Wade Griffin

Created by Larry Cohen

"The Voice of Doom" as a P.I.?

Pa Cartwright as a shamus?

Canada's own Lorne Greene (why do you think they call it a "Greene card"?) played WADE "GRIFF" GRIFFIN, a veteran LAPD captain who resigned from the force after thirty years of service over a matter of principle, but stormed right back into the game after witnessing his son's murder and his grandson's kidnapping. At least, that's how the pilot for this short-lived TV series played.

The action in the series itself took place long after the killing and kidnapping had occured, and featured Griffin running his newly-opened Wade Griffin Investigations, aided by his young partner, Mike Murdoch, and their faithful secretary Gracie. Wade made his home in the "swinging, youth-oriented Westwood section of Los Angeles."

Yeah, when you think of swinging youth, the first name you think of is... Lorne Greene.

Curiously, the pilot never aired until a year and a half after the series had sputtered and died. and to add insult to injury, one of the few available examples of this show is a bashed-together made-for-TV flick released for syndication that slapped together two unconnected episodes

FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY

  • "It's nice to know something (Dellaventura) finally came along to knock off Lorne Greene's Griff (1973) as the worst TV eye of all time, but it took more than twenty years!"

-- Ted Fitzgerald

TRIVIA

  • Early in his career, Greene auditioned for an announcing job with Canada's CBC and soon became one of their most prominent newscasters. But during the early years of World War II, when every night seemed to bring more bad news from the front, he earned the nickname, the Voice of Doom.

TELEVISION

  • GRIFF
    (1973-74, ABC)
    12 60-minute episodes
    Premiere: September 29, 1973
    Created by Larry Cohen
    Directed by Boris Sagal
    Produced by David Victor, for Universal
    Starring Lorne Greene as WADE GRIFFIN
    with Ben Murphy as Mike Murdoch
    Patricia Stich as Gracie Newcombe
    and Vic Tayback as Captain Barney Marcus
    Also starring James Olson, Lee H. Montgomery, Lorraine Gary, Brooke Bundy, Ken Swofford, Scatman Crothers
    Guest stars: Sharon Dennis, Barbara Feldon, Jared Martin, Mark Miller, Pat Crowley, Robert Sampson, Scatman Crothers, Sal Mineo

  • "The Framing of Billy the Kid" (September 29, 1973)
  • "Death by Prescription" (October 6, 1973)
  • "All the Lonely People" (October 13, 1973)
  • "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" (October 20, 1973)
  • "Marked for Murder" October 27, 1973)
  • "The Last Ballad" Episode (November 10, 1973)
  • "Countdown to Terror" (November 17, 1973)
  • "Elephant in a Cage" (November 24, 1973)
  • "His Name Was Nancy" (December 8, 1973)
  • "Hammerlocke" (December 15, 1973)
  • "Isolate and Destroy" (December 22, 1973)
  • "Fugitive from Fear" (January 5, 1974)

  • DEATH FOLLOWS A PSYCHO,. Watch it now
    (1973)
    Made-for-TV movie

Not really a made-for-TV movie, but a clunky mash-up of two previously aired episodes,"Countdown to Terror" (November 17, 1973) and "Elephant in a Cage" (November 24, 1973) for the syndication market.

  • MAN ON THE OUTSIDE
    (1975, ABC)
    Pilot for already-cancelled series
    First aired June 29, 1975
    Teleplay by Larry Cohen
    Directed by Boris Sagal
    Produced by George Eckstein
    Executive Producer: David Victor, for Universal
    Starring Lorne Greene as WADE GRIFFIN
    Also starring James Olson, Lee H. Montgomery, Lorraine Gary, Brooke Bundy, Ken Swofford, Scatman Crothers

NOVELIZATION

  • Griff (1973, by Robert Weverka)

RELATED LINKS

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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