Meg Foster on Mannix in 1972

Meg Foster appeared on a number of detective and police dramas between 1970-1977 and she perhaps never looked better than when she was the guest star on an episode of Mannix in 1972. The episode was titled 'A Game of Shadows' and it originally aired on Christmas Eve that year.

Meg Foster and Mike Connors

Meg Foster: 1970s detective show glory!

Meg Foster spent the bulk of the 1970s working on television, whether it be guest appearances on TV shows or starring in TV movies or miniseries (she only did a handful of feature films throughout the decade). A lovely young woman, with considerable charm and acting skills to match, Meg Foster made a number of appearances on various cop and detective shows throughout the decade. The following is a look at a trio of guest shots on some famous detective series: Barnaby Jones, Cannon and Baretta.

Barnaby Jones - "A Little Glory, A Little Death" (April 29, 1973)

Meg Foster actually appeared on Barnaby Jones three times, doing one episode in each of the show's first three seasons. This episode was her first guest appearance on Barnaby Jones and she has quite a substantial role. Meg Foster plays the daughter of a old actress that has died under what she feels are suspicious circumstances. She goes to private detective Barnaby Jones for help and consequently a complex web of deception unfolds. Eventually, ol' Barnaby devises a plan in which Meg Foster's character impersonates her dead mother in order to flush out the suspected murderer.

Meg Foster and Lee Meriwether

Meg Foster and Buddy Ebsen

Cannon - "Come Watch Me Die" (October 24, 1973)

Meg Foster appeared in an episode of Cannon in 1973, though her part is not all that large. She plays a supporting role wherein she is the old girlfriend of a convicted murderer who has recently escaped. It turns out that he might have been framed so he is on the loose, looking for the real killers. Eventually, he hooks back up with his former flame who just happens to still be in love with him. Meg Foster doesn't have a whole lot to do here, but she does well with the screen time she is given.

Meg Foster and William Conrad

Meg Foster and Don Stroud

Baretta - "Count the Days I'm Gone" (November 26, 1975)

Meg Foster had already appeared in a first season episode of Baretta and, like many other shows she did in the '70s, she was asked to come back for an encore performance. However, like her first Baretta episode, she again was not the focal point of the story. Instead, she provides colorful support, this time in the form of an alcoholic older sister of a girl who has gone missing.

It's interesting to note that the little girl in this episode is played by Elizabeth Cheshire, the same young actress who played Jill Hayden in the short-lived TV series Sunshine and TV movie Sunshine Christmas. Both of those projects also featured Meg Foster.

Meg Foster and Robert Blake

Meg Foster and Robert Blake

Hazel Brooks: The Million Dollar Gamble

Here's a vintage newspaper article concerning actress Hazel Brooks from the summer of 1947.Though she had been one of the most popular pin-up girls for several years and had appearing uncredited in Hollywood productions since 1943, 1947 was the year when they tried to make Hazel Brooks a true screen star. 'They' is Charlie Einfeld, a former Warner Brothers publicity director who at this time was running an independent studio called Enterprise. After signing Hazel Brooks, he is quoted as telling his team " can spend anything up to a million dollars. But make Hazel Brooks a star."

Of course, it didn't work out very well. Hazel Brooks had a pair of relatively high-profile featured roles in two major motion pictures, Body and Soul in 1947 and Sleep, My Love in 1948, after which she suddenly became a lot less visible. It ranks as one of those Hollywood travesties that an actress this beautiful wasn't given more screen time.  

Ramsay Ames in Beauty and the Bandit

In 1946, actress Ramsay Ames appeared in her second Cisco Kid movie, Beauty and the Bandit. Let me begin by saying that the movie is not quite as bad as some reviewers have indicated. The performances and script are both competent and Beauty and the Bandit is fun to watch. It is a low-budget production and as such it comes off pretty well. What really elevates the film from sheer mediocrity is the presence of Ramsay Ames. The interplay between her and star Gilbert Roland is enjoyable and just her general demeanor and have-fun-with-it attitude adds a great deal to the proceedings. Obviously, Beauty and the Bandit is not a cinematic masterwork, but good may still be found within it.

Ramsay Ames dressed as a man in Beauty and the Bandit

Here are some images of Ramsay Ames appearing in Beauty and the Bandit: