Shortly before the Summer of Love signaled a radical shift in popular culture, the smartly dressed agents of The FBI marshaled their talents to keep the nations safe from a myriad of menaces both foreign and domestic. Under the auspices of legendary executive producer Quinn Martin, The FBI's third season had the craft of creating teleplays "produced with full government cooperation and based on real FBI cases" down to a science - well before today's forensic descendants. Special guest stars playing victims and victimizers of the Cold War and the war on crime waged by Inspector Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and Special Agent Colby (William Reynolds) in this 4-Disc, 16-Episode collection include film noir queen Phyllis Thaxter, '60s siren Carol Lynley, and stage and screen stalwarts Henry Silva, Kevin McCarthy, and William Windom, as well as titans-to-be Ed Asner and Martin Sheen as a deadly pair of kidnapping brothers.
Then, the second half of The FBI's third season sees the nation's enemies take a decided turn to the worst. But our heroes are straight arrows, all right - and they're aimed right at our country's foes! Bank robbers, blackmailers, saboteurs, defectors, embezzlers, their victims and accomplices are brought to vivid life by a series of special guest stars including Anne Baxter, Bradford Dillman, Lynn Bari, Fritz Weaver, Robert Walker and Suzanne Pleshette. Among the specific case crimes drawn from the real files of the FBI and tackled by Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and company in this compendium are espionage, extortion, kidnapping, murder and interstate transport. So strap on your badge and fire up the Ford. This 3-Disc, 11-Episode collection is packed with thrills for all G-men, junior and senior alike.
The Warner Archive Collection has today brought fans to the one-third mark in the show's run, with their manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases of both The F.B.I. - The 3rd Season, Part 1
and The F.B.I. - The 3rd Season, Part 2
. Those links take you to the WBshop store, where both titles are currently available only to residents of the United States. Each one is expected to be available later on to global customers, however, when they begin to be sold via the Amazon CreateSpace MOD program. These sets cost $29.95 SRP each, and package art can be seen below. Note that this is the season where William Reynolds, who had other "one-off" roles in 1 episode each from the show's first two seasons, joins the cast this year as "Special Agent Tom Colby"...a role he would be seen in all the way through to the ninth and final season But for this third seasons, you'll also see guest spots by folks named in the studio descriptions above, plus William Boyett, Jessica Walter, Richard Anderson, Paul Sorensen, Lynda Day George, Victor French, Tom Skerritt, Wayne Rogers, Burt Reynolds, Mako, Dana Elcar, and Norman Fell, among others!