Adams of Eagle Lake
|Adams of Eagle Lake|
|Created by||Lane Slate|
|Written by||Jonathan Daly
John Michael Hayes
|Directed by||Lawrence Dobkin
Harry V. Lojewski
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard O. Linke|
|Location(s)||Big Bear Lake, California
|Cinematography||Robert B. Hauser|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Andy Griffith Enterprises|
Adams of Eagle Lake is an American hour-long police series that aired on ABC in 1975. Andy Griffith starred as Sheriff Sam Adams and the episodes presented his attempts to maintain the law in a small resort town. Despite a strong cast, including veteran TV actress Abby Dalton, the show lasted for only two episodes.
In 1974, Griffith starred in Winter Kill, a television movie that was intended as a series pilot. When it failed to sell, the main character of Sheriff Sam McNeill was renamed and used as the lead character in Adams of Eagle Lake.
Cast and characters
- Andy Griffith as Sheriff Sam Adams
- Abby Dalton as Margaret Kelly
- Nick Nolte as Officer Jerry Troy
- Iggie Wolfington as Officer Jubal Hammond
- Paul Winchell as Monty
- Sheldon Allman as Quinn
- Eldon Quick as Leonard
- William Mims as Lucas Pratt
- Peter Coffield as Jimmy Simpkins
- Scott Marlowe as Ron Selleck
- Lynne Marta as Cindy
- Brenda Scott as Debbie
- Irene Tedrow as Grandma Simpkins
- "Home is the Coward" (January 10, 1975)
- "Treasure Chest Murder" (February 26, 1975)
DVD rights to Adams of Eagle Lake are owned by 20th Century Fox, but no DVD has been released.
Although supposedly set in northern California, the TV series location showed opening scenes and other outdoor shots actually taken from the southern California mountain resort communities of Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin, which were much closer to Los Angeles area television production studios.
In 1977, Griffith appeared in two additional television movies (The Girl in the Empty Grave and Deadly Game), both attempts to make use again of the same concept. Griffith's character was now named Sheriff Abel Marsh, but he was still a lawman in a small town near a lake. Both movies were filmed in Big Bear Lake, California.