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Credited cast:
Robert Ironside (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eve Whitfield (archive footage)
Dr. Ben Stern (archive footage)
Father Dugan (archive footage)
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown (archive footage)
Mark Sanger (archive footage)
Louise Prescott (archive footage)
Ernie Clark (archive footage)
Mel Scott ...
Ralph Fellows (archive footage)
Sister Agatha (archive footage)
Albee (archive footage)


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murder | See All (1) »


Mystery | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

26 September 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Chef - Mit einem Bein im Grab  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Twenty minutes of footage from this TV movie were re-edited into a demonstration film for a proposed medical drama-based TV series called "Forefront". The series would have focused on the characters played by Joseph Cotten, Troy Donahue and Lilia Skala. See more »


Edited from Ironside: Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 2 (1968) See more »

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Tootie smokes, Tootie KILLS!
30 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a grand old two-parter Ironside episode. The Chief briefly regains some sensations in his legs. His surgeon-friend Joseph Cotten suggests a dangerous operation that might help him walk again. As it happens, a guard at the hospital gets killed during a drug holdup at the pharmacy. The murderer escapes, but the chief has seen him and distributes his likeness to the media.

Fussing over the chief is perennial Teutonic nun Lilia Skala, handsome priest Troy Donahue, and - of course - Ed, Eve, and Mark.

Wouldn't you know, but the cool and composed pharmacist (Margaret O'Brien, yes, little Tootie from Meet me in St Louis) is in cahoots with the drug thief. The two fiends plan to substitute a bottle of Cyanide gas for the oxygen to be used during the Chief's surgery.

Slow moving at times, but a classic.

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