Ironside (1967–1975)
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The Leaf in the Forest 

The smothering death of an elderly woman is blamed on an at-large serial killer, but Ironside notices enough differences in this case to see if a second murderer was trying to give that impression.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert T. Ironside
Pierre Dupont
Mason Bylis
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Officer Eve Whitfield
Mark Sanger
Myra Dupont
Commissioner Dennis Randall
Esther Garrison
Joe Finnigan ...
1st Reporter
Vernon Scott ...
2nd Reporter
Sean Kennedy ...
1st Hippie
2nd Hippie


An old woman, Esther Garrison, is found strangled in her apartment. She is the fifth elderly woman that is murdered in the same way in the same area around Bradley Plaza in Bayside. The police are looking for a serial killer, but Ironside thinks it's not the same killer this time, because several details are different. He thinks that the killer consciously uses the four previous cases to hide his own homicide, just as the best place to hide a leaf is in a forest. Ironside is sure that Pierre Dupont, Mrs. Garrison's business manager, is the murder. Dupont has the motif, because after her death he will be the executive of her estate. The problem is that Dupont's wife gives him alibi for the evening the murder was committed, and that Ironside has no evidence. To catch the serial murder Ironside sets up a trap. Officer Eve Whitfield is disguised as an old woman, and put to bed in an apartment in Bradley Plaza. The serial killer is lured into the trap and seized. He confesses that he is ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

21 September 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ironside: The Leaf in the Forest
24 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is the second outing for consultant "Chief" Ironside ( not including the pilot).It is not one of the more memorable episodes; perhaps the cast are just finding their feet. The plot is pedestrian and the acting rather wooden.

The principal failure is the plot which fails to engage- principally because it fails to draw out the characters. The murderer's motives seem ostensibly plausible, but there is no sense in which we gain any psychological insight into the protagonist (vetern actor John Larch)and his motives.The episode title exercises only a tenuous link to the plot ( from a proverb apparently.The continuity seems to be contrived and there is little sense that it develops the plot or the characters. there are the usual shots of the paddy-wagon racing uptown but nothing really seems to come together.

The consummate eponymous Chief, Raymond Burr seems quite adrift in this rather slight plot and there is little for him to actually do.Fortunately, the series does improve and there is much to commend such a long and distinguished series.

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