Police Story (1973–1987)
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Detectives investigate a series of murders of homeless men along the piers.


Robert L. Collins (as Robert Collins)


Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Jerrold L. Ludwig (teleplay) (as Jerry Ludwig) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Learned ... Linda Keitlinger
Dean Stockwell ... Detective Giacino
Peter Brown ... Chuck
Larry Storch ... Willy
John Russell ... Lt. Galvin
Aldo Ray ... Capt. Eagle
Royal Dano ... Drivas
Raymond St. Jacques ... Chris Massey
William Shatner ... Sgt. Bill Keitlinger
R.G. Armstrong ... Elwood Fraser
Ryan MacDonald Ryan MacDonald ... Noonan
Richard X. Slattery ... Guard
Nate Esformes ... Deputy District Attorney
Flora Plumb Flora Plumb ... Gail
Daniel Keough ... Rhodes (as Dan Keough)


Detectives investigate a series of murders of homeless men along the piers.

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26 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This predated William Shatner's appearance as police Sergeant T.J. Hooker (1982) by about 8 years. Here, he is a police Detective Sergeant married to Michael Learned and has an adult daughter (actress Anne Wyndham was 20 years younger than Shatner). In Hooker, he was a former Detective Sergeant now in uniform that was divorced with a preteen daughter. Learned at age 35 compared to Shatner's 43 (8 year gap) was also much older than the typical girlfriend of the week on Hooker, many of whom were over 20 years younger than Shatner. Learned's character makes an observation how Shatner's character is getting younger while she is getting older. Hooker was played as being much younger than Shatner's actual age of fifty-something. See more »

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A marriage that certainly is NOT made in Heaven!
1 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This installment of "Police Story" has a very unusual cast...not just the number of stars but the types of actors and actresses in the show. It stars William Shatner, Michael Learned, Dean Stockwell, Aldo Ray, John Russell and Larry Storch.

The show begins with Sergeant Keitlinger (Shatner) and Detective Giacino (Stockwell) investigating yet another bludgeoning death of a wino. This makes three so far...and more are sure to come.

On top of this, Mrs. Keitlinger is showing signs that she's in trouble. She's beginning to drink more and it might be because she is lonely and her husband overworks. Is she an alcoholic...or a woman crying out for help...or both?! As for the Sergeant, he isn't exactly supportive...in fact, he's anything but. In fact, he's so absorbed by his job that he seems one step away from cracking up as well.

One way that "Police Story" is a great police show is that unlike most cop shows (then as well as now), the emotional toll of the job on the cops as well as their families is often discussed. This story shows two people who are hurting and self-destructive...part of the emotional toll the job sometimes takes on everyone. Now this isn't to say it's a great episode (Shatner tends to over-emote at times). It's well worth seeing, though some might object to the very, very vague ending....and you wonder what will happen next.

By the way, if you watch this one, get a load of Dean Stockwell's haircut! Wow...it's something to behold. I can only assume he was cutting himself...in the dark.

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