Monday, November 30, 2009

Watch MONK: Mr. Monk and the Dog

Counting down to the final episode of Monk!

Season 8, Episode 11 - watch it free!

(Expires December 13, 2009)


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF

Spotlighting the great main titles from classic mystery/crime television shows ...

IT TAKES A THIEF
Jazz artist Dave Grusin provided the snazzy theme for this 1968-1970 adventure series. A young Robert Wagner starred as Alexander Mundy, a smooth, sophisticated playboy and burglar recruited by the government. As described by TV.com: Alexander Mundy was a cat burglar and professional thief who had style, class and talent. He made only one mistake -- getting caught. While serving a sentence in San Jobel Prison, he was contacted by representatives of the US Government spy agency, SIA. They offered to get him out if he would put his talents to work stealing for the government. Accepting the offer, he worked closely with an SIA department head, Noah Bain, who was his boss, aide, associate, friend and watchdog. During the second season he was now a free agent and his new SIA contact was Wallie Powers. Alexander's dad Alister became a semi-regular who was also a retired thief, from whom he had learned all his skills, and who occasionally teamed with his son on special jobs.



Buy Online:It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series

Summary and episode guide at TV.com.

Two versions of the theme at Mark Little's MyThemes.TV.

More opening credits and themes:
MANNIX
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
MONK
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
PERRY MASON

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Watch MONK: Mr. Monk and Sharona

Counting down to the final Monk!

Season 8, Episode 10

(Expires December 5, 2009)


Monday, November 23, 2009

Crime TV Themes: NBC MYSTERY MOVIE

Spotlighting the great opening themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

THE NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
While The NBC Mystery Movie was not the first series to employ the "wheel" format, rotating several different series in the same slot, it is certainly one of the best-remembered. The haunting theme music was composed by Henry Mancini (1924-1994), Academy Award-winning American composer, conductor and arranger. His film work ranged from The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Touch of Evil to the Pink Panther films. He was nominated for an amazing 72 Grammys (winning 20), and nominated for 18 Oscars (winning four). He won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmys.

The NBC Mystery Movie aired 1971-1977, anchored by three main series: The most popular of these, the multiple Emmy-winning Columbo, featured Peter Falk as the disarming yet brilliant LAPD homicide detective. McCloud starred Dennis Weaver as a modern-day western Marshal transplanted from New Mexico to the streets of New York City. McMillan and Wife starred Rock Hudson and Susan St. James as a San Francisco Police Commissioner and his wife.

In subsequent seasons, the wheel grew to include other sleuths to varying success, including Hec Ramsey, starring Richard Boone as a turn-of-the-century Western crime fighter, and Quincy, M.E., starring Jack Klugman as a Los Angeles medical examiner. Quincy, in fact, spun off in early 1977 as a regular weekly series, to have a successful run of its own on NBC.

Even after the cancellation of The NBC Mystery Movie, Falk resumed the role of Columbo several more times over the following 25 years.

OPENING MAIN TITLES


Listen to the Mystery Movie Theme at TV Theme Tunes Online

NBC Mystery Movie profile at Museum of Broadcast Communications

All sorts of Columbo info at The Ultimate Lieutenant Columbo Site

Watch episodes free online at Netflix:
COLUMBO (Seasons 1-7)
MCCLOUD (Seasons 1-7)
MCMILLAN AND WIFE (Seasons 1-6)
QUINCY (Seasons 1-8)





More themes and main title sequences:
Crime TV Themes: GET SMART
Crime TV Themes: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER
Crime TV Themes: DRAGNET
Crime TV Themes: MONK
Crime TV Themes: IT TAKES A THIEF

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Watch episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1954)

The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes (Ronald Howard) as he, Dr. Watson (Howard Marion-Crawford), and Inspector Lestrade (Archie Duncan) battle criminals in London. (39 episodes) Wikipedia entry: Sherlock Holmes (1954 TV series)

Watch free episodes online at Hulu.com


Documentary: THE MANY FACES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES


Monday, November 16, 2009

Edward Woodward (1930-2009)

TV legend Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer," "Callan") passed away today at 79. He will be missed.

Watch the opening credits sequences for his shows "The Equalizer" and "Callan" at Crime TV.

Obituary: Edward Woodward Telegraph.co.uk
UK's Edward Woodward, Star of 'The Wicker Man,' Dies at 79 Bloomberg
Wicker Man, Equalizer actor Edward Woodward dies Reuters
'Equalizer' star Edward Woodward dies at 79 The Associated Press
Actor Edward Woodward dies at 79 BBC News

Crime TV Themes: THE EQUALIZER

Spotlighting the great themes and opening credit sequences from crime, mystery, and detective television shows ...

THE EQUALIZER
"Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." This 1985-89 CBS series starred imposing British actor Edward Woodward as guilt-ridden ex-espionage agent Robert McCall (a character with more than a passing resemblance to the troubled government assassin Woodward portrayed in the 1967-72 British spy series Callan). For four seasons, The Equalizer's McCall used his professional skills to aid "helpless people beset by human predators in the urban jungle, usually free of charge."

The dark, yet driving theme music was created by Stewart Copeland, whose scores also include the films Rumblefish (1983), Highlander II (1991) and Wall Street (1993). Best known as drummer for The Police, Copeland directed the recent DVD release Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out (Hip-O Records), compiled from his Super 8 footage for an intimate look at what it was like to be a member of one of the world's biggest rock bands from 1978 to 1984.

THE EQUALIZER MAIN TITLES


CALLAN MAIN TITLES


Listen to The Equalizer theme courtesy Mark Little's MyThemes.TV
Edward Woodward bio at The Museum of Broadcast Communications
The Equalizer at Thrilling Detective
Callan at Television Heaven

More themes and main titles:
PETER GUNN
STARSKY & HUTCH
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
BONES
THE ROCKFORD FILES

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Who knew the Starsky and Hutch theme had words?

Apparently in some parts of the world there are words to the theme for '70s cop show Starsky & Hutch. Listen:



You can watch the more familiar opening credits here:
Crime TV Themes: STARSKY & HUTCH

More classic TV opening credits here:
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW
THE AVENGERS (plus THE NEW AVENGERS)
MONK
MANNIX

Crime TV on DVD