Season 5 Episode 6

The Man with the Golden Hat

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 1975 on NBC
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The Man with the Golden Hat
After hanging his Stetson in a diner one night, McCloud is stymied by various attempts to relieve him of it. His clues lead to a ballet company on the verge of folding, and a philanthropic foundation with millions of dollars missing from its account books.

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  • The story of a ballet company on the run from its creditors and the attempts to snatch McCloud's Stetson hat is in fact skilfully crafted, with levels beside the police story, It's also one of thge funniest of the show.moreless

    A high point of the show's entire run, this eoisode is elaborate, comical, very skilfully edited and with great photography (notably of the San Francisco Ballet, who performed in stage scenes). The storyline of a ballet company on the point of folding, a bank account heist and the role of McCloud's Stetson in all this is kept in the dark for much of the episode; we're as bewilered as McCloud and the N.Y. police.

    By a twist of fate, I've seen it twice, first as a kid, subtitled in Swedish - McCloud was part of the flow of american crime tv exported ever since the sixties. This episode, in particular, caught the attention of me and my brother, and for years afterward we'd quote the lines tossed here netween McCloud and Chief Clifford ("Three men have died because of that silly Stetson of yours", "Is this supposed to be a code? A ball rolled out of town, la-la"). Ten years later, the city was one of the first in Sweden to get cable tv to ordinary residential areas. One night I was dozingly watching west German tv when McCloud came on and - hey, it's *that* episode!! By another lucky twist, my two years-elder was also at home. So we got to see the thing again, this time dubbed into German, while in cult film style we'd quote some of the lines from ten years before. A truly bizarre tv viewing experience.

    It turned out that this particular one had been singled out as a film on its own and run outside the series. Seeing it again I recognized that it's no ordinary cop thriller, it evolves in a series of mistakes and deliberate ironies to an elusive crime behind the story. The point that McCloud is still bit of a stranger in the Big Apple helps to drive sthe story forward, and it does have kind of a cult reputation.moreless
Ken Lynch

Ken Lynch

Detective Grover

Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver

Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud, Taos, New Mexico

Terry Carter

Terry Carter

Sergeant Joe Broadhurst

J.D. Cannon

J.D. Cannon

Peter B. Clifford, Chief of Detectives, City of New York

Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith

Margaret Hart

Guest Star

Don Ameche

Don Ameche

René Jauvert

Guest Star

Robert Webber

Robert Webber

Fritz August

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is one of five episodes featuring Rick Weaver. He is the son of Series Star, Dennis Weaver. In each of his appearances, he plays a different character.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (McCloud takes the comic books to a top cryptologist at the Office of Scientific Intelligence.)
      McCloud: Three men have been killed trying to get this suitcase. As far as I'm concerned that's top priority!
      Garvey: (Aside, to a military aide taking notes.) T.P.

    • (McCloud has the precinct attempting to "decode" the comic books and coloring books found in the suitcase thought to contain the money.)
      Chief Clifford: Now listen to me, all of you! Put down those McCloud encyclopedias and get back to work, or I'll show you funny! I'll show you the code to early retirement!

    • Sgt. Broadhurst: Wait till the press hears about this, three men dead over a bunch of comic books.

    • McCloud: I'll be dipped-a Grand Central Station claim check.

    • McCloud: How's your head?
      Margaret: (Hungover.) It's a timpani section.

    • McCloud: Hey, look Joe, I promise you I didn't get in no trouble.
      Sgt. Broadhurst: No, but your hat did.

    • McCloud: You know, this ballet company is sinkin' faster than a hog in a bog...

    • McCloud: You're shinnyin' up the wrong tree.

    • Chief Clifford: (frustrated with McCloud and the wanted hat) From now on, until this case is solved, I want your head naked.

    • Chief Clifford: Well, congratulations, McCloud. You're now known in journalistic circles as "the man with the golden hat."

    • McCloud: Well if there's no reason, he's got to be insane!
      Sgt. Broadhurst: Ever try to find an empty bed in Bellevue?

    • Chief Clifford: Write this up as one more nut who died by his own cracker.

    • (McCloud at Ben's Diner.)
      McCloud: I think I'm gonna give the bowl o' chili a shot. I ain't had a good bowl o' chili since I came to New York.
      Little Ben: No kidding, you're from out of town?
      MCCloud: Yeah... Taos, New Mexico.
      Little Ben: (Serves chili.) You want crackers with that?
      McCLOUD: Oh yeah, can't eat chili without crackers. (Receives them.) And how about a little Tabasco sauce. (Receives it, holds up empty ketchup bottle.) I think you're a little dry here, ya got any ketchup? (Receives it.) Salt 'n pepper? (Little Ben points.) Sittin' there right in front o' me, if they'd been a snake it woulda bit me. Oh, think you've got some chopped onions, some big Bermuda Reds? (Little Ben rolls his eyes, goes to get onions. McCloud, finally ready to eat, tastes his dinner.) Hey, that's purt near chili.

    • Margaret: What'd you have in mind?
      McCloud: Well, I know a little place that serves up chili. It's not the greatest, but, ya know, ya doctor it up with a little Tabasco sauce, Bermuda Reds-it passes.

    • Garvey: Now don't you blame technology for your failure to bring me something to decode!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The dance sequences were performed by the San Francisco Ballet. Artistic director Lew Christensen and Associate Artistic director Michael Smuin.

      Soloists: Diana Weber and Alexander Filipov; Betsy Erickson and Vane Vest.


      "Variations de Ballet" George Balanchine and Lew Christensen

      "Schubertlade" Michael Smuin

    • Ron Satlof is billed as Ronald Satlof.


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