The Blue Knight: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (9 May 1975)

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A street cop in his last week on the force before his retirement investigates the murder of his partner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Charley Bronski
Edwin Beall
Moody Larkin
Michael Margotta ...
Frank Zugarelli
Seth Allen ...
John Steadman ...
Detective Harriman (as Richard Hurst)
Bart Burns ...
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Leroy 'Tank' Whittier
Walter Barnes ...
Personnel Officer
The Dutchman
Joel Stebbins
Britt Leach ...


A street cop in his last week on the force before his retirement investigates the murder of his partner.

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Kennedy takes over for Holden
20 June 2008 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

This is the pilot for the television series, following a TV movie made in 1973 starring William Holden. George Kennedy replaces Holden as "Bumper" Morgan, a beat cop wise to the streets and adverse to bureaucratic ways. Morgan takes it upon himself to investigate the death of a cop following a pawn shop robbery. His investigation leads him to Edwin Beall (Glynn Turman), a young black rights activist who might be arming the streets for a war against the cops. Based on Joseph Wambaugh's novel, this is an interesting piece of early 70s cop cinema. Not as tough as THE FRENCH CONNECTION or DIRTY HARRY, it still reinforces the idea that it is alright for cops to break the rules as long as we know they are doing it for the good of common man. Kennedy is his usual affable self, so it is kinda hard to swallow bits where he roughhouses thugs. Alex Rocco plays his closest friend on the force and Verna Bloom is Morgan's love interest. Directed with little flair by vet J. Lee Thompson.

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