Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Guns Don't Die 

When a series of murders committed by the same gun, but by different killers, crosses his table, Quincy goes on the hunt for the gun and investigates the problems surrounding hand gun ownership.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
Danny Tovo
Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill
Willie McCracken
John Todd
Anthony Costello ...
'Slammer' Angelini
Pawnshop Owner
Richard Minchenberg ...
Jody St. Michael ...


When a series of murders committed by the same gun, but by different killers, crosses his table, Quincy goes on the hunt for the gun and investigates the problems surrounding hand gun ownership.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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13 January 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictional manufacturer of the revolver that the story centers around, is referred to as a 'Wallenberg', an obvious nod to co-star, and good friend Gary Walberg, who portrays Lt. Monahan. See more »


Mr. Niles at the end said he bought the hand gun 8 or 9 years ago but was stolen a couple of months later. Then, when talking to his wife, he says it's been gone for five years. See more »


Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Guns don't die. But people do.
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Completely recycled H5O story
13 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Guns Don't Die begins with two broke junkees needing a fix using a gun to rob a man in the park, but the victim fights back and is shot dead. One of the junkees throws the gun away near a tree leading it to be found by a teenager the next day who goes on to shoot another boy after a verbal altercation. Later, the police and Quincy (Jack Klugman) identify that the bullets were fired from the same gun which leads to a desperate search for the weapon before it falls into the hands of another person who will also use it to kill.

As another reviewer perfectly pointed out, this story is a complete rip off from the 1975 Hawaii Five-O episode Diary of a Gun and I was immediately reminded of the same thing. Unlike this Quincy episode, though, I thought the Hawaii Five-O story was much better and had way more credibility. First off, why is Quincy so involved in this case and the police investigation to the point of going along with Monahan (Garry Walberg) to question suspects and execute search warrants? He is the coroner, and once he determined the cause of death and pulled the bullet out his job would be done with the rest of the investigation being up to the police and ballistics. Since Hawaii Five-O centered around a police unit and crime lab, the story was more appropriate and relevant for that show, but for Quincy, he has no business being involved in most of this plot.

I won't ruin anything with details, but I also thought that the final scenes were total overkill and completely unnecessary. The message about gun control is made throughout the episode ad nausem, so to conclude in this manner was yet another reason for me to dislike it. How about just ending with a nice, light-hearted scene at Danny's after such heavy material?

This is the second Season 7 episode in a row with a completely recycled story which further convinces me that the writers were struggling for ideas at this point. I don't recommend this episode unless you are a dedicated fan of the series who wants to see it all, rather if you want to see a good version of this story check out Hawaii Five-O's Diary of a Gun episode.

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