OS DETETIVES, serie de televisão dos anos setenta, que fez um enorme sucesso no Brasil, na realidade eram três series da televisão americana reunidas como se fossem uma só por aqui. Eram os episódios de COLUMBO, MCMILAN E ESPOSA e McCLOUD.

COLUMBO, o mais famoso era o detetive da Policia de Los Angeles, vivido com maestria por Peter Falk e que tinha como característica levar o suspeito a loucura voltando a interroga-lo dezenas de vezes sempre com perguntas mais incisivas, como se fosse a ultima questão. Entre tantas curiosidades da serie, esta o fato de ter na lista de diretores nomes como Steven Spielberg, John Cassavetes, Jonathan Demme, Jeannot Szwarc e Ted Post. Nas participações especiais, atores como Janet Leigh, Ida Lupino, Leonard Nimmoy, Martin Sheen, Sal Mineo, Gena Rowlands, Vincent Price, Robert Loggia, Susan Howard, Mel Ferrer e muitos outros. COLUMBO durou 13 temporadas e ganhou 2 Globos de Ouro e 6 Emmys de Melhor Serie.

McMILLAN E ESPOSA trazia a historia do Comissário de Policia de São Francisco Stuart McMillan e sua esposa Sally, vividos por Rock Hudson e Susan Saint James, envolvidos sempre com criminosos de alta periculosidade. Normalmente a esposa se envolvia nos casos e corria perigo. O Sargento Enright era tão leal quanto atrapalhado, mas estava sempre junto ao Comissário. Durou 6 temporadas.

McCLOUD (Dennis Weaver) era um xerife do Novo México que tinha uma missão temporária na Policia de Nova Iorque. Enlouquecia seu Chefe, o rabugento Peter Clifford, vivido por J.D.Cannon. A serie se originou no filme MEU NOME E COOGAN, de Don Siegel, estrelado por Clint Eastwood.

Vistos hoje os telefilmes mantem a classe de suas narrativas, mas existe uma certa ingenuidade em muitas de suas historias. De qualquer forma, marcaram época seja pela categoria dos atores envolvidos, seja pela herança que deixaram para a series policiais que vieram depois, inspiradas nestes detetives.

 

NBC MISTERY MOVIE, a TV series of the seventies, which made a huge success in Brazil, in reality were three series of American television assembled as if they were one. They were the episodes COLUMBO, McMILLAN AND WIFE and McCLOUD.

COLUMBO, the most famous was a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, played masterfully by Peter Falk and had the characteristic to become the suspect crazy by returning to interrogate him dozens of times always with one more question, as if it were the last one. Among the many curiosities of the series, it is the fact that the list of directors has names like Steven Spielberg, John Cassavetes, Jonathan Demme, Jeannot Szwarc and Ted Post. In cameos, actors like Janet Leigh, Ida Lupino, Leonard Nimmoy, Martin Sheen, Sal Mineo, Gena Rowlands, Vincent Price, Robert Loggia, Susan Howard, Mel Ferrer and many others. COLUMBO lasted 13 seasons and won two Golden Globes and 6 Emmys for Best Series.

McMILLAN AND WIFE brought the Police Commissioner of of San Francisco, Stuart McMillan and his wife Sally, played by Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James, always involved with highly dangerous criminals. Usually the wife was involved in the case and always in danger. Sergeant Enright was as loyal as troubled, but he was always with the Commissioner. It lasted 6 seasons.

McCLOUD was a sheriff of New Mexico who had a temporary assignment in the Police Department in New York. Mad with him all the time, his chief, the angry Peter Clifford, played by J.D.Cannon. The series was originated by the film COOGAN’S BLUFF, by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood.

Viewed today these telefilms keep the class of their stories, but they have a certain naivety in many of their stories. Anyway, they have a strong category of the actors involved, and the legacy they left to all the police series that followed them, based on these detectives.