Sunday, February 12, 2012

Picture of the Week: Burke's Law

This week, Mitchell Ryan swaps Burke Devlin's slick business suits for a natty stetson in a publicity still from the 1977 CBS television movie Escape From Bogen County. Mitchell played "political czar" Ambler Bowman, a fierce Texan dominating his terrified wife, played by Jaclyn Smith, then riding high as one of Charlie's Angels.

The film was Smith's first movie role, as Mitchell noted in an interview with the King Features Syndicate: "Frankly, I thought the producer would have gone for a bigger name [than me], especially since this was Jackie's first big TV feature." Predicting a bright future for his co-star, he concluded that: "Bogen County is a good thriller, well done."

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