Tightrope (TV series)

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Tightrope
Tightrope Mike Connors 1960.JPG
Mike Connors with Laura Snowden (left) and Claire Kelly, 1960.
GenreCrime drama
Created byClarence Greene
Russell Rouse
Written byFrederick Brady
Berne Giler
Clarence Greene
Steven Ritch
Russell Rouse
Al C. Ward
Directed byAbner Biberman
Irving J. Moore
Russell Rouse
Oscar Rudolph
StarringMike Connors
Theme music composerGeorge Duning
Opening themeVic Schoen & Orchestra
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes37
Production
Producer(s)Clarence Greene
Russell Rouse
CinematographyScotty Welbourne
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Greene-Rouse Productions
Screen Gems Television
DistributorColumbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original runSeptember 8, 1959 (1959-09-08) – September 13, 1960 (1960-09-13)
 
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Tightrope
Tightrope Mike Connors 1960.JPG
Mike Connors with Laura Snowden (left) and Claire Kelly, 1960.
GenreCrime drama
Created byClarence Greene
Russell Rouse
Written byFrederick Brady
Berne Giler
Clarence Greene
Steven Ritch
Russell Rouse
Al C. Ward
Directed byAbner Biberman
Irving J. Moore
Russell Rouse
Oscar Rudolph
StarringMike Connors
Theme music composerGeorge Duning
Opening themeVic Schoen & Orchestra
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes37
Production
Producer(s)Clarence Greene
Russell Rouse
CinematographyScotty Welbourne
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Greene-Rouse Productions
Screen Gems Television
DistributorColumbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original runSeptember 8, 1959 (1959-09-08) – September 13, 1960 (1960-09-13)

Tightrope is an American crime drama series that aired on CBS from September 1959 to September 1960, under the alternate sponsorship of the J.B. Williams Company (Aqua Velva, Lectric Shave, etc.), and American Tobacco (Pall Mall). Produced by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene in association with Screen Gems, the series stars Mike Connors as an undercover agent named "Nick" who was assigned to infiltrate criminal gangs. The show was to have originally been titled Undercover Man but it was changed before going to air.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Mike Connors' character would narrate the episode, echoing film noir technique. Police often did not know that Nick was working for the law, thus he was in danger from both the good guys and the bad guys. A special gimmick was that in addition to a gun in a shoulder holster, he carried a second gun snubnosed revolver in a holster behind his back; he was often searched by both cops and bad guys, but they stopped searching after finding the first gun.

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Cancellation[edit]

Despite the show's popularity, it was canceled after one season. Mike Connors stated in an interview that the show's sponsor refused the network's request to move it to a later time slot on a different day. When CBS head Jim Aubrey stated the show was going to move, take it or leave it, the sponsor dropped Tightrope, and underwrote another program on another network. Connors also did not want suggested changes to the show to turn into an hour format with a sidekick. He thought such an alteration would eliminate the suspense element of the program.[2]Also, another factor in the show's eventual cancellation were complaints concerning its alleged excessive violence.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tightrope!". Broadcasting (Cahners Pub. Co.) 56: 71. 1959. 
  2. ^ pp. 29–30 Weaver, Tom Mike Connors Interview in Eye on Science Fiction, 2003, McFarland
  3. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/tightrope/
  4. ^ http://ctva.biz/US/Crime/Tightrope.htm

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