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The First Day of Forever 

A would-be Jack The Ripper stalks the city, slashing to death prostitutes. Stone assigns a resistant Keller with protecting a prostitute who has been threatened.


Walter Grauman


Robert W. Lenski, Edward Hume (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Karl Malden ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas ... Inspector Steve Keller
Janice Rule ... Beverly Landau
James Olson ... Loren Graham
Joby Baker ... Jamie Lane
Phillip Pine ... Salesman
Lawrence Montaigne ... Officer Morgan
Ken Lynch ... Howard Joslin
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd ... Doctor
Rebecca Sand Rebecca Sand ... Miss Winters
Michael L. Davis Michael L. Davis ... Van Driver at Knife Attack
Rick Cimino Rick Cimino
Lee Harris Lee Harris ... Detective Lee Lessing


A would-be Jack The Ripper stalks the city, slashing to death prostitutes. Stone assigns a resistant Keller with protecting a prostitute who has been threatened.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Sonny Lane in the episode is incorrectly called 'Jaimie Lane' in the closing credits. See more »


As Stone exits his office asking for two back up units, we can clearly see an opening in the squad room ceiling revealing the top of the studio ceiling above. See more »


Inspector Steve Keller: [Bringing Beverley's "trick book" to Stone] There's gotta be over 200 names in this thing.
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: Anybody we know?
Inspector Steve Keller: [Chuckling] I always thought you were a voyeur.
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: I find out what that means, you can be back driving a black-and-white again.
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References The Candidate (1972) See more »

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18 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The First Day of Forever" is a decent and fairly straight forward sort of detective show with a few clichés and a slant that makes it a bit different from the norm. A psycho is running about town stabbing prostitutes. One of the victims (Janice Rule) is slashed but survives the attack. However, the crazy guy calls her soon after to announce he won't stop until she's dead--and not surprisingly, the police put her in protective custody until they can find the freak.

The mystery of this one is certainly no mystery. Early on, the show lets you know who the killer is. What is left to work out is catching him (it wasn't hard) as well as how Inspector Keller (Michael Douglas) will work with the prostitute. She thinks he's some sort of moralist and judges him harshly, though not surprisingly through the course of the show they learn to like and respect each other.

Overall, this was an inoffensive show--neither particularly outstanding or bad. I did think the cop and prostitute angle was a bit of a cliché and the identity and motivations of the killer were a bit obvious--but otherwise a decent show.

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