Adam-12: Season 7, Episode 19

Suicide (18 Mar. 1975)

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Reed and Malloy deal with victims of depression as a new mother and suicidal businessman need hospitalization.

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William Boyett ...
Tom Drake ...
Douglas Hanley
Ronne Troup ...
Dee Hawkins
Milton Frome ...
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Armand Alzamora ...
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Fred Stromsoe ...
Walker Edmiston ...
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Sheila Bromley ...
Grace Robertson
Bruce Watson ...
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Mac tells the officers to be on the lookout for a man with a green Pinto who is going to commit suicide. An apartment manager finds a baby in a trash can forcing the officers to track down the mother. They track her down via the clinic where the baby was born and learn she is a drug addict. A woman spots five men stripping a car. She has the license number of their truck but tells the officer they are returning to complete the job allowing the officers to arrest the men. They find the green Pinto and with Malloy talking to the man and Reed coming in from the adjoining room they are able to stop him. Written by Anonymous

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The Suicidal Boy Next Door...
17 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was watching this fairly grim end-of-the-run Adam-12 episode with little interest until I thought I recognized a voice. That voice! Why... could it be that's MGM's perennial boy-next-door Tom Drake? Yup! He's in the final segment as Hanley, a suicidal 41-year old Pinto owner shacked up with a bottle and a .38 snubnose in a motel on Donnelly Drive. His wife back in Omaha is worried about him and Reed and Malloy are given the unpleasant duty of keeping their eyes peeled for Ford Pintos with Nebraska plates. Tom was actually closer to 56 at this point, and while it's possible I'm reading more into this than I should, Drake looks well cast; he appears well worn, alcoholic with a bad upper plate and a worse toupee. It makes it difficult to reconcile this mid-70's incarnation with the 25-year old kid who, thanks to 4F status had a brief shot at super stardom during WW2 under the aegis of Louis B. Mayer. Somewhere after VJ Day he was lost in the hordes of actors returning home and his boyishly bland appeal quickly waned--- Metro kicked most of their contract players loose in 1950 after several years wallowing red ink on orders from parent Loew's Inc. If Gable can get cut, Drake didn't stand a chance. Still, seeing Tom Drake in an Adam-12 was a shock.

Aside from that, this episode features a segment with Bobby Troup's daughter, Ronne (then 29... looking a decade younger) as a post-delivery junkie. The relationship producer Webb had with the Troup's was nothing if not a bit strange by typical Hollywood divorce standards: songwriter Bobby had married Webb's ex-wife, uber-sultry singer Julie London in 1959. Webb hired most of the Troup's for his last big hit, Emergency! Such amicability is rare in Tinsel Town and Webb, despite his well-earned reputation as an economical producer, was incredibly loyal to actors he liked (Casey Harris, Merry Anders, Virginia Gregg, Olan Soule, etc.).

One thing about Jack Webb: if you didn't joke on the set, played cards and drank with him after a day's shoot and could stagger back on to the set the following day and deliver a performance for scale, he'd call you back. By the time your liver exploded in the Motion Picture Home you'd be memorialized in Mark VII-produced reruns for posterity.

These late Adam-12's are a mixed bag... the series was winding down by the time the boys suffer the cruel fate of having to patrol Los Angeles in an AMC Ambassador (in one episode Malloy is the proud new owner of a 1974 AMC Matador: oh, the pain, the pain!). I'm giving this a 10 for the glimpse of Tom Drake alone.


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