Cool Million

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.

Cool Million
James Farentino as Jefferson Keyes.
GenreCrime drama
Created byLarry Cohen
Written byLarry Cohen
Directed byGene Levitt
StarringJames Farentino
John Vernon
Barbara Bouchet
Christine Belford
Theme music composerPete Rugolo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producer(s)George Eckstein
Roy Huggins
Producer(s)David J. O'Connell
Jo Swerling, Jr.
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time90 mins.
Production company(s)Public Arts Films
Universal TV
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 28 (1972-10-28) 
December 20, 1972 (1972-12-20)
Related showsThe NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie


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

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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