The cases of a blind insurance investigator.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Mike Longstreet (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Nikki Bell (23 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Duke Paige (21 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Mrs. Kingston (18 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Li Tsung (4 episodes, 1971)
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 Dr. Dan Stockton (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
John Kellogg ...
 Lieutenant LeBeau (2 episodes, 1972)
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 Detective / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Motel Manager / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Frances Spanier ...
 Sylvia Krim / ... (2 episodes, 1971)
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 Nikki Bell (1 episode, 1971)
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 Duke Paige (1 episode, 1971)
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 Dr. Burlen (1 episode, 1971)
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 Danny (1 episode, 1971)
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 Lieutenant Hank Broidy (1 episode, 1971)
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 Harold Kemp (1 episode, 1971)
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 Hank Cottle (1 episode, 1971)
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 Sergeant Cory (1 episode, 1971)
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 Nelson Woodley (1 episode, 1971)
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 Fred Hornbeck (1 episode, 1971)
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 Bobby Karp (1 episode, 1971)
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 Molly Richards (1 episode, 1971)
Tim McIntire ...
 Richard Swift (1 episode, 1971)
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 Rudy Krim (1 episode, 1971)
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 Les Bailey (1 episode, 1971)
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 Dr. Kenneth Franklin (1 episode, 1971)
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 Paula Brinkley (1 episode, 1971)
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 Jordan Anderson (1 episode, 1971)
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 Flecker (1 episode, 1972)
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 Pete Labrienne (1 episode, 1972)
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 Arnold Zaduck (1 episode, 1972)
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 Hannah Aalborg (1 episode, 1972)
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 Roy Landers (1 episode, 1972)
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 Jim Collins (1 episode, 1972)
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 Miss Cooper (1 episode, 1972)
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 Barry Knox (1 episode, 1972)
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 Marcella Pierce (1 episode, 1971)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
 Emma Brinkley (1 episode, 1971)
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 Gus Pollack (1 episode, 1971)
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 Frank Glendon (1 episode, 1971)
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 Fred Decker (1 episode, 1971)
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 Marianne Franklin (1 episode, 1971)
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 Lydia Duval (1 episode, 1971)
Louise Latham ...
 Maxine Bailey (1 episode, 1971)
John Milford ...
 Jim Bolte (1 episode, 1971)
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 Alice Longstreet (1 episode, 1971)
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 Kim Anderson (1 episode, 1971)
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 Louisa De Carie (1 episode, 1971)
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 Julia Woodley (1 episode, 1971)
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 Montana (1 episode, 1971)
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 Arnold Murphy (1 episode, 1972)
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 Nurse Kelly Brandon (1 episode, 1972)
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 Russ Larsen (1 episode, 1972)
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 Edward Royce (1 episode, 1972)
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 Ray Eller (1 episode, 1972)
Lonny Chapman ...
 Lieutenant Crane (1 episode, 1972)
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 George Fourchet (1 episode, 1972)
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 Mrs. Ames (1 episode, 1972)
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 Gilman (1 episode, 1972)
Grace Albertson ...
 Frances Kemp (1 episode, 1971)
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 Lt. Ryder (1 episode, 1971)
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 Ben Cottle (1 episode, 1971)
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 Mrs. Franklin (1 episode, 1971)
Beverlee McKinsey ...
 Sue Hazelton (1 episode, 1971)
John McLiam ...
 Frank Brinkley (1 episode, 1971)
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 David De Carie (1 episode, 1971)
Logan Ramsey ...
 Ralph Clayton (1 episode, 1971)
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 Lieutenant Kirk Gantry (1 episode, 1971)
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 Max Jackowitz (1 episode, 1971)
Scott Walker ...
 Caleb (1 episode, 1971)
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 Charles Murphy (1 episode, 1971)
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 Daniel Bates (1 episode, 1972)
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 Connie Gilman (1 episode, 1972)
Walter Burke ...
 Virgil Willis (1 episode, 1972)
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 Jim Carlton (1 episode, 1972)
Lisabeth Hush ...
 Liz Royce (1 episode, 1972)
Milton Selzer ...
 Dr. Slater (1 episode, 1972)
Jan Shepard ...
 Alice Paige (1 episode, 1972)
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 Tom Hazelton (1 episode, 1971)
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 Casey Davenport (1 episode, 1971)
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 Eddie Gomez (1 episode, 1971)
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 Captain Dimirjian (1 episode, 1971)
Lloyd Gough ...
 Dr. Kenbrook (1 episode, 1971)
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 Harper (1 episode, 1971)
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 Walter Glenn (1 episode, 1971)
Judy Jones ...
 Ingrid Longstreet (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
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Storyline

Mike Longstreet was an insurance investigator who was blinded in an explosion. His wife was killed by the same blast. With the aid of braille teacher Nikki and guide dog Pax, Longstreet tracked down the jewel thieves who murdered his wife, and continued his career as a detective. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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23 February 1971 (USA)  »

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Karanliktaki Adam  »

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The ABC series ran from September 16, 1971 to August 10, 1972 (23 episodes) on Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 pm. The 90 minute pilot film originally aired on February 23, 1971 under the "ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week" umbrella. The film was replayed on ABC on September 9, 1971. See more »

Quotes

Duke Paige: What is this thing you do?
Li Tsing: In Catonese, Jeet Kune Do - the way of the intercepting fist.
Duke Paige: Intercepting fist, huh?
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Edited into Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On (1999) See more »

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Maybe a victim of scheduling
5 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember that for the fall of 1971 NBC moved "Ironside" from its longtime Thursday slot to Tuesday, and ABC decided that another show about a physically-challenged detective could fill the Thursday slot. As it turned out, "Ironside" ran into ratings problems against "Mod Squad," also on ABC, while "Longstreet" got as high as fifth in the Nielsen ratings. NBC quickly put "Ironside" back on Thursdays. Maybe Raymond Burr's snarling, intimidating personality made more of an impression than the more laid-back James Franciscus, best known at the time as English teacher Mr. Novak.

But that doesn't change the fact that "Longstreet" was a good show that happened to meet an early end; not only did we get to see the hero, who was blind, at work, but also learning how to cope with his new handicap. Maybe people didn't tune in week after week to get lessons on how to cope with blindness but I think it added a dimension to the show. And add to that the great supporting cast: Marlyn Mason as Longstreet's Braille teacher and assistant; Peter Mark Richman as his co-worker at the insurance company; Bruce Lee on the few occasions he appeared; and one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever seen--Pax, Longstreet's German shepherd guide dog. The characters on this show are likable, the violence is held to a minimum, and it's a shame ABC didn't give it a second season, maybe on a different night.

And just how does a sighted actor play a sightless character? Franciscus once said he had to learn to unfocus his eyes, and I remember an article in the Atlanta Constitution shortly after the series ended that said he suffered from real vision problems for a time because of this.

The only question I've always had is how Longstreet, even with the use of an electronic cane, always knew when to tell Pax to make a left or right turn.

Definitely well-written, well-acted, and a winner no matter if ABC didn't give it a second chance.


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