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

The fire engine used for most of the series run has an interesting history. It was donated new by the manufacturer, Ward LaFrance, with the condition that the engine be put in active service after the show. Universal turned it over to the LA Country Fire Department (which runs the fire station on Universal's lot). The LA County Fire Department traded the engine to the Yosemite Fire Department for their 1930 vintage engine that went to the LA Country Fire Museum. Yosemite Fire Department still uses the engine to this day. The Yosemite Fire Department had to raise the ceiling of their firehouse by 3 inches to accommodate the new engine. See more »

Goofs

In the intro, four SCU tones are sounded for the factory fire. Since 7 units are summoned to the fire, with 5 of them being in Station 10, there should only be a maximum of 3 stations responding to the fire, and therefore 3 SCU tones. 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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Followed by Emergency!: Greatest Rescues of Emergency! (1978) 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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