Citizens of San Francisco are stunned by the news that Robert Ironside, the city's hard-nosed, tough-talking chief of detectives, has been shot and left for dead while vacationing at his ...
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Chief Ironside has just retired and is looking forward to running his vineyard with his wife. But his retirement is interrupted when his old friend and colleague Ed Brown, who is now ... See full summary »
Centers on Robert T. Ironside, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases.
Citizens of San Francisco are stunned by the news that Robert Ironside, the city's hard-nosed, tough-talking chief of detectives, has been shot and left for dead while vacationing at his friend the Police Commissioner's rural retreat. Ironside survives the murder attempt, but the bullet has damaged nerves in his spine, leaving him a paraplegic. Unable to gain reinstatement as chief of detectives, Ironside gets permission to continue investigating criminal cases as a citizen volunteer. With the assistance of two former protegees, Det. Sgt. Ed Brown and Officer Eve Whitfield, and a newly-hired aide/driver, Mark Sanger, Ironside sets out to solve his first case as a civilian by finding the people responsible for the attempt on his life. Written by
The pilot for the long running(1967-1975)TV crime show,with the irascible,wheelchair bound chief of San Francisco police,Robert Ironside.After years of playing villains in Hollywood movies,Raymond Burr oddly became a major TV star with this and 'Perry Mason'.The film is well-directed by the under-valued James Goldstone and nicely photographed,admittedly on rather studio-bound locations.What only really grates is flashy editing by EW Williams.The various plot strands and sequences(angry black youth treated sympathetically by Ironside,the chief victim of a revenge shooting,San Francisco's hippie culture)are interesting enough without the editor having to cut frantically and wildly;some cuts last but a few frames,and it often has the feel of a TV commercial for breakfast cereal!
These irritations aside,Burr's dominant portrayal ensured a highly successful TV series that aired until the mid 70's,and as a bonus there's a highly unexpected and bizarre turn by cultish singer Tiny Tim during Ironside's investigations!
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