Switch (1975)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Odd Couple Film, Detective Film  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Switch was the pilot film for a tongue-in-cheek adventure series that ran on CBS from 1975 to 1978. Robert Wagner stars as Pete Ryan, an ex-con sent up for being a "scam" artists, and Eddie Albert as Frank McBride, an ex-cop turned private investigator. Working as a team, Pete and Frank devote themselves to conning other confidence artists and returning the ill-gotten gains to the rightful owners. It is therefore necessary for Pete to teach Frank how to be a crook, and for Frank to teach Pete how to be honest. In this pilot, Charles Durning guest stars as another former policeman, a two-time loser who has been framed for a jewel robbery. If we are to believe the print ads for this film, its original title was The Switch, which was probably shortened to avoid the inevitable comparisons to The Sting.



ex-convict, private-detective, frame-up, con/scam, jewel-robbery