A decade before TV saw another silver-haired, slow-drawling Southern shyster with a knack for sleuthing out the truth, M-G-M welcomed back two titanic talents, TV producer Norman Felton and screen legend Jimmy Stewart, for Hawkins. Stewart played Billy Jim Hawkins in rotation with the Shaft TV movies (Talk about Country Mouse and City Mouse!), solving crimes alongside his cousin RJ (Strother Martin) and a bevy of sensational costars.
Bonnie Bedelia plays a troubled young woman accused of familicide, Cameron Mitchell plays a tinseltown spouse facing murder charges, Julie Harris plays an accused mercy killer, William Windom plays a parent with a vendetta, Lew Ayres and James Best play folk caught up in a deadly Civil War re-enactment, James Luisi plays a football pro caught up in foul play, Teresa Wright plays an ex-amour of Bill Jim's, and Paul Burke and Pernell Roberts play a senator and aide caught up in a slaying.
A bit over a year ago, the Warner Archive released Shaft - The TV Movie Collection on DVD
, the 1973 show which aired telefilm-length episodes on CBS every other Tuesday night. Now Warner is releasing the other series that shared that slot. And it stars acting legend Jimmy Stewart in feature-length episodes of Hawkins - The Complete TV Movie Collection
Available as an MOD (manufacture on demand) title from the WBshop online studio store this November 13th
, the 588-minute set will cost $39.95 SRP. It will initially be available only from there (see button link below), strictly to U.S.A. customers. Later on, however, this will also be for sale from Amazon's CreateSpace MOD program, where international customers will be able to buy it, too. Our thanks to one of our readers, "Stephanie," for her help with this news. Here's a look at the packaging: