Cool Million

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Cool Million
James Farentino 1972.JPG
James Farentino as Jefferson Keyes.
Genre Crime drama
Created by Larry Cohen
Written by Larry Cohen
Directed by Gene Levitt
Starring James Farentino
John Vernon
Barbara Bouchet
Christine Belford
Theme music composer Pete Rugolo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Executive producer(s) George Eckstein
Roy Huggins
Producer(s) David J. O'Connell
Jo Swerling, Jr.
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 90 mins.
Production company(s) Public Arts Films
Universal TV
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 28 (1972-10-28) – December 20, 1972 (1972-12-20)
Related shows The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie

Cool Million is an American crime drama series that aired on NBC as an element in its "wheel series" The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie during its 1972-73 schedule.


James Farentino starred as Jefferson Keyes, a former agent in the clandestine services of the Central Intelligence Agency who, after he left "The Company," as it was also called by its insiders, had established his own private detective agency. Keyes's agency had, indeed, become so successful that he now charged his prospective clients a fee of $1,000,000 (hence the title) per case, which enabled him to live a fabulous lifestyle including his own executive jet.

Barbara Bouchet guest starred in the 1972 season.

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Air date
1"Mask of Marcella"Gene LevittLarry CohenOctober 16, 1972 (1972-10-16)
2"Hunt for a Lonely Girl"Gene LevittGene LevittOctober 25, 1972 (1972-10-25)
3"Assault on Gavaloni"John BadhamJuanita Bartlett (teleplay), Roy Huggins (story)November 22, 1972 (1972-11-22)
4"The Abduction of Baynard Barnes"Barry ShearRichard Morris (teleplay), Roy Huggins (story)December 6, 1972 (1972-12-06)
5"The Million Dollar Misunderstanding"Daryl DukeJuanita Bartlett (teleplay), Roy Huggins (story)December 20, 1972 (1972-12-20)


Cool Million proved to be less successful than several other elements of the NBC Mystery Movie and was not renewed for further episodes after its initial order.


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