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

Linda Kelsey's TV debut. See more »

Goofs

When Station 10 is responding to the factory fire, they pass an unlit cinematic spotlight by the side of the road, visible on the left. See more »

Quotes

Paramedic John Gage: [Gage learns that the man he rescued had worsened beyond hope in transit to the hospital because his team was not able to medically stabilize him first] Rescue, Hell! All we rescued was a corpse.
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Featured in Hometown Glory (2010) See more »

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Interesting Local History Lesson
8 January 2001 | by Teach-8See all my reviews

This movie, which acted as a pilot for the TV Series "Emergency!" is a fascinating story about the start of the paramedic program in California--specifically, through the eyes of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The plot clearly shows the supporters and opponents of the system at the time--yes, there were people that were against the program for a variety of reasons--and how the system pulled itself together and proved its worth. It is interesting to note that today, as a resident of Los Angeles County, most people take the paramedic program for granted; we need to see this movie again so that we can see just how close the program came to never happening. It is definitely a good history lesson--even though it is a dramatisation, it is very faithful to the true story, just as most of Jack Webb's productions were.


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