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Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection



Jimmy Stewart plays Hawkins, the slow-talking, quick-witted Southern shyster with a knack for sleuthing out the truth in this series of classic seventies TV films.

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Synopsis

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.

Four Disc Collection includes:

  • Death and the Maiden
  • Murder in Movieland
  • Die, Darling, Die
  • A Life For a Life
  • Blood Feud
  • Murder and the Slave Trade
  • Murder on the 13th Floor
  • Candidate for Murder

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Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection
 
3.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Classic style (3)
  • Entertaining (3)

Cons

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    • Entertainment (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie buff (5), Collector (3)
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    1.0

    Discs could not be played. Must return.

    By Ginger

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Movie Buff, Senior Citizen

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Terribly Disappointed
      • Will Be Calling You

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection:

        Need to know how to return pkg.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not One of My Favorites

        By ETXLady

        from East Texas, USA

        About Me Movie Buff

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Boring
          • Slow

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection:

            Jimmy Stewart was great in this series; as he was in most everything he starred in. Unfortunately, everything else was below par; supporting actors, especially his sheriff cousin was a poor choice.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            a legand

            By wadehardin

            from Omaha nebr

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Entertaining

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment

              Comments about Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection:

              What appears to be a pre matlock series,Jimmy does his best Tv proformance.The same Jimmy that we loved all those years in Movies.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding Legal Drama

              By Chris

              from Mystic,CT

              About Me Collector, Movie Buff

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              Pros

              • Action-packed
              • Classic
              • Engaging
              • Entertaining

              Cons

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                • Entertainment

                Comments about Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection:

                It's great to see these made for tv movies starring Jimmy Stewart. They are well made.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An excellent movie by James Stewart

                By Bill

                from Munford, Alabama

                About Me Collector

                Pros

                • Classic
                • Engaging
                • Entertaining
                • Spellbinding Stories

                Cons

                • Witty

                Best Uses

                • Entertainment

                Comments about Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection:

                Proof that a criminal just makes simple mistakes and gets caught by them.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Jimmy Stewart, Proto-Matlock

                By Mooncity

                from Ypsilanti, MI

                About Me Collector, Movie Buff

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • 1970s Tv
                • Classic
                • James Stewart

                Cons

                • Slow

                Best Uses

                • Entertainment
                • Everyone
                • Jimmy Stewart Fans

                Comments about Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection:

                An unusual series starring James Stewart, in fine form as a small town West Virginia lawyer with a talent for catching murderers Perry Mason style, right there in the courtroom. It's not much of a stretch to say that the Matlock show could have been inspired by the Hawkins series.

                Each episode features at least one good emotive scene as Stewart decries injustice in one form or another, though you can kind of tell these moments were somewhat contrived to give Stewart something dramatic to do. There's also some of that gentle Jimmy humor mixed in with the drama, balancing out each episode nicely.

                The mysteries range from fair to good, and by the time you've screened the last installment, you'll be sorry there aren't any more. Naturally, the killer is always caught, and Hawkins has "never lost" a case. He usually cons the killer into confessing, albeit in clever ways you don't see coming.

                One problem with the series is that the stories are a bit slow, but watching Jimmy crack the case is usually worth the wait. And Hawkins flies all over the country defending clients, but no one ever seems to wonder why a West Viginia lawyer is allowed to practice law in all those other states!

                Best of the batch is "Blood Fued," the only episode that takes place in Hawkins' ficticious home town. There's a great sequence where Jimmy has to break up a catfight between two ladies, then has to chase one out of the house trying to get information from her. Hawkins even lambasts the Press and Media whilst lecturing the editor of the local paper about justice. And then there's the performance turned in by the great Lew Ayres (All Quiet on the Western Front). You won't forget it! Plus, you can see an appearance of a pre-"Dukes of Hazzard" James Best. What's not to love?

                This set is a must for fans of the great James Stewart, or perhaps a Matlock-loving grandma you know who's seen all the Matlock episodes already.

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