Police Story (1973–1987)
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50 Cents-First Half Hour, $1.75 All Day 

While trying to box in an armed bandit who specializes in stealing cars and robbing attendants at parking lots, Detectives Hacker and Barnes are assigned a homicide case.


Barry Crane


Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Millard Kaufman | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James McEachin ... Det. Roy Hacker
Anne Jeffreys ... Examiner Murphy
Freda Payne ... Saralee
Rodney Allen Rippy ... Jeb
Don 'Red' Barry ... Chief Robinson
Howard Duff ... Lieutenant Blodgett
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Det. Virgil Barnes (as Lou Gossett)
Davis Roberts ... Newton Bass
Stanley Adams ... Pawn Shop Proprietor
Wes Parker Wes Parker ... Demeter
Maidie Norman ... Mrs. Wilkins
Jack Sheldon ... Hofstedder / Clifford Schmittenburger
Gordon De Vol Gordon De Vol ... Deputy D.A. (as Gordon DeVol)
Larry Ellis Larry Ellis ... Senik
Jack Collins ... Halloran


While trying to box in an armed bandit who specializes in stealing cars and robbing attendants at parking lots, Detectives Hacker and Barnes are assigned a homicide case.

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Lieutenant Blodgett: Another parking lot robbery went down, everyone is embarrassed.
Det. Virgil Barnes: That's why no one showed up today, they're embarrassed.
Lieutenant Blodgett: No, it's Saint Patrick's Day.
Det. Roy Hacker: [Motions to all the empty desks] Not all these desks belong to paddys. Like, what about Joe Cohen?
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An unusual sort of episode...but a good one.
26 February 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Most episodes of "Police Story" concern catching a specific criminal and it shows the police work the case until they finally arrest the suspects. However, "50 Cents-First Half Hour, $1.75 All Day" is quite different. This is because it's focused more on two specific cops as well as a specific area they work. So, there is more than one case....and the two main ones are very different.

The first case Detectives Hacker and Barnes (James McEachon and Lou Gossett) work is a seemingly piddly case. A low-rent robber is robbing parking lots...and getting relatively small amounts each time. However, in the middle of working the case, their supervisor (Howard Duff) assigns them a murder case...and I assume normally murders are covered by Homicide Detectives, not general ones. Regardless, the murder leaves the very young wife of an older man dead...and her very cute 7 year-old (Rodney Allen Rippy) helps the detectives with a lead.

If you are a child of the 60s and 70s like me, you immediately recognized Rippy. This pint-sized actor was super-famous in the early 1970s for his commercials for Jack-in-the Box restaurants...and he was simply adorable and a decent little actor.

So is this any good? Of course. McEacham was not a big-name actor but was a very good one...so it's nice to see him starring in this one....where he managed to actually upstage Gossett! Well worth seeing and well worth your time.

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30 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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