Petrocelli (1974–1976)
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A Life for a Life 

Petrocelli defends a hippie motorcyclist charged with arson after a hotel goes up in flames. After the biker was denied a room, he was heard threatening the manager with burning down the hotel.

Director:

Allen Reisner

Writers:

Sidney J. Furie (creator), Harold Buchman (creator) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Newman ... Anthony J. Petrocelli
Susan Howard ... Maggie Petrocelli
Albert Salmi ... Pete Ritter
Geoffrey Deuel ... Edgar Dorsey
John Anderson ... Joshua Forbes
Henry Jones ... Wheaton
Sharon Farrell ... Arlene Johnson
Felice Orlandi ... Lyle Holcomb
Walter Brooke ... Arthur Martin
Paul C. Thomas Paul C. Thomas ... Sgt. Macklin
Peter O'Crotty ... Judge
Ron Chapman Ron Chapman ... Bus Driver
Eugene F. Coriell Eugene F. Coriell ... Herbert Schleicher
Gary Mike Casper Gary Mike Casper ... Trooper (as Gary 'Mike' Casper)
Sherry Goldberg Sherry Goldberg ... Lillian
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Petrocelli defends a hippie motorcyclist charged with arson after a hotel goes up in flames. After the biker was denied a room, he was heard threatening the manager with burning down the hotel.

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Forty years prior to this episode, the Hotel Congress in Tucson, the filming location for the hotel fire scene, was the site of a real hotel fire. Notably, John Dillinger and his gang were hiding out in the hotel after being on the run from the police for months. They were recognized as they were escaping the fire, and were captured shortly after at a house not far from the hotel. See more »

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A rather 'normal' case for Petrocelli.
22 February 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love to watch old crime shows from the 60s and 70s. But one thing I noticed after a while is that so often the crimes were extraordinary...and no detective or lawyer gets nothing but high profile and once-in-a-lifetime cases all the time! So, "A Life for a Life" was a nice relief....a rather ordinary crime in most ways.

When the show starts, a guy is trying to get a room at a hotel but the clerk lies and tells him none are available. Why? The clerk doesn't like the guy's looks. After the guy sees another person come in and get a room, he storms back and confronts the clerk...and tells him something along the lines of 'I can't wait until this place burns down'...and soon it does!! Not surprisingly, because there were witnesses to the threat, the man is soon arrested for arson and murder, as one person's body was found in the fire. Can Petrocelli figure out exactly what really happened?

As I mentioned above, this one is rather ordinary in most ways. And, as such, it was very well done and worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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