Notable guest stars in these TV movies include Robert Webber, Bonnie Bedelia, Cameron Mitchell, Kenneth Mars, Sam Elliott, Murray Hamilton, Tyne Daly, William Windom, Lew Ayres, Peter Mark Richman, Jeff Corey, Kurt Kasznar, Pernell Roberts, and Andrew Prine.
Though the aforementioned exploits of that black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks have already made their way to DVD via the Warner Archive Collection, we are now able to enjoy its country cousin in its entirety as well. Hawkins: The Complete TV Movie Collection presents all eight investigatory films for future generations to kick back to on four discs, with no special features whatsoever. The quality here is quite nice considering the image has not been remastered in any way, but the series never looks as clean and as filmic as what we've seen in DVD releases of Columbo or Hawaii Five-O.
Oh, well, anything with James Stewart is always fun to watch. In the case of Hawkins: The Complete TV Movie Collection, we not only get to see Jimmy play a cross between his character of Paul Biegler in Anatomy of a Murder and Matlock, but we also get to see a vintage slice of television history that ended too soon on account of network incompetence. Why, who knows what might have happened had Hawkins not been paired with Shaft back in the day: it might have become so popular, that Matlock would never have come to pass.
Well, a guy can dream. Jimmy Stewart did a much better job anyway.