Police Story (1973–1979)
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A tough cop in charge of a special felony squad goes after the vicious son of a Mafia chief who is pulling a string of strong-arm robberies.

Director:

William A. Graham (as William Graham)

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (creator), E. Jack Neuman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Joe LaFreida
Edward Asner ... Lt. Dave Blodgett
Diane Baker ... Jenny Dale
Ina Balin ... Martha LaFreida
Sandy Baron ... Ray Gonzales
Chuck Connors ... Slow Boy
Harry Guardino ... Sgt. Solly 'Sal Pickles' Piccolini
Ralph Meeker ... Chief Harry Stahlgaher
James Luisi ... Toby O'Brien (as Jim Luisi)
Mel Scott Mel Scott ... K.T.
Michael Baseleon ... Jay Castle
David Doyle ... Kurt Mueller
John Karlen ... Detective #1 - 1st Supermarket Robbery
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Detective #2 - 1st Supermarket Robbery
Kim Hamilton ... Harriet Parsons
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A tough cop in charge of a special felony squad goes after the vicious son of a Mafia chief who is pulling a string of strong-arm robberies.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the syndicated two-parter, John Karlen and Taylor Lacher appear in just one scene. They play two unidentified detectives walking the character played by Diane Baker out of the supermarket after a hostage situation. See more »

Connections

Followed by Police Story: Monster Manor (1988) See more »

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Realism abounds
1 December 2000 | by mibailiffSee all my reviews

Joseph Wambaugh brought stark police realism to his novels both fiction and non-fiction. This 1973 NBC pilot was a gripping fast paced crime drama that showed the human side of cops in Los Angeles. This launched the series which won an Emmy for Best Drama in 1976. The show featured not just uniformed cops and detectives, but special police units as SWAT, SSD (Special Surveillance Detail) and Internal Affairs. The show had "Wambaugh Players" who made multiple appearances in recurring and multiple roles, the most prominent being Don Meredith, Tony LoBianco, James Farentino and Jan-Michael Vincent. The scripts were first rate, especially when written by TV legands, E. Arthur Kean, Sean Baine and E. Jack Neuman and the directing was superbly handled by crafty action veterans as Barry Shear, Leo Penn and Don Medford. And yes, that music by Jerry Goldsmith. Nearly 30 years later, POLICE STORY still plays as first rate drama.


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