Dan August

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Dan August
Burt Reynolds Dan August.JPG
Reynolds as Dan August.
Starring Burt Reynolds
Norman Fell
Ned Romero
Richard Anderson
Opening theme "Dan August Theme" by Dave Grusin
Composer(s) Dave Grusin
Dave Vincent (pilot only)
Richard Markowitz
Tom Scott
Patrick Williams
Duane Tatro
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Quinn Martin
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 mins.
Production company(s) QM Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution (syndication)
Original network ABC
Original release September 23, 1970 (1970-09-23) – April 8, 1971 (1971-04-08)

Dan August is an American crime drama series which aired on ABC from September 23, 1970, to April 8, 1971. Burt Reynolds played the title character. Reruns of the series aired in prime time on CBS from May to October 1973 and from April to June 1975.


Reynolds stars as police lieutenant Dan August who investigates homicide cases in his (fictional) hometown of Santa Luisa, California. (The town is supposedly based on Santa Barbara but was filmed in Oxnard in Ventura County.) Other cast members include Norman Fell as August's partner, Sergeant Charles Wilentz; Richard Anderson as Police Chief Untermeyer; Ned Romero as Sergeant Joe Rivera; and Ena Hartman as Katie Grant. Barney Martin and Meg Foster had recurring roles.


Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Murder by Proxy" George McCowan Robert C. Dennis September 23, 1970 (1970-09-23)
2 "The Murder of a Small Town" Harvey Hart Robert Dozier September 30, 1970 (1970-09-30)
3 "Love Is a Nickel Bag" George McCowan Arthur Weingarten October 7, 1970 (1970-10-07)
4 "The King Is Dead" Gene Nelson Jack Turley October 14, 1970 (1970-10-14)
5 "In the Eyes of God" Harvey Hart Barry Trivers October 21, 1970 (1970-10-21)
6 "The Color of Fury" Harvey Hart William Wood October 28, 1970 (1970-10-28)
7 "Invitation to Murder" Robert Douglas Mel Goldberg November 4, 1970 (1970-11-04)
8 "The Union Forever" George McCowan Chester Krumholz November 11, 1970 (1970-11-11)
9 "Epitaph for a Swinger" Lewis Allen Nicholas E. Baehr November 18, 1970 (1970-11-18)
10 "When the Shouting Dies" Robert Totten Robert Dozier (t),
Robert L. Goodwin (s)
November 25, 1970 (1970-11-25)
11 "The Soldier" Lewis Allen Stephen Kandel December 2, 1970 (1970-12-02)
12 "Quadrangle for Death" Nicholas Webster Norman Katkov (s/t),
Stephen Kandel (t),
Roland Wolpert (s)
December 16, 1970 (1970-12-16)
13 "Passing Fair" Arnold Laven Warren Duff December 30, 1970 (1970-12-30)
14 "The Titan" George McCowan Richard Carr (s/t),
Robert C. Dennis (t)
January 7, 1971 (1971-01-07)
15 "Death Chain" Ralph Senensky Robert C. Dennis January 21, 1971 (1971-01-21)
16 "Dead Witness to a Killing" Ralph Senensky Arthur Weingarten January 28, 1971 (1971-01-28)
17 "The Law" Ralph Senensky Mel Goldberg February 4, 1971 (1971-02-04)
18 "The Worst Crime" Gerald Mayer Richard Landau February 11, 1971 (1971-02-11)
19 "Circle of Lies" Richard Benedict Harry Kronman February 18, 1971 (1971-02-18)
20 "Trackdown" Jerry Jameson Rick Husky February 25, 1971 (1971-02-25)
21 "Bullet for a Hero" Ralph Senensky Nicholas E. Baehr March 4, 1971 (1971-03-04)
22 "The Manufactured Man" Richard Benedict Arthur Dales (s),
Robert C. Dennis (t)
March 11, 1971 (1971-03-11)
A young woman returns to town after having been away for a year, and she's murdered just a few minutes after getting off the bus. Suspects include a popular candidate for governor, members of his campaign staff, and his son.
23 "The Meal Ticket" Seymour Robbie Robert Collins March 18, 1971 (1971-03-18)
24 "Days of Rage" Ralph Senensky Stephen Kandel (s),
Richard Landau (s/t)
March 25, 1971 (1971-03-25)
25 "Prognosis: Homicide" Virgil W. Vogel Robert C. Dennis April 1, 1971 (1971-04-01)
26 "The Assassin" Gene Nelson Mel Goldberg April 8, 1971 (1971-04-08)

