The set of a Western movie is the site of a murder, another in a series targeting members of actor Steve Hanson's Wolf pack club. Starsky and Hutch go undercover as stuntmen to protect Steve.




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Episode cast overview:
Huggy Bear (credit only)
Wally Stone
Harry Markham
Layne Britton ...
'Shotgun' Casey
Susan Cotton ...
Julie West
Toni Lamond ...
Ruth Willoughby
Sandy Herdt ...
Charlotte Rogers
Read Morgan ...


The set of a Western movie is the site of a murder, another in a series targeting members of actor Steve Hanson's Wolf pack club. Starsky and Hutch go undercover as stuntmen to protect Steve.

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19 March 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The character of Wally Stone is loosely based on that of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, who similarly was a jumbo-sized comedian implicated but never convicted in the death of an actress at a wild Hollywood party. The subsequent scandal and trials abruptly ended Arbuckle's promising career, as it did Wally Stone's. Only two years prior to this episode's broadcast, a film loosely based on Arbuckle's story was released, The Wild Party (1975). See more »

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10 August 2016 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Starsky and Hutch go undercover as stuntmen on a movie set to protect the movie star from an unknown assassin. The killer is a crafty former actor/comedian with a grudge, who can don disguises and has already killed most of the star's friends and fellow actors, making each killing look like an accident.

Starsky and Hutch could take some lessons from the killer about how to blend in when in disguise and undercover. As usual, as undercover stuntmen, they stand out in weird outfits (the feather in Hutch's hat bothers me so much) and bumbling ineptness. I suppose it's funny in a way, but I get tired of it. I really didn't like Hutch having to be so terrible when he is given a line to say in the movie. I suppose they, as actors, were having a bit of fun making fun of themselves as actors. OK, fair enough.

There were quite a few lines and situations in this movie within a TV show that were probably entertaining for the cast and crew of the show. PMG and DS get to say things like "We get to be actors?" and "I didn't know actors worked so late" and other things that had touches of irony. I have to think they enjoyed that. They also discuss the fleeting nature of fame with the movie star, which was also a bit of poignancy, considering PMG and DS were on the high cycle of fame at the time. I'm sure there were a lot of insider jokes going on in the filming of this episode. The show's real make-up artist, "Shotgun" Britton, has a speaking role, so you have to know they were all goofing a lot with this show. Who knows how many other thing were going on in this show within a show.

A reoccurring theme that comes up in this episode is the troubled bad guy. There seems, especially in Season 2 of this show but also quite often in 70s cop drama, to be this concept of the mentally or emotionally damaged criminal who is not completely responsible of his actions, and for whom we should feel pity. I've lost count of how many times Starsky and Hutch have lowered their weapons against a gun-toting perp, because they think they can reason with him and talk him out of his evil intentions, because he's really just misunderstood or maybe having a bad day. These days it's hard to imagine cops in such a scenario; anyone holding a gun, or anything that looks anything like a gun, is shot twenty times before he can blink. It's interesting to consider how these conceptions have changed through the years. Starsky and Hutch is a microcosm of our ideas of law and order, crime and justice, as they existed at that time. It's curious how things have changed; our thoughts on these matters haven't quite gone on the trajectory you might have expected they were going to go in 1979. Or maybe they have.

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