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  • Acting for Two: Pamela Franklin plays Virginia McKeller and her not-so-missing twin sister in "Where's Jennifer?" Could be Acting For Three as Jennifer is pretending to be another person in the story.
  • Billing Displacement: "Revenge" lists Gary Merrill, Hari Rhodes, Frank DeKova and Bert Freed as the guest stars in the opening titles. Jesse Dizon, who plays the Big Bad of the episode and has a bigger role than any of them, is relegated to the end credits.
  • California Doubling: Cannon lives in LA and does most of his crime-solving there, but Southern California also stands in for—
    • Texas in the pilot.
    • Tennessee in “Country Blues”.
    • An unnamed Caribbean country in “Triangle of Terror”.
    • Mexico in several episodes, as well as The Return Of Frank Cannon.
    • Idaho in “Flashpoint”.
    • Florida in “Coffin Corner”.
    • Portland, Oregon very briefly in “Nightmare”.
But they really traveled to Colorado in “Sky Above, Death Below” and to Nevada County in “He Who Digs a Grave”.
  • Creator Backlash: William Conrad was not a fan of the tuba in John Parker's theme.
  • Edited for Syndication: The syndicated version of "The Deadly Conspiracy" cuts out Diana Douglas' role as Alex Parks (although she's still listed in the opening titles) and also has a different ending in which McKenna survives an attempt on his life by Corcoran rather than being thrown out of a high window by Parks, and agrees to testify against the villain so the episode can be shown as a one-parter rather than leave it on a Cliffhanger as it was on its original airing, with the story continuing immediately afterwards on Barnaby Jones. Unfortunately the Barnaby Jones version continues on the original path, as it begins with a recap of the original Cannon episode and climaxes with the poor guy's killing. It also means that whereas Corcoran is shot and killed at the end of the Cannon syndicated version, Corcoran survives and does a Heel–Face Turn at the end of the Barnaby Jones version to testify.
  • Executive Meddling: It almost happened here. Before the series aired, Quinn Martin approached then-CBS executive Fred Silverman and told him he wanted to do a series with Bill Conrad. Silverman said, "Fine, go ahead". Martin showed Silverman the dailies, and Silverman began hyperventilating as if he were in medical distress. Martin asked him what was wrong, and Silverman responded, "Who IS that fat guy running around all over the place?" "That's Bill Conrad!" "BILL Conrad? I thought you said 'BOB Conrad'! This show will NEVER air!" Silverman was wrong about that last statement...when CBS President William Paley (a long-time William Conrad fan) heard this, he said "We're gonna do the show!" Of course, after it became a hit, Silverman took the credit, saying "We're changing the face of television".
    • Conrad couldn't have been too mad at Silverman, as years later, when Silverman became a producer in his own right, Conrad accepted the starring role in Jake and the Fatman, co-produced by Silverman.

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