Guest stars

Guest stars including Diana Muldaur in the pilot episode "Murder by Proxy"; Martin Sheen in "Dead Witness to a Killing"; Dabney Coleman in "The King Is Dead"; Larry Hagman in "The Law"; John Ritter in "Quadrangle of Death"; and Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Mickey Rooney, and Gary Busey in "The Manufactured Man". Ahna Capri played Linda Perry in "Death Chain" and "Prognosis: Homicide".

Other guest actors to appear on the show include Michael Ontkean, Joan Hackett, Vera Miles, Annette O'Toole, Gary Collins, Ricardo Montalbán, Ford Rainey, Carolyn Jones, Fritz Weaver, John Marley, Janice Rule, Alexandra Hay, Norman Alden, Joan Van Ark, Bradford Dillman, Geraldine Brooks, Donna Mills, Victor French, Richard Basehart, Sherry Lansing, Monte Markham, Jan-Michael Vincent, Stephen Collins, Laurence Luckinbill, Lee Meriweather, Sal Mineo, Fernando Lamas, Ellen Corby, Susan Oliver, John Beck, Michael Pataki, Diana Hyland and Simon Scott.

Relation to other works

The series was based on Quinn Martin's 1970 made-for-TV movie House on Greenapple Road, starring Janet Leigh. The film was based on Harold R. Daniels's 1966 mystery novel of the same name. It was directed by Robert Day from a script by George Eckstein. Christopher George played Dan August, with Keenan Wynn as Sergeant Wilentz and Barry Sullivan as Chief Untermeyer. Ned Romero and Ena Hartman were the only actors in the film who reprised their roles in the series. The film also featured Julie Harris, Walter Pidgeon, Ed Asner, Eve Plumb, Lynda Day, Joanne Linville, Tim O'Connor, Mark Richman, and William Windom.[1]


Reynolds later recalled "I swore I'd never play a cop on TV because you can't make jokes or have a broad. You wind up loving your car a lot. I was halfway out the door when Quinn said the magic words - $15,000 a week."[2]


While not initially popular enough to be renewed for a second season, Dan August became a fan favorite in reruns, particularly after Reynolds' popularity surged in the mid-1970s with his escalating movie career. CBS re-aired the series both on The CBS Late Movie and in prime time during summer "rerun seasons" of both 1973 and 1975 to larger audiences.[3]

Television films

In 1980, a movie titled Dan August: Once Is Never Enough aired on ABC. In fact, this was a re-editing of episode 15, "Death Chain," with episode 25, "Prognosis: Homicide." ABC and Quinn Martin productions were looking to further capitalize on the success of Burt Reynolds, at the time riding high on the international success of the Smokey and the Bandit films and the public's interest with his private life with actress Sally Field. Subsequently, another television film, editing together the Diana Muldaur and Dabney Coleman episodes ("Murder by Proxy" and "The King Is Dead"), produced Dan August: The Jealousy Factor.[4]


  1. ^ Marill, Alvin H. Movies Made for Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1986. Page 190.
  2. ^ Burt Prelutsky: Two Centerfolds. Los Angeles Times 24 December 1972, p. K14.
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present (4th edition). New York, Ballantine Books, 1988. Pages, pp. 181-182.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 30, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2013.

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