William Devane starred as tough guy JAKE RUBIDOUX in ther 1982 TV pilot The Big Easy (not to be confused with the 1986 Dennis Quaid/Ellen Barkin flick).
Jake was a clarinet-playing gumshoe who hung out at "The Big Easy," a joint in the French Quarter run by a friend of his. In the pilot, Jake gets roped by a wealthy Texan into looking for his missing daughter -- unaware he's actually fingering the girl for an assassin.
He hits plenty of New Orleans landmarks in his endeavours; his legwork apparently not discouraged by what one person who's actually seen it remembers as "a rather syrupy Creole score."
But by most accounts, it was decent enough, even garnering an Emmy nod (to writer Lee Hutson for Best Television Feature or Miniseries). Alas, it didn't win. And the pilot failed to get picked up.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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