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Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Raymond Burr ...  Robert T. Ironside / ... 195 episodes, 1967-1975
Don Galloway ...  Det. Sgt. Ed Brown / ... 195 episodes, 1967-1975
Don Mitchell ...  Mark Sanger / ... 195 episodes, 1967-1975
Barbara Anderson ...  Officer Eve Whitfield 105 episodes, 1967-1971
Elizabeth Baur ...  Fran Belding / ... 89 episodes, 1971-1975
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Storyline

Ironside is confined to a wheel chair (an attempted assassination left him paralyzed). With his former assistants Brown and Whitfield (later Belding) and former delinquent (and later lawyer) Mark, he combats crime for the San Francisco police from his mobile office (a van) while leaving a pot of chili cooking back at headquarters. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The chief of detectives! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Raymond Burr Show See more »

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Runtime:

(199 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

As the show progressed, Mark went from being Ironside's bodyguard, to a full fledged police officer and eventually became an attorney in the final season. See more »

Goofs

Since he was a police detective, the van he used would have been his official police vehicle. As such, the license plate should have had an "E" exempt plate. However, it only had a standard California blue plate with 6 gold alpha-numeric characters. See more »

Quotes

Robert T. Ironside: I... LIKE... burned toast.
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Crazy Credits

Gene Lyons plays San Francisco Police Commissioner Dennis Randall. However, on some closing credits, Lyons is listed as "The Commissioner". See more »

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Engaging series features detective on wheels
4 May 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

I have fond memories of watching this well crafted detective show during my growing up years. The series portrays the story of San Francisco Chief of Detectives, Robert Ironside, who has been hit by a sniper's bullet, paralyzing him from the waist down. Confined to a wheelchair, he must forego his previous detective position but stays on with the Police Department as sort of a consultant. Ironside ferrets out crime while working from a special Police Department office complete with exercise equipment and sleeping facilities. Assisting him is his own special unit, a diverse trio consisting of regular cop Detective Sargent Ed Brown, educated policewoman Eve Whitfield, and black ex con Mark Sanger. During the course of the series Sanger progresses from Ironside's bodyguard to a police officer and finally a lawyer.

In this series we see this formerly tough Chief of Detectives endeavouring to nail San Francisco's bad guys, all the while coping quite successfully with his recent disability. The program shows that this previously high profile crime fighter can still lead an equally productive life from his wheelchair. The show reveals his character development as well as his interactions with the trio of assistants, all providing viewer interest in addition to the crime solving elements.

Raymond Burr, alias Perry Mason, was born to solve TV crimes! The actor gives a masterful performance here as the wheelchair bound Ironside. This is generally quite an engaging detective series and frankly, I wish that there was more TV programming of its quality these days.


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