Assignment Vienna

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Assignment Vienna
Assignment Vienna 1972.JPG
An escaped convict (Leslie Nielsen) holds a father and daughter hostage, 1972.
Created byEric Bercovici
Jerry Ludwig
StarringRobert Conrad
Charles Cioffi
Anton Diffring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)MGM Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1972 –
February 24, 1973

Assignment Vienna is an American drama television series aired in the United States by ABC as an element in its 1972-73 wheel series The Men. The series, created by Eric Bercovici and Jerry Ludwig, was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television.

Assignment Vienna told the story of Jake Webster (Robert Conrad), an American expatriate in Vienna who was the operator of Jake's Bar & Grill, an American-style establishment near the scenic heart of the city. In fact, the business was a cover for Jake's actual reason for being in Vienna. He was involved in tracking down various spies and international criminals at the behest of U.S. intelligence, which apparently held something against him which, if disclosed, would have resulted in his being deported from Austria and apparently then incarcerated in the United States. Jake's liaison with U.S. intelligence was a Major Caldwell (Charles Cioffi). Anton Diffring played Inspector Hoffman of the Vienna police.

The Men initially aired on Thursday nights but was moved at midseason to Saturday nights. It did not garner a large share of viewers in either time slot and none of the elements were renewed. The program was shot on location in Vienna.

The pilot film, called Assignment: Munich and aired earlier in 1972, had the same three main characters but a different cast (Jake, Major Caldwell and Inspector Hoffman were played by Roy Scheider, Richard Basehart and Werner Klemperer) and was filmed on location in Munich. The location for the series was changed to prevent any disruption to filming caused by that year's Olympic Games, and Scheider chose not to return for the series in favour of a movie career.

In 2010 Film Score Monthly released Dave Grusin's series theme and three episode scores (along with John Parker's two additional scores) as part of their five-disc collection of MGM television music, TV Omnibus: Volume One (1962-1976).


Episode list[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Last Target"TBATBASeptember 28, 1972 (1972-09-28)
2"Hot Potato"TBATBAOctober 19, 1972 (1972-10-19)
3"Queens Gambit"TBATBANovember 9, 1972 (1972-11-09)
4"Annalisa"TBATBADecember 7, 1972 (1972-12-07)
5"There Was an Old Woman"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1973 (1973-01-13)
6"A Deadly Shade of Green"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1973 (1973-01-27)
7"So Long, Charley"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1973 (1973-02-03)
8"Soldier of Fortune"TBATBAMarch 10, 1973 (1973-03-10)


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