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"Police Story" Wyatt Earp Syndrome (1974)

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Original Air Date:
5 March 1974 (Season 1, Episode 18)
Officer Nations is feeling the strain, in both his job and his personal life, of trying to solve all the world's ills from his patrol car. | Add synopsis »
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It's just me against the world.... See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Cliff Gorman ... Curt Nations

Smokey Robinson ... Hawkins

Mel Ferrer ... Dr. Ross

Scott Brady ... Vinnie

Harry Guardino ... Di Marco

Kim Darby ... Barbara Nations

Arthur Franz ... Professor

Michael Baseleon ... Davidson
Phillip R. Allen ... Ellison

James Murtaugh ... Mr. Peters (as Jim Murtaugh)
David Roy ... Boy Driver

Clark Howat ... Man (as Clark Howatt)
Bert Kramer ... Detective
Jack Bailey ... Riley
Bruce Fairbairn ... Jerry / 1st Student
Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Motel Owner #2
Bernie Kuby ... Mgt. Easy Hrs. Motel
George Kramer ... Lindberg
Alan Hunt ... Doyle
Karen Klein ... Girl
Leslie Vallen ... Nurse
Leigh Webb ... Ambulance Attendant
Tony Haig ... 2nd Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Roya ... Boy Driver (as David Roy)

Kim Richards ... Melanie Peters (uncredited)
Carol Ann Warder ... Debbie Nations (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert L. Collins  (as Robert Collins)
Writing credits
Joseph Wambaugh (creator)

Robert L. Collins (writer) (as Robert Collins)

E. Jack Neuman (developed for television by)

Produced by
David Gerber .... executive producer
Stanley Kallis .... producer
Christopher Morgan .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Emmett Bergholz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh Chaloupka 
Casting by
Al Onorato 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
Edwin O'Donovan  (as Edwin R. O'Donovan)
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel)
David Horowitz 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Robert J. Anderson .... unit production manager (as Robert Anderson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Anderson Jr. .... assistant director (as John Anderson)
Art Department
Sandy Dvore .... graphic artist
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Renée Valente .... casting executive (as Renee Valente)
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Louis H. Goldstein .... production coordinator
Luther James .... assistant to producer
Liam O'Brien .... executive story consultant
Mark Rodgers .... executive story consultant
Joseph Wambaugh .... production consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Downing  writer
Jack Hanrahan  writer
E. Jack Neuman  developed for television by
Joseph Wambaugh  creator

Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons III .... second assistant director
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects coordinator
Denny Arnold .... stunts
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (as Steven Burnett)
Bob Herron .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunt performer
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Don Pike .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer
Dick Warlock .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Herrin .... set costumer
Transportation Department
Jack Carpenter .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Norman Marck .... director trainee
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
It's just me against the world...., 3 April 2017
Author: MartinHafer from Bradenton, Florida

Curt Nations (Cliff Gorman) is all cop, all the time. When the work day is over, he's still on edge, distant and rigid. He's also angry, resentful and difficult to live with and his family suffers. Something has to give...he can't keep up like this forever. According to the police psychologist (Mel Ferrer), guys like Nations suffer from a 'Wyatt Earp Syndrome' and says many cops go through this phase early in their careers and they think it's just them against the world...and most get through it. But some simply won't listen, won't change and are beyond help. Nations needs to learn to leave the job behind him after the day is done...or crack up and/or lose his family. He also needs to realize he's part of a team and cannot solve every crime on his own.

The first thing I noticed about this episode was Nation's new partner, Hawkins...who was played by none other than Smokey Robinson! It was Robinson's first acting gig and it was surprising seeing him playing a cop and not a Motown singer!

Overall, this is an important AND very depressing episode...especially by what the show SEEMS to imply at the very end. I say important because many policemen are damaged...suffering from PTSD, depression and other work-related disorders. Well worth seeing and far from enjoyable...but worth seeing due to the story and the great acting by Gorman.

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