Ironside: Season 1, Episode 16

Force of Arms (4 Jan. 1968)

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The chief of staff for a millionaire's citizen vigilance group is found dead in his wrecked car. Ironside looks into a theory that the murderer was an organization insider trying to set up the victim as a martyr.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Connolly
Gene Raymond ...
Marcus Weathers
Linden Chiles ...
Jeff Hanson
Don Galloway ...
Barbara Anderson ...
Don Mitchell ...
Diane Brewster ...
Susan Weathers
Gene Lyons ...
Victor Cramer
Les Crane ...
Ron Russell ...
Frank Gerstle ...
Buck Dennison
Cliff Norton ...
Henry Brink
Arthur Adams ...
Dr. Gwynne


The chief of staff for a millionaire's citizen vigilance group is found dead in his wrecked car. Ironside looks into a theory that the murderer was an organization insider trying to set up the victim as a martyr.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 January 1968 (USA)  »

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Annabelle ten to fifteen
27 June 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Californian multi millionaire Marcus Weathers, Gene Raymond, is planning to set up and organize his own private police force called the Second Force. Made up of ex-cops and battle hardened combat veterans recently retuning from Viet Nam the Second Force is to do the job that in Weathers' mind the San Francisco Police Depertment is, by respecting the law and observing it, unable or unwilling to do. With everything set to go all of a sudden Weithers' right hand man security expert Buck Dennison, Frank Gerstle, ends up dead in his car that was rolled off, with his body in it, Angels Crest along the Pacific Coast Highway. Put on the case Special Police Consultant Robert T. Ironside, Raymond Burr, smells a rat in that Dennison's murder wasn't the results of someone who had it in for Weathers and his Second Force organization but was an inside job instead. Just like the Nazi set Reichstag's fire of 1933.

Ironside soon starts to realize that Weithers as well as his top honchos are slated to be knocked off by someone or someones in his organization who's to turn it into a violent Neo-Nazi like gestapo or Soviet KGB police force! And is now forced to save Weithers neck as much as Ironside dislikes the man. And as Ironside soon discovers those who are planning to take over the Second Force are as close to Weathers as his T-shirt and jockey shorts.

****SPOILERS**** Ironside taking the initiative and putting his life on the line goes solo or on his own to keep those who are planning to whack Weathers from doing it. As it turned out those who were planing this hostile takeover of the Second Force were also planning to double-cross each other, typical of that kind of Nazi thuggery, which in fact made Ironside's job and the police coming to his rescue that much easier. And it was the person who was to take over Weathers job as the organization's #1 man whom Ironside saved most of all. That by switching the gun meant to knock him off with blanks so he'd live to stand trial for both murder and kidnapping among other charges.

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