A Matter of Wife... And Death

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A Matter of Wife... and Death
Genre Crime
Written by Don Ingalls
Directed by Marvin Chomsky
Starring Rod Taylor
Music by Richard Shores
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Robert M. Weitman
Location(s) Los Angeles
Cinematography Emmett Bergholz
Editor(s) David Wages
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release April 10, 1976

A Matter of Wife... and Death is a television film that first aired April 10, 1976 on NBC. It is a sequel to the 1973 film Shamus, and was intended as a pilot for a series. The teleplay was written by Don Ingalls and the film directed by Marvin Chomsky, with former head of production at MGM Robert M. Weitman as the producer.

Rod Taylor played the part of the private detective Shamus McCoy, a role originally played by Burt Reynolds in the Shamus movie.[1] The cast also included Anne Archer, Cesare Danova, John Colicos, Luke Askew, Larry Block, Anita Gillette, and Joe Santos reprising his Shamus role of Lieutenant Promuto. Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter also played a small role as Shamus's girlfriend.

The film ran for 73 minutes in color with mono sound, and was released by Columbia.


  1. ^ Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood (Bear Manor Media, 2010) p184-185

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