Ironside: Season 1, Episode 3

Dead Man's Tale (28 Sep. 1967)

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Top-level attorney John Trask (Jack Lord) is actually a top Mob boss whose "clients" are really his under-bosses running operations in the San Francisco underworld. At the beginning of the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
John Trask
Don Galloway ...
Barbara Anderson ...
Don Mitchell ...
Susanne Cramer ...
Tina Masson
Gene Lyons ...
Simon Scott ...
Warren Stuart
Ben Wright ...
Dr. Leon Chaffey
Byron Morrow ...
Mr. Gregory
Frank Gerstle ...
Eddie Burns
John Goddard ...
Ernie Greco
Luther Carson
Bob Turnbull ...


Top-level attorney John Trask (Jack Lord) is actually a top Mob boss whose "clients" are really his under-bosses running operations in the San Francisco underworld. At the beginning of the show, a hit man assassinates Trask's No. 2 man on Trask's orders. Ironside, realizing the killer didn't stay around to see if the victim was dead, sends out the word that the victim is still alive and being held in a secure hospital prison ward. Trask gains admittance to the prison-ward lobby by claiming attorney-client privilege, but Ironside (as himself), Eve (posing as a nurse) and Mark (posing as a prison orderly) keep him from getting into the man's room. Not to be outdone, Trask rigs a bomb right outside the hospital ward gate to explode, injuring himself and Ironside slightly and the guard beside the gate seriously, in order to get another orderly into the ward and then into the room. But Ironside has it set up so the orderly (on Trask's payroll) finds a false clue and lure Trask into trying ... Written by Peter Harris

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28 September 1967 (USA)  »

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The backyard swimming pool location where Trask's assistant is murdered is the same one used as the site of a murder in "Tagged for Murder" just four weeks later. See more »

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***SPOILER*** Fearing that San Francisco mobster Warren Stuart, Simon Scott, is going to turn states evidence against the Organization mob chief Jack Trask, Jack Lord, has him whacked right in front of his girlfriend top fashion model Tina Masson,Susanne Cramer, while taking a dip in his swimming pool. Put on the case special police consultant Robert T. Ironside, Raymond Burr, keeps the news of Stuart's murder from the newspapers making it look like he survived the hit-job and is in protective custody at a local San Francisco hospital. It now turns into a waiting game for Ironside with Trask in order to see when he'll come out of the shadows and show his hand. That in him trying to finish the job , the hit job on Stuart, that unknown to Trask has already been accomplished!

Trask is now in trouble with his boss "The Boss of Bosses" of the California Crime Syndicated Mister Big himself Salvadore "Big Sal" Gregory, Byron Morrow who's gangster empire is on the brink of collapse it Stuart talks. Knowing that if he doesn't get to knock off the seriously injured Stuart, who's unknown to Trask already dead, he'll end up at the bottom of San Francisco Bay in a concrete overcoat courtesy of "Big Sal" Gregory. Having Stuart's girlfriend kidnapped by his goons Trask plans to use her as collateral or a bargaining chip in having Stuart not testify against him and his boss "Big Sal' Gregory or so he thought! That in Trask not knowing that Stuart was in no condition to talk to anyone anymore.

*****SPOILERS**** Panicking and making a run for it when the cops and Ironside were closing him on him Trask ends up, with hostage Tina Masson, at the San Francisco Airport and is ready to shoot it out with them as a last resort. Like all big time hoods Trask chickens out at the very last moment when his fellow goons deserted him and is quickly taken into custody by Ironside and the SFPD. With Trask about to be put into a police paddy-wagon he unconsciously commits another crime that the police can hold him on. He gets a ticket, littering in a public facility, for dropping a lighted cigarette on the tarmac as he was handcuffed and taken away.

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