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"Baretta" The 5½ Pound Junkie (1975)

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Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
Peter S. Fischer (written by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
24 January 1975 (Season 1, Episode 2)
After Baretta's childhood friend Eddie is killed, he takes on the obligation of a pregnant widow who is addicted to smack... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode holds up pretty well 30 years later See more (1 total) »


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

Robert Blake ... Det. Tony Baretta

Dana Elcar ... Lt. Shiller
Ayn Ruymen ... Sue Lee
Sarah Cunningham ... Jessie Perino
Mario Roccuzzo ... Joey Perino

Gerrit Graham ... Rick Parrish

Julian Christopher ... Abe Polo (as James Louis Watkins)

Tom Ewell ... Billy Truman
Rudolph Willrich ... Randy Cole
Harry Caesar ... Cliff Johnson

Victor Argo ... The Deacon
Richard Branda ... Koppleman

Michael D. Roberts ... Rooster
Mike Lieberman ... State Police Officer
John Shay ... 1st Doctor
Simmy Bow ... Lowell Petrie (as Simey Bow)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Medford 
Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)

Peter S. Fischer (written by)

Produced by
William F. Phillips .... associate producer
Jo Swerling Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Buford F. Hayes 
Art Direction by
Robert Luthardt 
Set Decoration by
Ed Baer 
Production Management
Charles Dismukes .... unit manager (as Charles E. Dismukes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Powell .... assistant director
Sound Department
Don Sharpless .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Waldo .... costumes
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

51 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

Sue Lee:How did you become a cop?
Det. Tony Baretta:Well that was kind of a promise I made to my old man. See my folks came over on a boat, and they didn't know nothing just ignorant. My mother did whatever she had to on the streets to support us. She died when I was 10, she sure loved me a lot, I never could figure that one out...
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Episode holds up pretty well 30 years later, 15 November 2006
Author: Derek Williams ( from New York, NY USA

I remember this series as a child.I thought it was cool then even though I didn't fully understand the issues involved.Now as an adult in my late thirties re-watching this I am really surprised at how much I'm enjoying this series on DVD.It's not just about nostalgia.The stories and Robert Blake's acting are just amazing.

The Five-And-A-Half-Pound Junkie episode Has Baretta protecting the pregnant junkie girlfriend of a murdered boxer.I won't give any more of the story away but to say that it's really exciting television viewing.In this episode we get to see Robert Blake's Baretta persona go undercover in a very different Los Angeles than exists now and it's a lot of fun.

Great episode!

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