A press is stolen from a print shop; an elderly gentleman threatens a shoot-out rather than leave his apartment; and the officers encounter an armored car -- not bank-type, but ex-Army.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Mermaid
Martin Endicott
Luanne Roberts ...
Heather Braun
Maurice Dallimore ...
Basil Farrington
Norma Fisher
Sgt. Stone
Tom Beaten


The duo is called to a press shop to take a theft report for a small offset press. Reed discovers a faucet used to break a window that proves to have the fingerprints of the thief. On the next call they are told an armed man has barricaded himself into a building scheduled for demolition the next day. He turns out to be a nearly blind man in his eighties with a non-functioning rusted old rifle. They agree to come back to take him to a home for the elderly but find he has runoff when they return. They find him on the street and convince him as their friend with a special relationship to check out the home. They encounter an army tank converted for legal road use. Malloy suggest the owner allow them to post a message about it in the police stations to reduce his encounters with the police. Finally a van running a red light leads to a chase and the capture of the thief of the press and the recovery of the press being used to print winning betting slips at the race track. Written by Anonymous

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18 March 1971 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The armored car was a WW II era M8 Greyhound. The LAPD also had some surplus M8s of their own around this time frame. See more »


The press in the back of the truck would need 110 volts to run. It is possible at this portrayed in the episode to have AC power supplies in vehicles. But they require gasoline power generators. And nothing like that is heard running. See more »

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Seminal, Classic Cannell
13 January 2012 | by (Hudson Valley NY) – See all my reviews

This one of the late Stephen Cannell's earliest TV credits, and the first he wrote for A-12 - and its a beaut! This HAD to have been the script which got him the story editor job for A-12's fourth, and best season.

It's classic Cannell, with humor that is never forced - a rarity in Mark IV productions - tight plotting, and great characterizations, even for the 'walk ons'. Plus that little touch of - what else to call it - goofiness that will show up in almost all of Cannell's future work; i.e., the guy who drives a tank around L.A. as his vehicle. Another plus is that Universal and/or Mark IV seems to have picked up on this, and gave director Nyby a couple of extra shooting dollars, as there are no obvious back lot scenes, and Nyby gets a couple of really nice shots in - especially the shot at the end pulling back from the unfinished ramp.

It would have been interesting to see what Cannell could have done with DRAGNET 6X....

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