A tough cop in charge of a special felony squad goes after the vicious son of a Mafia chief who is pulling a string of strong-arm robberies.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Dave Blodgett
Jenny Dale
Martha LaFreida
Ray Gonzales
Slow Boy
Sgt. Solly 'Sal Pickles' Piccolini
Chief Harry Stahlgaher
James Luisi ...
Toby O'Brien (as Jim Luisi)
Mel Scott ...
Jay Castle
Kurt Mueller
Detective #1 - 1st Supermarket Robbery
Taylor Lacher ...
Detective #2 - 1st Supermarket Robbery
Kim Hamilton ...
Harriet Parsons


A tough cop in charge of a special felony squad goes after the vicious son of a Mafia chief who is pulling a string of strong-arm robberies.

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20 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


On the DVD version released in 2011 by Shout Factory, the menu and promotional info has the correct title of "Slow Boy". On the episode's opening credits, the title is listed as "Stakeout". See more »


Followed by Police Story: Monster Manor (1988) See more »

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Realism abounds
1 December 2000 | by (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Joseph Wambaugh brought stark police realism to his novels both fiction and non-fiction. This 1973 NBC pilot was a gripping fast paced crime drama that showed the human side of cops in Los Angeles. This launched the series which won an Emmy for Best Drama in 1976. The show featured not just uniformed cops and detectives, but special police units as SWAT, SSD (Special Surveillance Detail) and Internal Affairs. The show had "Wambaugh Players" who made multiple appearances in recurring and multiple roles, the most prominent being Don Meredith, Tony LoBianco, James Farentino and Jan-Michael Vincent. The scripts were first rate, especially when written by TV legands, E. Arthur Kean, Sean Baine and E. Jack Neuman and the directing was superbly handled by crafty action veterans as Barry Shear, Leo Penn and Don Medford. And yes, that music by Jerry Goldsmith. Nearly 30 years later, POLICE STORY still plays as first rate drama.

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