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Manhunter, The

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (USA)
22 x 60 minute episodes

Quinn Martin finally found a way to recycle all the old cars and tommy guns left over from the days when he was producing The Untouchables . . .


Debuting on CBS on Wednesday 11 September 1974 The Manhunter was another crime series set during the depression years of the 1930s – only this time the settings were mainly rural, and the hero was a farmer who moonlighted as a crime fighter.

Every week Dave Barrett – an ex-marine who had lost his best friend during a bank robbery – jumped down from his tractor and hit the road in pursuit of another gang of varmints.

His missions took him all over the country and he only returned home to visit his sister, Lizabeth (Hilary Thompson), his father, James (Ford Rainey) and his mother, Mary, (Claudia Bryar).

“I figure you’re the man for the job,” said one employer. “They’re animals, Barrett. Human ones, but they kill like a pack of hungry jackals.”

Barrett (Ken Howard) was a rugged 6-foot-6 and carried a shotgun, a rifle and a handgun in the secret panels of his car.

Dave Barrett
Ken Howard


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