Created by Blake Edwards
“An independent guy like Gus Monk is always attractive. He attracts women, money, excitement… and danger.”
No, not that Monk. This is a whole different San Francisco treat. Hmmmm… maybe they’re related.
The Monk was a pilot for a proposed television series, featuring George (Route 66) Maharis as GUS MONK, a free-wheeling (and unlicensed) San Francisco private eye who had a beer-swilling pet cat called Aristotle–pretty hip for TV of that era.
The pilot aired as the ABC Movie of the Week on October 21, 1969, and also featured Jack Albertson, Edward G. Robinson Jr. and Janet Leigh, Gus is hired by a mobster to guard an envelope containing important information, but the envelope is stolen, the mobster is subsequently murdered, and Gus is left as the prime suspect. A “merry-go-round of viciousness and murder” is promised.
According to Maharis fan Chris Jehle’s “Just try taking your eyes off George long enough to check out Janet Leigh as his love interest and chief suspect. Check out Janet’s wardrobe: fur-trimmed mini-skirts and bare midriffs! Too bad this didn’t click as a series!”
Still, the little seen and little remembered made-for-television film occasionally pops up in those cheap ass DVD mega-packs…
- THE MONK
Premiere: October 21, 1969
Story by Blake Edwards
Written by Tony Barrett
Directed by George McCowan
Produced by Tony Barrett
Associate producer: Shelley Hull
Executive producers: Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas
Music by Earle Hagen
Starring George Maharis as GUS MONK
Also starring Janet Leigh, Jack Albertson, Edward G. Robinson Jr., Joe Besser, Rick Jason, Raymond St. Jacques, William Smithers, Jack Soo, George Burrafato, Linda Marsh, George Saurel, Joe Besser