152. Incident in the Desert
John H. Elgin, Frank V. Taylor, Harold D. Boggs, Collier M. Sampson: Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property - Major Theft .
Original air date: 20 December 1970
Inspector Erskine catches up with four jewel thieves in a deserted ghost town. This episode is another well-produced show that features superb acting, especially from Dabney Coleman and Clint Howard. And it is Clint Howard’s character who saves the townspeople, when he broadcasts on ham radio.
- FBI Carousel Bulletin: S.A.C. Lawrence Douglas reappears after three years and with a different face. David Brandon takes over from Robert Knapp.
- Well-produced 4-wheel-drive (Ford Broncos) chase scene in the desert, in which the bad guys shoot out the tires of the good guy. Just as the bad guys are about to capture the good guy, the good inspector (with Colby) drops in by helicopter to save the day.
Clint Howard is the younger brother of actor/director Ron Howard, who appeared on the show two years before. Clint had starred in the 1967-69 CBS series Gentle Ben with Dennis Weaver. Mr. Weaver was just beginning his run in the title role of the New York City-based Western McCloud in 1970.
|Steve Ihnat||John H. Elgin|
|Charles Robinson||Frank V. Taylor|
|Ross Hagen||Harold D. Boggs|
|Richard Evans||Collier M. Sampson|
|Dabney Coleman||Ty Williams|
|Clint Howard||Josh Cobb|
|Paul Carr||Jerry Tolan|
|Herb Armstrong||Mr. Miller|
|Shirley O’Hara||Mrs. Miller|
|Neil Russell||Henry Cobb|
|Regis Cordic||Mr. Austin|
|David Brandon||S.A.C. Lawrence Douglas|
|Paul Todd||Special Agent Carter|
|Dallas Mitchell||S.A.C. Taft|
|Maurice Meyer||F.B.I. Artist|
|Craig Guenther||F.B.I. Agent|
|Corinne Camacho||Andrea Phillips|
|Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Written by: Mark Weingart