The Man and the City

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The Man and the City
Anthony Quinn Janice Rule The Man and the City 1971.jpg
Created byHoward Rodman
StarringAnthony Quinn
Composer(s)Alex North
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1971 –
January 5, 1972

The Man and the City is an American drama series which aired on ABC as part of its Fall 1971 lineup from September 15, 1971 to January 5, 1972.

The Man and the City stars the well-known Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn as Thomas Jefferson Alcala, the long-term Hispanic mayor of a major but unidentified city in the Southwestern United States (location shooting was done in Albuquerque, New Mexico). Quinn's WASP deputy, Andy Hays, was portrayed by Mike Farrell. Hays' main role was to make sure that the well-meaning Mayor Alcala did not become so engrossed in aiding individual constituents with their problems that he failed to address the issues facing the city as a whole.

Despite the vast talents of Quinn and the earnest Farrell, The Man and the City was a Nielsen ratings failure, finishing third in its Wednesday night time slot against the hit private eye show Mannix and the Rod Serling anthology series Night Gallery, and was cancelled at midseason.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Hands of Love"TBATBASeptember 15, 1971 (1971-09-15)
2"100 Blank Pages"TBATBASeptember 22, 1971 (1971-09-22)
3"I Should Have Let Him Die"TBATBASeptember 29, 1971 (1971-09-29)
4"A Very Special Girl"TBATBAOctober 6, 1971 (1971-10-06)
5"Reprisal"TBATBAOctober 13, 1971 (1971-10-13)
6"Disaster on Turner Street"TBATBAOctober 20, 1971 (1971-10-20)
7"The Handwriting on the Door"TBATBAOctober 27, 1971 (1971-10-27)
8"Running Scared"TBATBANovember 3, 1971 (1971-11-03)
9"The Deadly Fountain"TBATBANovember 10, 1971 (1971-11-10)
10"Run for Daylight"TBATBANovember 17, 1971 (1971-11-17)
11"The Cross-Country Man"TBATBADecember 1, 1971 (1971-12-01)
12"Pipe Me a Loving Tune"TBATBADecember 8, 1971 (1971-12-08)
13"The Girls in Truck 7"TBATBADecember 15, 1971 (1971-12-15)
14"Jennifer"TBATBADecember 29, 1971 (1971-12-29)
15"Diagnosis: Corruption"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1972 (1972-01-05)


Daniel Petrie won a Directors Guild of America Award in 1972 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series - Night for the episode "Hands of Love." That same episode earned Petrie an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program of a Series with Continuing Characters and/or Theme.


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