Amos Burke was a Los Angeles chief of detectives who was also a millionaire with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion, and a high-wheeling lifestyle. This series was noted for its ...
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This brief revival of the 1960s cop thriller continued the adventures of Amos Burke, a senior Los Angeles police officer and millionaire. By now, Burke was a widower with a son, Peter, who ... See full summary »
Amos Burke was a Los Angeles chief of detectives who was also a millionaire with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion, and a high-wheeling lifestyle. This series was noted for its glamorous, sophisticatedy settings, unusual twists on formula homicide plots, and big-name guest stars. After a couple of seasons, its format was radically revamped. Burke left the police force and became an agent for US intelligence, and, the show's name changed; Amos Burke; Secret Agent. Burke's adventures were briefly revived in 1994, under the original title.Written by
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Amos Burke became a slightly different character in this series from the fellow he had been in "Who Killed Julie Greer", the opening episode of "The Dick Powell Show" from which this was spun off. Dick Powell, who had originally played him, died a few months before the series began to air, and Gene Barry, his replacement in the part, was some fifteen years younger. The character became much suaver, with emphasis on his designer clothes, his upper-crust social status and his playboy life-style. Also, Burke had now received a promotion in his police career, becoming a captain instead of an inspector. See more »
In the opening credits, the title of the show was always announced by the voice of a woman saying, VERY seductively, "Burke's Law". See more »
Some "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" syndication prints retain that title sequence, but with the title changed to "Burke's Law" and a male announcer speaking the title (as with the original "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" episodes). See more »
Gene Barry was GQ gorgeous and everything to go with it, but he carried it well, even with nice affection at times. The only thing was that he was unreasonably flippant and dismissive about interrupting the cozy scene and the entire date when he got a call to investigate a murder. There was a definite impression that he had not given any preparation and just switched to something like handing out the breaks. Needlessly callous detachment. Not cool. Today's womens groups would have howled at the offput.
But this is a well done vehicle that worked over and over without seeming formulaic. Very professional cast. One appreciates the kinder, gentler relating and respect afforded overall. How great to have these around and be able to catch what you missed. They should have kept this very special program going instead of becoming a much weaker link in the crowded spy game going on at the time. Even without the star studded lineup each time, it was a winning combination.
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