Written and produced by Stephen J. Cannell
, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
is a made-for-TV program broadcast for the first time in early 1980
. It starred Ben Vereen
as silver-tongued con artist
E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner and Jeff Goldblum
as clean-cut and idealistic Lionel Whitney
. The original show involved the fated meeting of these two in the middle of a predictable cat and mouse game between neo-nazis
and organized crime
. The TV movie was a pilot which led to a short-lived TV series of the same name and featuring the same actors.
Despite several painful coincidences in the story, like how Goldblum's character just happens to know karate and gunfighting and whatever would get them out of trouble, or how Vereen's character manages to get in and out of his various predicaments by pure chance and a snappy comeback, this show's a lot of fun. Particularly if you have enjoyed the works of Goldblum or Vereen in the past, seeing them work together on the same screen is a real treat. Though hard to find in video stores, if you happen upon it, it's worth a rental.