The Man and the City
|The Man and the City|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television|
|Original release||September 15, 1971 – January 5, 1972|
The Man and the City stars the well-known Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn as Thomas Jefferson Alcala, the long-term Hispanic mayor of a major but unidentified city in the Southwestern United States (location shooting was done in Albuquerque, New Mexico). Quinn's WASP deputy, Andy Hays, was portrayed by Mike Farrell. Hays' main role was to make sure that the well-meaning Mayor Alcala did not become so engrossed in aiding individual constituents with their problems that he failed to address the issues facing the city as a whole.
Despite the vast talents of Quinn and the earnest Farrell, The Man and the City was a Nielsen ratings failure, finishing third in its Wednesday night time slot against the hit private eye show Mannix and the Rod Serling anthology series Night Gallery, and was cancelled at midseason.
Daniel Petrie won a Directors Guild of America Award in 1972 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series - Night for the episode "Hands of Love." That same episode earned Petrie an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program of a Series with Continuing Characters and/or Theme.
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