same gun that Peter Gunn used.
Gotta' keep those prop expenses down.
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Old November 24, 2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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And although it was a mere snubby, he never missed!!
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Old November 24, 2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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Yes, he never missed, and he fought pretty good for an old fat guy who smoked a pipe.
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:14 PM   #7
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I can't remember, did Cannon like Steve Mcgarret (Hawaii 5 0) jump out of his car, draw his snubby 38 spl and blow out a tire at 100 yds.
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:35 PM   #8
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MeTV had the "Cannon" series on just a few weeks ago. And like the OP I liked the series and watched it as a kid in the 70s. I think he had a dick special. Thats what it looked like to me.

I also like Jim Rockford "The Rockford Files" and have the complete set on DVDs. He also carried a DS when he totes a gun. I liked it on one episode when he gets his gun out of the cookie jar where he keeps it and the woman asked,

"are you going to shoot them?"

"Naw,you don't shoot 'em, you just point it at 'em."

What great shows they had back then.

Also Cannon had a phone in his car. Rockford had to use payphones but did have an answering machine.
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:43 PM   #9
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Do a google search on William Conrad (Cannon). The guy had a pretty notible career. Anybody remember "Bullwinkle"?
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:46 PM   #10
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I always liked the old TV detective shows and Westerns. Some folks wonder how come the hero never missed, but I explain about shooting ability, practice, and mainly that the script writer was on their side.

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Old November 24, 2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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.44 cal Finger







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Old November 24, 2012, 09:57 PM   #12
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William Conrad was the RADIO Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon.
Wonderful voice for the part.
He probably looked the part more than James Arness, too.
More short tubby lawmen than tall, tall, lanky ones, I bet.
Would have needed a longer moustache, though.
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Old November 24, 2012, 10:36 PM   #13
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More short tubby lawmen than tall, tall, lanky ones, I bet.
I don't know about that. I think folks were lean and better excersized back then. I always makes me laugh when I see civil war reinactors and they are all fat. Those guys were slim from all the marching and the boys from the south looked like scarecrows. They were some very hungry people. And from the photos I have seen from the later western period they didn't look too overfed either.

I think life in the 1840s and even a few decades later were very tough times for most people. I don't think most living today have even the slightest clue what people lived a century ago. Or even what they lived 60-80 years ago.
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Old November 24, 2012, 11:05 PM   #14
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I can't remember, did Cannon like Steve Mcgarret (Hawaii 5 0) jump out of his car, draw his snubby 38 spl and blow out a tire at 100 yds.
I remember a scene where he was bending over a body when the BG appeared on a balcony behind him to his left. Cannon poked his snubby under his left armpit and shot the guy without even looking.

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Old November 24, 2012, 11:26 PM   #15
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william conrad

Could not have been too fat in his younger days, flew fighters in WW2.
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Old November 24, 2012, 11:39 PM   #16
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Old November 25, 2012, 05:59 AM   #17
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www.imfdb.com

got all the info you'd need I reckon
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Old November 25, 2012, 12:44 PM   #18
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A 400% screen blowup shows me it's a 6-shot DS




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Old November 25, 2012, 02:23 PM   #19
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Well, pictures don't lie. I thought I saw an ejector rod, but couldn't see it on the Youtube clips. Thanks Guys. Now I just hope they bring back the reruns!
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Old November 25, 2012, 03:21 PM   #20
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I only seen one episode where anti-gunner, in real life, steve mcgarret(five-o) have a gun in his hand and it was for just a few seconds.
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Old November 25, 2012, 03:32 PM   #21
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Cannon used to look extra hefty to me when I was a kid, he looked like he was really giving the shocks on his Lincoln a work out.

Now in 2012, he looks the same size as the average American standing in line at Cinnabon.

As an aside, IIRC McGarret shot down a helicopter with his snub.
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Old November 25, 2012, 03:58 PM   #22
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Conrad was not offered the job of Matt Dillon on TV because of his size. It was an interesting radio cast . Parley Bear of Keebler Cookie fame was Chester and Doc was Floyd the Barber from the Andy Griffith Show. I don't recall his real name at the moment.
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Old November 27, 2012, 08:36 AM   #23
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>>he fought pretty good for an old fat guy who smoked a pipe.<<

And you can't forget his trademark "rabbit punch"!
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Old November 27, 2012, 09:05 AM   #24
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Back in my younger days, I was saddled with the nickname "Cannon" when I reported to a new job, because one of my co-workers thought the TV character looked like me. They even produced a hard hat with the name on it for me.
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Old November 27, 2012, 10:00 AM   #25
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Jack Lord was seen many times throughout the run of the original Hawaii Five-O carrying and using a Colt Detective Special, S&W Model 36 and even an M1 carbine. He was a rabid anti-gun owner in real life. Something of a hypocrite.

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