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The Bullet 

An ex-con college professor takes a bullet to the shoulder when a hit-man murders a blackmailer. But the professor refuses to have the bullet removed, and the hit-man is hot on his trail to recover the incriminating bullet.


Walter Grauman


Barry Trivers (teleplay), Cliff Gould (teleplay) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Malden ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas ... Inspector Steve Keller
Carl Betz ... Jeff Williams
Geraldine Brooks ... Alice Williams
Pat Conway ... Victor A. Coyle (as Patrick Conway)
Norman Alden ... Sgt. Dan Healy
Hari Rhodes ... Charlie Johnson
Barney Phillips ... Jim Dayton
Peter Hobbs ... Dr. Marvin Borrman
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Albert Phillips
Ruth Kobart ... Motel Manager
Flip Mark ... Mr. Miller, college student
Jim Waring Jim Waring
Read Morgan
Lee Harris Lee Harris ... Detective Lee Lessing


An ex-con college professor takes a bullet to the shoulder when a hit-man murders a blackmailer. But the professor refuses to have the bullet removed, and the hit-man is hot on his trail to recover the incriminating bullet.

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Detective Lt. Mike Stone: [Stone looks at the book Keller presented him as a gift] Poems? Poetry?
Inspector Steve Keller: It's Ezra Pound. Remember Williams talking about him at the school?
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: Yeah, I remember. He talked to his class about him, yeah.
Inspector Steve Keller: That's right. That's for you.
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: [Reading a random page] Oh, now wait a minute. I can't read this.
Inspector Steve Keller: Why not?
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: Listen: "Raineth drop and staineth slop." Oh, come on now.
Inspector Steve Keller: Wait a minute, what?
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: Yeah. "Raineth drop and staineth slop. Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us." Now come on. Isn't poetry supposed to be clear and to ...
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As long as I stay just what I am nobody cares what I've been
4 February 2014 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Carl Betz who played Doctor Stone on the "Donna Reed" TV series desperately needs a doctor here as Collage literature professor Jeff Williams who got winged in his shoulder by a professional hit man Pat Conway, Victor A. Coyle,who's now out to finish the job that he started. It was professional blackmailer and part time gardener Barnie Phillips, Robert Cleaves, who was blackmailing the man Dr. Marvin Borrman, Peter Hobbs, who hired Conway to snuff him out. Williams another of Phillips' blackmail victims just happened to be at his office when Conway blasted him. Hiding in an adjoining room Williams got shot but survived and it's the bullet lodged in his arm that can convict Conway in Phillips' murder. It, the bullet, if operated on can bring up Williams's shady past as a convicted murderer and drug addict that can get him fired from his job as a collage professor!

Caring more about his job then his life, in dying from blood poison or gangrene, Williams refuses to be operated on putting not only his life but that of his wife Alice, Geraldine Brooks, in danger of being rubbed out by hit-man Conway. It's much later when things start to really get out of hand for Williams that he agrees to get operated on as well as have SFPD. Det. Let. Mike Stone, Karl Malden, impersonate him in order to smoke out Conway who had since taken his wife Alice hostage.

In the end it takes a both land and air, with a helicopter, search & destroy operation by the SFPD and air national guard to finally put hit-man Conway's reign of terror to an end . The guy really could have just left the state and no one would have bothered looking for him since no one knew who he was. But being the perfectionist that he is Conway wanted no witnesses to be left alive who could identify him he tried to make sure that Williams, who didn't know the guy from a hole in the wall, never lived to turn him over, in a police lineup, to the police which of course he couldn't and wouldn't anyway.

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16 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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