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Quotes (493)

  • (out in the desert looking for a fugitive in hiding, after finding his broken down car) McCloud: Hey, look at that old bird (vulture) up there. He's out kinda early, isn't he? You get the feelin' that he knows something? Huh? (pause) Ah, it's an awful shame about your machine; they don't run too good without water. (pause) Nearest pump's quite a good walk - 54 statue miles. Boy it's warm isn't it? I expect close to 100, ought to get up to 110 by noon. (pause) Well, you enjoy your stay, y' hear. (pause) Oh, by the way, if you're planning to hitch a ride out of here, uh, well you might get lucky, there's a cattle truck comes by every couple of months. Fugitive: Hold it. Now what makes you think I won't shoot you? McCloud: Well, it crossed my mind, but I decided against it. Fugitive: Throw down your car keys. McCloud: Well, I hid them under a rock, back there away. Take you about six weeks to find them. And don't start counting down on me because I don't think you're carrying a piece. (prepares to leave) All right. Fugitive: (coming out of hiding) Marshal. McCloud: (with his gun drawn) Name's McCloud, Deputy Marshal, Las Cruces District, New Mexico. Fugitive: Well, that's real nice. McCloud: Get over here and turn around and get your hands behind your back. (handcuffing him) Hate to be so formal with you. Accordin' to the law, I'm supposed to inform you of your rights. Fugitive: There's no need for that. McCloud: All boils down to 'keep your mouth shut'.

  • Sgt. Broadhurst: What about McCloud? Chief Clifford: McCloud? Couldn't find the Empire State building on a clear day. Sgt. Broadhurst: OK with you if I keep an eye on him? Chief Clifford: What for? Sgt. Broadhurst: Because a fish out of water sometimes learns to crawl. Chief Clifford: (laughs) You know, I think you need a vacation. Sgt. Broadhurst: McCloud's a stranger here, he might see things we city boys take for granted. You know where he is now? Chief Clifford: Yeah, I know he's casing the hotel. That's what I call computerized efficiency. He goes to the scene of the crime more than a year after it's happened. Sgt. Broadhurst: Grabs you, doesn't it? Chief Clifford: Yeah.

  • (walking over to Sgt. Broadhurst, who is sitting in his car tailing him) McCloud: Good mornin'. Sgt. Broadhurst: What do you say? McCloud: Oh, nothin' much. I just thought I'd fill you in on the rest of my schedule. Save you a little time and trouble. Sgt. Broadhurst: When'd you spot me? McCloud: Back aways, when you first started trackin' me. I wouldn't worry about it none. I used to spot bobcat and quail out a tail a mile. Sgt. Broadhurst: We're just keeping tabs, in case you spot a bobcat. McCloud: Sure welcome to tag along.

  • McCloud: What's the name o' that hotel we're staying at? Mason: George V [Cinq]. McCloud: That ought not to be too hard to remember. George swam? No, George Sank.

  • Inspector Prideaux: Marshal McCloud? McCloud: That's me. Inspector Prideaux: I recognize you by your cowboy hat.

  • McCloud: Whereabouts do ya hang your flight bag? Anne: I hang my flight bag at the Pension du Faisan d'Or. McCloud: You're gonna have to say that twice, just for me to misunderstand it.

  • Det. Polk: We're going to Paris? Sgt. Broadhurst: McCloud says it's a heavy emergency. That calls for heavy reinforcements.

  • McCloud: (deep in thought listening to earphones on airliner) I beg your pardon, I was plugged into a little opera there. Stewardess: Would you prefer the lobster à l'américaine or the bœuf bourguignon? McCloud: American lobster oughta hit the spot.

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Notes (73)

  • Additional Credits: "Another Way" lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. Title & Opitcal Effects: Universal Title

  • Peter Mark Richman plays Chief Peter B. Clifford in this series pilot. Richman would be replaced by J.D. Cannon once McCloud began its run as a regular series on NBC.

  • Additional Credits: Based on Characters Created by: HERMAN MILLER Titles & Optical Effects: UNIVERSAL TITLE

  • Additional Credits: Based on Characters Created by: HERMAN MILLER Titles & Optical Effects: UNIVERSAL TITLE

  • Lorraine Gary is billed as a Special Guest Star in the opening credits.

  • Chief Clifford is a Lieutenant. In the next season, he is a Captain ("Encounter with Aries").

  • Additional Credits: Based on Characters Created by: HERMAN MILLER Titles & Optical Effects: UNIVERSAL TITLE

  • Iris McKensie is so spelled in the opening credits.

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Trivia (48)

  • In this episode we learn that Chris Coughlin's full first name is Christine.

  • In this series pilot, McCloud takes a few sips of sour mash whiskey while riding in the limo with Craig Stevens' character but in later episodes McCloud would be a teetotaler.

  • McCloud reveals that he attended junior high in the town of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

  • Ted Callender's show is titled Overkill and is performed at the Theatre de Lys.

  • It's revealed in this episode that McCloud has no middle name.

  • Officer Keach, according to her file, is 5'4", 36-24-35 (Badge No. 2006).

  • Susan St. James would later star in the NBC Mystery Movie series "McMillan & Wife" as the wife of Police Commissioner Stewart McMillan (Rock Hudson).

  • Sgt. Dameron's desk plate reads F.J. Dameron, but Chief Clifford refers to her as D.J. Dameron, possibly reflecting the discrepancy in this first season between his own desk plate and given name.

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Allusions (16)

  • Marshal McCloud picks up a suspect in New Mexico, escorts him to New York City and loses him in the process. This scenario was a plot from the 1968 film "Coogan's Bluff", on which the series was loosely based.

  • I thought that was Zane Grey Refers to Zane Grey (1872–1939), a popular American author best known for novels and stories of adventure which presented the rugged Old West in an idealized image.

  • Lead on, MacDuff The origin of this phrase is the Shakespearean play Macbeth. In actuality, it is a misquote as Macbeth's actual line in the play is "Lay on Macduff, and damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'" All the world's a stage The origin of this phrase is the Shakespearean play As You Like It. The context of the quote is: All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.

  • All's Well That Ends Well is the name of a play written by William Shakespeare.

  • The title of this episode comes from a line spoken by James Cagney in the classic 1949 gangster film White Heat.

  • Theater Marquees: (Various)
    Robert Sparr's More Dead Than Alive, Gordon Parks' Shaft, Jack Haley, Jr.'s The Love Machine, James Goldstone's Brother John, Dick Clement's A Severed Head, and Roger Corman's It Conquered the World.

  • Field & Stream Field & Stream is a magazine published in the United States which features articles on hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. It was founded in 1873 by Charles Hallock in New York City and has been in print ever since (as at 2008). Its original name was Forest and Stream.

  • Hippocratic Oath Chris is referring to the oath of ethical practice of medicine taken by doctors. The oath is named after the Greek man Hippocrates, who is known as the father of modern medicine. It is widely believed that he wrote the oath in the 4th century BC.

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