Howdy folks, Don again. Jim Alexander recently sent me some audio
cassettes he recorded back during 1972-73 when SEARCH was running on
NBC. I had a chance to go through them and here's what I found:
"LIVE MEN TELL TALES" is the complete NBC audio of the rerun with all
commercials and the "MOONROCK" scenes to next week.
"THE ADONIS FILE" is the NBC audio of the first run of that episode.
No commercials in this one. Before the episode begins, you have the
scenes to next week for "ADONIS" from the previous week. The scenes
to next week at the end of this audio are for "FLIGHT TO NOWHERE."
The tape marked "SEARCH Pilot Film" is from the Aug. 1972 NBC rerun
of the Probe pilot renamed "SEARCH." At the beginning you have part
of the NBC opening with an announcer mentioning the guest stars,
joined in progress. No commercials. After the NBC opening, it jumps
directly to the beginning of the "SEARCH" theme opening credits. (No
scene of Lockwood dodging bullets in the village is on the tape.)
When the opening credits music ends, it goes directly to the scene of
Lockwood walking toward the Probe Control entrance. (No Cam or Dr.
Laurent on the phone and the discussion of Lockwood's bonus, etc.
Apparently that scene never made it to the network? Or was it only
cut for the rerun?)
On the second tape marked "SEARCH Pilot Film Tape Two Side One," the
pilot continues. When I turned over to Side Two, the closing credits
ended, and then it switched to an NBC promo for the then-upcoming
Search series! After this, though, is the most important find of
all! You have portions of Act Two of "THE GOLD MACHINE"! It starts
when Lockwood is in Eastland's room and finds him dead slumped over a
book of poetry. The tape ends during Lockwood and Gloria's visit to
Harant's Book Store.
Overall, the sound quality varies. Some of it is pretty good, the
worst one unfortunately is the portions of "GOLD MACHINE." Some of
that one is difficult to make out. However, I have an equalizer here
which helps filter out some of the distortions.
I noticed that the "cheesy cool music" plays a couple of times
in "GOLD." That bit of music apparently originated with this
episode. Anyway, I think we have enough historical material for at
least two, maybe three more audio CDs for the group!
Interested group members should get in touch with me at
so I can know better how many audio CDs I should
make of the above. If anyone else has audio recordings of SEARCH
from 1972-73, post it here and let us know. Thanks!