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(1967 TV Movie)

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  • 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 Michelle Sturges
  • At his first vacation in 25 years chief detective Robert Ironside is shot by an unknown assaulter. After two days in coma he awakens. He survives, but has to spend the rest of his life in wheelchair. Ironside convinces his chief, commissioner Dennis Randall, to let him continue his work at the police, although as a volunteer, because he now has a pension. He also convinces Randall to give him an empty storage at the third floor for his combined office and dwelling. Ironside will have a small staff, sergeant Ed Brown and officer Eve Whitfield, working with him. His first assignment is to assist in the investigation of the attack on himself. The team starts their work by targeting criminals, who would be able to kill Ironside as a revenge. Ed Brown comes up with a young black man, Mark Sanger, but when Ironside meets Mark, he immediately understands that this couldn't be the assaulter. Instead he makes an unexpected move and employs Mark as his personal assistant. Soon all clues point at another young criminal, Anthony Emmons, as the probable assaulter.

    - Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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