Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The Wedsworth-Townsend Act 

The new LACFD paramedics struggle to prove themselves to a doubtful Dr. Brackett as a pending state bill authorizing their field duties comes to a vote.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writers:

Harold Jack Bloom (creator), Robert A. Cinader (creator) (as R.A. Cinader) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Fuller ... Dr. Kelly Brackett
Julie London ... Dixie McCall, R.N.
Bobby Troup ... Dr. Joe Early
Randolph Mantooth ... Paramedic John Gage
Kevin Tighe ... Paramedic Roy DeSoto
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Jack Kruschen ... State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Man with Ulcer
Art Balinger ... Chief Conrad, Battalion 14
Virginia Gregg ... Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
Herb Vigran ... Committee Chairman
Colby Chester ... Fireman Tony Freeman
Ron Pinkard Ron Pinkard ... Tom Gray, M.D.
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Storyline

The Wedworth-Townsend Act (Assembly Bill PM 11307) passed on July 14, 1970. This 2-part pilot episode is set in early to mid-1970 during the 7.5 months before passage. Mark VII Productions/ Jack Webb passes the torch and segues "Dragnet" with "Emergency!" using the protagonists of "Adam-12" in cameo roles and Art Balinger, alumnus of both shows, as 14th Battalion Chief Conrad. Fireman Johnny Gage works the Rescue Squad out of huge Station 10. He encounters the doctors and staff at the Emergency Center at Rampart General Hospital: Dr. Kelly Brackett, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Joe Early, eminent neurosurgeon and generous volunteer of time to Rampart and Dixie McCall, R.N., Head Nurse and decorated Korean War veteran. Johnny meets Roy DeSoto, who completed the first 12-week training program and is gung-ho to see the bill pass and the new program start. Roy retakes the training with Johnny at Rampart as Dixie finagled for Kel and Joe to teach the course; Kel is not happy. They all ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Dr. Brackett receives the notice to come to Sacramento to testify, the address listed for Rampart Hospital is shown as 1000 W Carson Street. That is in fact the actual address in Torrance for Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, upon which Rampart is based. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the episode, a crew member can be seen at the right of the screen. He is standing near the right side of the rescue squad's hood by the wall. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Dixie McCall: Kell.
Dr. Kelly Brackett M.D.: Yes?
Nurse Dixie McCall: 51 on the link.
[indicates communication radio link to field paramedics]
Dr. Kelly Brackett M.D.: What do they want?
Nurse Dixie McCall: Help.
Dr. Kelly Brackett M.D.: [into transmitter link] 51, go.
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: [over biophone] We have a male, tunnel worker, approximate age 60, was trapped under a digging machine. Patient had a cardiac history. He is now diaphoretic. Vital signs: 80 over 50; rate: 100 and irregular; respirations: 12 and shallow.
Dr. Kelly Brackett M.D.: Do you have your EKG hooked up?
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: Affirmitive, doctor.
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References Adam-12 (1968) See more »

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Ahead of it's time.
2 August 2003 | by lje32677See all my reviews

Jack Webb was a genius. He had real world ideas. This is the movie that started a wonderful series. Of the series, it is my favorite. It was the forerunner of series like ER and Third Watch. Before 1972, it was common not to want anyone to take care of you except a doctor, but doctors couldn't be everywhere. Even in the few years after the paramedic program started, it was still a novelty and difficult to trust those firemen and policemen who had been trained. Not only was this series fun to watch, but it broke important ground to make the public aware that a new public service was a available and safe. It was because of this series(it was a romantic vision, to be sure.) that I became an EMT and since my training I have enjoyed assisting several people. There is nothing in the world to compare with giving CPR to an injured person and that person waking up.


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