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Adventures of Nick Carter

USA 1972
produced by
Stanley Kallis, Richard Irving (executive) for Universal/ABC
directed by Paul Krasny
starring Robert Conrad, Shelley Winters, Broderick Crawford, Neville Brand, Pernell Roberts, Pat O'Brien, Sean Garrison, Laraine Stephens, Dean Stockwell, Brooke Bundy, Sorrell Booke, Joe Maross, Ned Glass, Paul Mantee, Jaye P. Morgan, Arlene Martel, Byron Morrow, Arthur Peterson, Booth Colman, Warren Parker, Larry Watson, Leon Lontoc, James McCallion, Charles Davis, William 'Billy' Benedict
written by Ken Pettus, based on a character created by John R.Coryell, Ormond G.Smith, originally published by Street & Smith, music by John Andrew Tartaglia

Nick Carter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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New York, the early 20th century: Nick Carter's (Robert Conrad) best friend is found murdered, and since Nick's a master detective, he proceeds to investigate. His trail soon leads to Freddy Duncan (Dean Stockwell), whose wife the deceased is said to have had an affair with - an encounter that leads to a nightclub brawl ... but the next day, Nick is hired by Freddy's rich dad Otis (Broderick Crawford) to find Freddy's wife - since while Freddy's a useless playboy, she was the only one who took care of Otis.

The nightclub Nick had a brawl in provides a significant clue, as its owner Bess (Shelley Winters) is wearing a set of earrings that once belonged to Freddy's wife - but Bess has Nick thrown out of the club. No matter, so he tracks down Bess's boyfriend Deams (Sean Garrison), who is said to have eloped with Freddy's wife - but once he has found him, too much in the story doesn't add up. Then the body of Freddy's wife is found while Deams is murdered and evidence is planted on him to suggest he has killed her. It doesn't need Nick long to notive there's fishy (and he's right, even Freddy's wife's body isn't really hers), which is only confirmed when Bess hires him to find Deams' killer. Further investigations lead Nick to none other than the chief of police (Neville Brand), who has orchestrated the whole thing, with the help of Bess, deams, and ... someone from the Duncan family. After Nick dukes it out with the chief of police on a rooftop that ends with the chief of police falling to his death, he pays another visit to the Duncans to finger out the real baddie of the piece - and it's not young hothead Freddy but his older, more level-headed brother Neal (Pernell Roberts), who has had the hots for Freddy's wife for quite a while, but when the turned him down for the umpteenth time, he seems to have snapped and ... well, that got the whole thing rolling.


In parts, The Adventures of Nick Carter is an enjoyably old-fashioned (even for 1972) murder mystery of the dime novel-variety, with all the elements in place: Some far-fetched deductions and even further-fetched plottwists, some nightclub scenery including a bit of sleaze to spice things up (though firmly within good-taste-parameters), the occasional fistfight just to keep things going, and whatnot.

On the other hand though (and this is probably why this pilot was never picked up for a series), the whole thing is also over-convoluted, at times fails to make all that much sense, and is a bit on the wordy side. And while most of the supporting cast is brilliant, Robert Conrad just doesn't totally cut it as the lead.

Well, it's ok TV entertainment I guess, but there's definite room for improvement.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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