Ironside (1967–1975)
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Murder Impromptu 

Ironside attends an improvisation theatre show. During the show, one of the actors is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert T. Ironside
... Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
... Mark Sanger
... Fran Belding
... Jamie Shannon
... Marsha Connell
... Myra St. John
... Lennie Blake
... Seamus Brennan
... Mort Green (as Bob Hastings)
... Stephie Parker
... Harry Arturburn
Barry Cahill ... Coroner
Dennis McCarthy ... Ralph Tracy
Kathy Kelson ... Rosemary


Ironside attends an improvisation theatre show. During the show, one of the actors is murdered.

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murder | theatre | stage | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

2 November 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roddy McDowall guest stars in this episode as a failed child actor, desperately attempting to revive his career. He tours the country with a group of players who call themselves 'the impromptus'. During this episode, one cast member mysteriously dies and Ironside tries to solve the case. In the middle of the investigation, McDowall's character "Jamie" is questioned by Fran in his apartment. She is sifting through a box of photographs and commenting on how many he has. Jamie makes a comment about how the pictures are all of him from age 6 to 16 "That's when I outgrew the movies; oh, so my agent said." This is a slightly truthful line, as McDowall's own agent did in fact tell him when he was 17 years old that he had outgrown the movies and would have to search for something else to do as he was no longer "cute enough" to be a success.

This seriously frustrated McDowall and he set out to prove his agent wrong. He succeeded in the 1960s, when his career in movies skyrocketted after his role in Octavian in Cleopatra (1963). His career then remained a highly successful one until the end of his life in 1998.

The statement "Jamie" makes in this scene about the pictures all being of him from ages 6 to 16 are also true. In a later close up shot in this scene you can clearly see that the photographs on the mantle are indeed of a very young to adolescent Roddy McDowall. Many are promotional stills from films like "Thunderhead: Son of Flicka"; "Lassie, Come Home" and "How Green Was My Valley". Others are professional head shots of the youth from between films. See more »


In this episode Ed states his birthday is July 27th and that he is a Leo. In a previous episode ("Reprise," in season two), Eve, who likes to follow horoscopes, had determined that Ed was a Cancer. See more »

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