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The Ironside squad takes on a case of serial murder in this episode. It
seems that someone is murdering any and all including parole board
members who had something to do with the release of a notorious drug
dealer. The squad has a unique qualification for the job.
One of the members of the board, one Carlton Duffy who is a crusty character with a a full blond head of hair and a beard bears a curious resemblance to the Chief. So the two change places under duress from Duffy. Chief Ironside moves into Duffy's mountain cabin and Don Mitchell has to take care of Duffy who makes Ironside look like a pussy cat.
I did enjoy Raymond Burr playing both Ironside and an Ironside exponential type character. I think everyone else will too.
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Slight change of pace for IRONSIDE as the Chief has to go undercover,
and Raymond Burr plays a dual role with the kind of special effects
used in THE PATTY DUKE SHOW and THE PARENT TRAP.
I bet this was a fun one for Burr; he certainly seemed to be enjoying cocking his leg up on furniture as the Duffy character, something Burr had at this point been prohibited from doing for several years because of Chief Ironside not having any feeling in his own legs. I thought Burr was pretty good as Duffy, but I thought the Chief didn't do a very good job of impersonating Duffy, which, since Chief Ironside isn't supposed to be a professional actor, may have been really good acting from Burr. Hurting the credibility of the impersonation is that the Duffy character clearly has a degree of albinism, yet nothing's done to lighten Chief Ironside's skin tone whilst he's playing at being Duffy. So it doesn't make sense that the William Katt character, who is on fairly familiar terms with Duffy, should buy into the charade for as long as he does.
This is another one of those episodes in which the Chief is able to outmaneuver a murderous automobile through fancy wheelchair rolling.
Carlton Duffy is credited at the end as playing himself but it is
obviously Burr is a dodgy grey wig, dodgy grey beard and dodgy Irish
The give-away is the extended vowels and deep voice - pure Raymond Burr.
It is not a credit to his acting ability.
In the story, Ironside then impersonates Duffy to decoy a murderer - not a great stretch!
Of course the special effects guys get to put them in the same room together;
- that is the most impressive bit of the whole operation
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