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"Emergency!" The Wedsworth-Townsend Act (1972)

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Director:
Writers:
Harold Jack Bloom (creator)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
15 January 1972 (Season 1, Episode 0)
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Plot:
The new LACFD paramedics struggle to prove themselves to a doubtful Dr. Brackett as a pending state bill authorizing their field duties comes to a vote. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Excellent beginning See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robert Fuller ... Dr. Kelly Brackett

Julie London ... Dixie McCall, R.N.

Bobby Troup ... Dr. Joe Early

Randolph Mantooth ... Paramedic John Gage

Kevin Tighe ... Paramedic Roy DeSoto

Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy

Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed

Jack Kruschen ... State Assemblyman Michael Wolski

Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown ... Man with Ulcer
Art Balinger ... Battalion Chief Conrad

Virginia Gregg ... Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
Herb Vigran ... Committee Chairman

Colby Chester ... Fireman Tony Freeman
Ron Pinkard ... Tom Gray, M.D.
Kathryn Kelly Wiget ... Joanne DeSoto
Bert Holland ... Convention Center Manager
Don Ross ... Man at Boatyard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rand Brooks ... Police Officer at Traffic Accident (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Battalion Chief (uncredited)
Scott Gourlay ... Orderly (uncredited)

Linda Kelsey ... Victim (uncredited)
Sam Lanier ... Radio Dispatcher (uncredited)
Marco López ... Fireman Marco Lopez (uncredited)
John Nolan ... Workman (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Woman at Cave-In (uncredited)
Don Pierpont ... Battalion 14's Aide (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Station 51 Fireman (uncredited)

Brad Savage ... Tim (uncredited)
Len Wayland ... Police Sergeant at Rampart (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jack Webb 
 
Writing credits
Harold Jack Bloom  creator &
Harold Jack Bloom  written by &
Robert A. Cinader  creator (as R.A. Cinader) &
Robert A. Cinader  written by (as R.A. Cinader)

Produced by
Robert A. Cinader .... producer (as R.A. Cinader)
William Stark .... associate producer (as Wm. Stark)
Jack Webb .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (director of photography) (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Warren Adams  (as Warren H. Adams)
 
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd 
 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
 
Production Management
Joseph E. Kenney .... unit manager (as Joseph E. Kenny)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (as Robert Bertrand)
 
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Gourlay .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Larry Harmell .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Runtime:
96 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The fire station seen in the opening credits is actually Station 127 and is located in Carson, California at 2049 223rd Street (off Wilmington, and across from the Arco Refinery). Station 127 was renamed "R.A. Cinader Memorial Fire Station 127" after the death of "Emergency!" producer R. A. Cinader.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the second hour, the paramedics discuss with Dixie McCall a heroin overdose case that was just brought in. DeSoto mentions that the OD was a "...post-graduate mainliner. Sheriff's follow-up found two balloons of hash in her pocket." Hash is a derivative of marijuana. It is smoked, not injected, has no relationship to heroin, and is seldom distributed in balloons, as heroin is.See more »
Quotes:
Battalion Chief:Gage.
Paramedic John Gage:Yes sir?
Battalion Chief:That special training program. Remember? We were talking about it a couple of days ago?
Paramedic John Gage:Yes sir. The para-something-or-other...
Battalion Chief:Paramedics. The first class just finished last week.
Paramedic John Gage:Good.
Battalion Chief:I'm supposed to encourage all our young rescue personnel to volunteer for the next class.
Paramedic John Gage:Yes sir. Wellll, I guess I'm just too stupid to take advantage of such an opportunity.
Battalion Chief:I know it's work. No raise in pay. But, it just might be worthwhile.
Paramedic John Gage:It might be, if I wanted to be an ambulance attendant; but I don't. Chief, I'm a rescue man. I trained to be a rescue man and I like being a rescue man. Now, why should I die from improvements?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Excellent beginning, 10 July 2012
Author: Michelle Palmer from United States

This is actually a movie length first episode about how the paramedic program got started. It's a landmark episode, since the beginning of paramedics has saved thousands of lives over the years.

In this episode, we meet the doctors and Dixie of Rampart, as well as Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto. This is the only episode we see Roy's wife. Besides them, none of the other characters are the same. In episode two, we get to meet the fellows of Squad 51 (though the chief in the beginning is different).

This series trumps ER and any of those other emergency shows. From what I understand, firemen were on staff to make sure things were done right, and these scenes were taken from actual calls.

Also, in the first few episodes Dixie and Cal are a serious couple, madly in love and talking about marriage. But within just a few episodes, Dixie just becomes "one of the guys."

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