A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
9/29/1971 McMillan & Wife
September 29, 1971. McMillan & Wife premiered on this day. It was one of three spokes of NBC Mystery Movie, along with Columbo and McCloud. It starred Rock Hudson as the San Francisco police commissioner and Susan St. James as his wife. Like all police commissioners, Mac wandered around solving crimes with his spouse.
Okay, maybe it wasn't very realistic, but it was good fun and gave steady work to the wonderful Nancy Walker and John Schuck. Plus, they based a few episodes on some tales of Edward D. Hoch. Huh, TV based on detective short stories. What a great idea, he said, completely without personal motive.