Ed Brown runs into officer Ray Leonard, an old friend moonlighting as a cab driver and finds a package of drugs in his taxi. Returning to find the previous fare, Leonard shoots the man ... See full summary »

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Ed Brown runs into officer Ray Leonard, an old friend moonlighting as a cab driver and finds a package of drugs in his taxi. Returning to find the previous fare, Leonard shoots the man three times, killing him. Suspected of drug trafficking, both policemen are promptly suspended pending an investigation. Ironside and his team also investigate to clear Ed. Written by bobbymaxwell

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27 February 1969 (USA)  »

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Deadly Pick-up
14 August 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS**** It's when Det Sgt. Ed Brown, Don Galloway, stops his friend and fellow police officer Ray Leonard, Linden Chiles, moonlighting as a San Francisco taxi driver he forces his way into his cab together with Officer Eve Whitfield, Barbara Anderson, for both a ride and friendly chit-chat. Leaving Leonard's intended customer Pat Arnold, Dick O'Shea, out in the cold and on the street it's later found out By Officer Eve Whitfield a package in the cab that was very possibly interned for Arnold containing a load of illegal drugs! With Det. Sgt. Brown having the cab turned around to give the drugs back to as well as arrest what seems like its rightful owner Arnold. It's then that a shooting accrues with Arnold being shot dead by three bullets and cab driver policeman Ray Leonard being the one who did the shooting!

With both Brown & Leonard suspended for in the case of Leonard driving a cab which is against SFPD regulations and Det. Sgt Brown for not reporting him and not reporting Leonard for not only moonlighting driving a taxi but arresting him for being a possible drug courier for the mob as well. And it's Brown's boss Chief Robert T. Ironside, Raymond Burr, who strongly believes that Leonard is involved in illegal drug distribution using his taxi as cover. And even more disturbing Det Sgt. Brown was an innocent dupe who should have known better not to get involved with him that can now cost his his badge. What's even far more shocking is that the cash strapped Officer Ray Leonard had made a $15,000,00, which is more then he earns for an entire year as a San Francisco policemen, deposited into his bank account the other day! Was that drug money or a big hit at the racetrack or jackpot at the casino.

***SPOILERS*** Somewhat confusing Ironside episode with all the interlocking and bizarre sub-plots in it that has to do with a drug gang headed by car junk yard owner Dameron, Skip Homeier, using his soon to be junked or crushed cars to transport illegal drugs into the city of San Francisco. We never really know what exactly Ray Leonard's part in all this is since he seems to be on drugs himself and never made any sense in explaining himself to both Dameron or Chief Ironside. It's in the end that Leonard, after being cleared of all charges, finally decides to quit the police department and drive a taxi full time. The job is far less dangerous even if the pay and benefits aren't that great.

P.S Check out actor Eduardo Ciannelli as former junk yard owner, before he sold it to drug dealer Mr. Dameron, John Danione. Ciannelli made a name for himself in the TV crime series "Johnny Staccato" as Waldo the night club owner where Johnny preformed at. Ciannelli was also considered to play the leading role as Mafia Don Vito Corleone in the block buster movie "The Godfather" but passed away before shooting started; with movie cameras not throw away 9mm's .32's & .38's as well as tommy guns.


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