Sep. 12, 1974
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Movin' On

The show is about two guys, Sonny Pruett a veteran trucker and his sidekick Will Chandler, a law-school grad looking for adventure.

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  • President Gerald Ford's favorite TV series.
  • In this pilot Will discloses he was court-martialed from the army during Vietnam, however this isn't touched upon during the regular series. We also learn that Sonny Pruitt lost a son in Vietnam and spent time in prison for a charge that was unspecified.
  • Theme song, 'Movin' On,' was written and performed by country music legend Merle Haggard.
  • In the opening scene, the rig is crossing the Astoria Megler Bridge over the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon.
  • French title: La passagère.
  • This was the last screen appearance of veteran character actor John Qualen .
  • A young Rita Wilson makes an early uncredited appearance playing opposite A. Martinez.
  • In the opening credits, Sonny is driving on the Hood River Bridge across the Columbia River, from White Salmon, Washington, to Hood River, Oregon.
  • After leaving Las Vegas, Sonny and Will are shown leaving Hoover Dam.
  • Sonny takes Will to visit Phoenix Union High School, his alma mater (Class of 1942).
  • Will Hutchins (Slim) appeared with Claude Akins in Claudelle Inglish (1961).
  • The car Will borrows to follow Alex is a Hotrod 1966 Pontiac GTO.
  • The building adjacent to the dock where Sonny's trailer was burned has a billboard advertising the San Diego Mariners hockey team, which was active in the World Hockey Association 1974-1977.
  • Set in San Diego, California.
  • Real life father and daughter, Barry and Jenny Sullivan play Zach and Eunice.
  • Roosevelt Grier played Fats (the warehouse loading dock manager with a time clock where his heart should have been) in this episode. Rosey also appeared in five other episodes as less than honest comic foil "Benjy".
  • Will and Sonny are trying to decide what to do on their evening off. They look at a movie theater sign and both shout "CARTOONS" and choose that one.
  • The exterior shots of the cannery warehouse were taken at the end of E. Belt Street under the Coronado Bridge (Highway 75).
  • Claude Akins and this episode's guest star Ramon Bieri are often mistaken for each other,
  • This episode was scheduled on two different occasions. On October 17, 1974, the episode was preempted for game 5 of the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the rescheduled air date of January 23, 1975, the episode was preempted for an NBC News Special. Tom Brokaw and John Chancellor interviewed President (and Movin' On fan) Gerald Ford, which was held and broadcast live from the White House. The episode finally aired on NBC February 20, 1975.
  • Numerous websites list this episode under two separate titles: "Ransom" and "Ann's Party".
  • Nina's car is a Jensen Healey roadster. Jensen Healeys were built from March 1972 until May 1976.
  • John Rubinstein (Gershon) is the son of internationally renowned concert pianist Artur Rubinstein.
  • This marks the first appearance of Art Metrano and Rosey Griey as Moose and Benjy, respectively.
  • Trucker-comedian Gene Tracy appears in this episode in an uncredited role.
  • Set in Durham and Durham County, North Carolina.
  • Closing scene filmed at the Liberty Warehouse #2 on Rigsbee Avenue in Durham, North Carolina. The roof of this building, the last tobacco auction house building in Durham, collapsed in May 2011 after a rainstorm.
  • Michael Schultz directed his wife, guest star Lauren Jones, in this episode.
  • Originally scheduled for air on NBC October 14, 1975, this segment was moved one night earlier because of Game 3 of the 1975 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Set in Beckley, West Virginia.

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