Here’s a “blast from the past” in the world of star cars. “Burkes Law” was a popular show that ran from 1963-66 and featured one of the earliest “star cars” where a recognizable car was featured in every episode. For those that remember the show (which was remade in 94 for a short run as well!) here’s what the famous Rolls Royce looks like, inside and out!
1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II
from both “Burke’s Law” and “Amos Burke, Secret Agent”
|Amos Burke was a Los Angeles chief of detectives who was also a millionaire with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion, and a high-wheeling lifestyle. The hallmarks of this series were glamorous, sophisticated settings, unusual twists on formula homicide plotlines, and big-name guest stars. After a couple of seasons, its format was radically revamped. Burke left the police force and became an agent for US Intelligence. At that point, the show’s name changed to “Amos Burke–Secret Agent”. Burke’s adventures were briefly revived in 1994, under the original title.|
1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud ll, the actual car used in the “Burke’s Law” and “Amos Burke, Secret Agent” television series. A little history of the car: It was acquired by Four Star Productions for use in the “Burke’s Law” series. This car was featured in every episode, playing a central “casting role,” with loyal Henry chauffering his boss, Captain Amos Burke, along with many gorgeous Hollywood celebrities of the day. It’s just hard to imagine the number of famous female Hollywood stars whose derrieres have graced that back seat!!!
When Four Star Productions decided that Amos Burke/Gene Barry should become what many other Hollywood stars were reincarnated as in the mid ’60’s -a Secret Agent- the series became “Amos Burke, Secret Agent.” Amos Burke now had many tricks up his sleeve – among them, a “video” camera that was built into his Rolls Royce (the same Rolls Royce used in “Burke’s Law”). The “lens” for that camera was contained in a spotlight that affixed to the car for the series (it is still on the car today, along with the window decal that you can see in some close ups on the lower right hand windshield).
After the end of its use by Four Star Productions, it was declared surplus and a director of Four Star Productions, Robert Gageby, acquired the car, immediately taking it to his home in Washington, D.C., where at one subsequent point it even made an appearance at the White House!!! The car was retained in the family for over 30 years, afterwards going through several owners. The car is now in Florida.
AMOS BURKE SECRET AGENT 1965 – 1966.
After Burke’s Law wrapped up its second season, it was decided to turn the show into a spy series.
All of the cast members were let go except for star Gene Barry, who was no longer on the L.A. police
force but now reported to someone only known as “The Man” (Carl Benton Reid) on his airplane.
[The “high tech” aspects of the show had Burke using a kind of pen-like device to unfold the stairs
into the airplane!] Burke still drives his Rolls Royce sans driver [talk about keeping a low profile!]
but otherwise the production values for the show were very low. Although Burke traveled in
virtually every episode to foreign shores, you never got any feeling of being outside Hollywood.
Barry played the new version of Amos Burke much as he had the first incarnation.
Barry was a master of the withering look, too well-bred to express his contempt in a
more obvious manner. The show lasted for seventeen installments.