If you are (re)acquainting yourself with episodes of Ironside through DVD or on Hulu.com, you can't go wrong with this one. This is from the third season, therefore, the only classic ingredient missing is the old gray wheelchair van.
Tracy Oliver (Dana Wynter) is a rich lady who - long ago - had a dinner date with young Robert Ironside. Since then, she's been accused of her husband's murder. The trial ended with a hung jury, which left a cloud over her reputation. Now, as she is about to inherit her husband's millions, she attempts suicide.
Ironside and his three younger sidekicks delve back in the old murder case, find out why Tracy is acting so mysteriously, and finally clear her.
"Beyond a Shadow" has a clever twist at the end (just when you think you've figured it out), and it allows Raymond Burr to show his loving side. Dana Wynter - the b*tchy wife from Airport - is just right here, the sort of woman you could never forget after a long ago date. And comedian Mort Sahl is great as a muckracking Nancy Grace avant la lettre.
If there were ever to be an Ironside movie, in the loving-sarcastic vein of Starsky & Hutch or The Brady Bunch, this would make a good starting point.
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