Stone and Keller contend with an AWOL Vietnam War soldier determined to abduct a five-year-old child.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Forrest
Joan Forrest / Genetti
Martha Reardon
Richard O'Brien ...
Barney Reardon
Douglas Henderson ...
Dr. Kemp
Sean Reardon
Louise Lewis ...
Martha Reardon's sister (as Louise Fitch)


Stone and Keller contend with an AWOL Vietnam War soldier determined to abduct a five-year-old child.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

14 October 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The carousel to which Mrs. Reardon and her sister take the child is in San Francisco Zoo. As of 2017, it is still running, but tickets cost $3 instead of 10c. See more »

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What an amazingly blasé kid! And, what a weak episode.
18 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, a man breaks into a little boy's bedroom but is chase away by the father. The police aren't sure what happened--was it an attempted kidnapping or some pervert trying to get to the boy? Soon, Detective Stone (Karl Malden) is confused and wonders what's REALLY going on because the parents are behaving a bit cagey. He soon learns that the parents are afraid to answer questions because the adoption for their boy wasn't 100% legal because of a technicality. However, the kidnapper turns out to be the boy's biological father and he doesn't know that there was a problem with the adoption--he just wants the kid back NOW. He's also highly unstable and seemed awfully dangerous throughout the show. This is why then ending of the show caught me off guard. How could an AWOL and very unstable man be so easily be talked into releasing the boy when he eventually does kidnap him? I dunno--and it looks like the writer didn't know either! Too many plot holes and too many sloppy scenes made this one hard to take seriously. Another example of this was how blasé the little boy was in this show. After all, a guy kidnaps him and the kid is just fine with it and sees it all as a big adventure for most of the episode! What a weird (and possibly stupid) kid--and a very strange reaction. Also, watch the weather--that is REALLY weird. In the big kidnapping scene near the end, it's a bright, sunny day--then it's all foggy! Now I know fog is not unusual in San Francisco, but it is hilarious how it goes from a perfect day to 100% fog INSTANTLY! Overall, very, very weak and the show SHOULD have handled this all so much better.

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