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JohnHopper

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Alright, buddy boy, let's continue our journey into Frisco.

First, the supporting cast:

Semi-regular characters
Attorney Gerald O’Brien (actor John Kerr)
Medical Examiner Bernie (actor Stephen Bradley)
Psychiatrist Lenny Murchison (actor Fred Sadoff)
Ballistics expert Charley Johnson (actor Vince Howard)

season 4, volume 1:

[TOP LIST]
1. POISONED SNOW
2. THE GLASS DART BOARD
3. NO PLACE TO HIDE
4. SCHOOL OF FEAR
5. DEADLY SILENCE
6. MURDER BY PROXY
7. TRAIL OF TERROR
8. DEAD AIR
9. THE CAT’S PAW

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
1. For the performance of Clu Gulagher and his character of diehard Narc officer whose son dies because of his will to poison the heroin supply and William Hale’s film-making
2. For the two problematic characters: the kook blackmailer sniper firing at corporate buildings and the freshly promoted iron bureaucrat Captain of the police that breeds complications to the field police; the character of Lenny Murchison is mentioned.
3. Good for the performance of Chris Robinson as weird enforcer Jack Constantine
4. A variation of the blackboard jungle theme, the character of the old teacher kidnapping hood students and chain them to a classroom from a closed down high school turns into a prison-high school
5. For the study on Mike Stone’s loss of hearing
6. The theme of corporate greed and for Bradford Dillman’s ruthless executive performance
7. For James Woods’ performance as an unbridled sailor-hood, the runaway chained Keller and Mellon characters that remind Joseph Losey’s Figures in the Landscape
8. For the performance of Larry Hagman and the theme of the ruthless radio man
9. The second personal episode focused on Mike Stone and the theme of ambiguous love at work
 

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season 4, volume 2:

[TOP LIST]
1. SPOOKS FOR SALE
2. POLICE BUFF
3. THE HONORABLE PROFESSION
4. JUDGMENT DAY
5. SUPERSTAR

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
1. The theme of illegal surveillance executed by former CIA agents working for their own private company and the good cast of characters
2. For Bill Bixby’s performance as a failure cop, the theme of the viligante motorcycle cop culled Ted Post’s Magnum Force and Keller working undercover as a gangster
3. The runaway character of the charlatan doctor living a double life
4. The character of the avenging lawyer son killing the judges who destroy the life of his father
5. For Paul Sorvino’s performance as the street-smart New York cop and the fish out of the water (the pilot for the series Bert D’Angelo/Superstar)

[CONCLUSION]
This season sees William Robert Yates becoming a steady producer. There is no associate producer credits as in the previous season. Story editor James Menzies is also a steady crew man unlike his season 3 occasional collaborations. After a season without it, a brand new executive story consultant popsup by the name of Jack B. Sowards. Post-production supervisor Richard Brockway is now an executive editorial supervisor. Arthur Fellows no longer work as in charge of production and he is replaced by Howard Alston, previously working as an executive production manager. Series regular director of photography Jacques R. Marquette is replaced by Al Francis who gives the series an alternate look. As in season 2, there are 6 original scores. The start of the season seems to be Mike Stone-oriented and Steve Keller is put in the background unlike the previous season. Actress Darleen Carr appears four times. Theme-wise, social vengeance seems to be a leitmotiv on the series or should I say lost or disbelieving individuals enforcing their justice or applying their set of values: “Poisoned Snow”, “The Glass Dart Board”, “School of Fear”, “Police Bluff”, “Judgment Day”. Story-wise, find a variation on the season 3 “Ten Dollar Murder” in “Most Likely to Succeed” (also directed by William Hale and produced by William Robert Yates) in which a young man is pressured by his father to become a winner and, instead, becomes a murderer. “Clown of Death” makes reference to the season 2 “The Hard Breed” because of the clown character. The character of “Police Buff” has the same profile of the one from the season 1 “Act of Duty”. As in previous season, the character of Steve Keller carries on going undercover: see “Police Bluff” as a gangster. Mission: Impossible-wise, after Sam Elliott during season 2, find now Greg Morris in “Merchants of Death”. Magnum-wise, and after Roger E. Mosley (the season 2 “A String of Puppets”) and Larry Manetti (the season 3 “The Most Deadly Species”), find the third actor from that future series: Tom Selleck. Actor Michael Douglas directs one episode entitled “Spooks for Sale”. Many actors return: Stefanie Powers, Joel Fabiani, Robert Walden, Ina Balin, Tom Troupe, Bill Bixby (playing again the same kind of sick failure), Christopher Stone, Linden Chiles, William Windom, Robert Drivas, Jason Evers, Michael Burns, Don Gordon.
 

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For “The Police Buff” fans only.​
Lalo Schifrin - Magnum Force HD (1973)
 
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JohnHopper

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Alright, buddy boy, let's continue our journey into Frisco.

First, the supporting cast:

Semi-regular characters
Attorney Gerald O’Brien (actor John Kerr) (1)
Medical Examiner Bernie (actor Stephen Bradley) (2)
Psychiatrist Lenny Murchison (actor Fred Sadoff) (3)

season 5, volume 1:

[TOP LIST]
1. THE THRILL KILLERS, PART 1 & 2
2. NO MINOR VICES
3. IN CASE OF MADNESS
4. “TILL DEATH DO US PART”
5. HOT DOG
6. MONKEY IS BACK

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
1. For the theme of far left terrorism and the hostages recycled from the season 3 “Flags Of Terror” but that are anti-capitalists and not third world partisans
2. A rehash of the puritan killer from the season 1 “The First Day of Forever” but actor James Olson now plays an avenging father
3. A pop singer remake of the season 4 whodunit “Dead Air”
4. A good Syndicate plot about a shady lawyer whose wife runs away from the mob and asks the protection of Mike Stone
5. For the private entry between a motorcycle cop and the daughter of Mike Stone
6. For the revengist performance of Gary Lockwood as butcher Charles Belasco
 

JohnHopper

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Alright, buddy boy, let's continue our journey into Frisco.

First, the supporting cast:

Semi-regular characters
Attorney Gerald O’Brien (actor John Kerr) (1)
Medical Examiner Bernie (actor Stephen Bradley) (2)
Psychiatrist Lenny Murchison (actor Fred Sadoff) (3)
D.A. Jerry Billings (actor Jordan Rhodes) (4)

season 5, volume 2:

[TOP LIST]
1. THE CANNIBALS
2. HANG TOUGH
3. INNOCENT NO MORE
4. INTERLUDE
5. BREAKUP
6. LET’S PRENTEND WE’RE STRANGERS

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
1. A slick Syndicate plot with a murderous and rebel son sending his corrupted father to jail
2. For the diehard narc character played by Ned Beatty
3. An interesting juvenile gang on trial narrative with an avenging husband
4. For the character of the mad killer falling in love with the female eyewitness that he sees as a surrogate wife
5. For the character of the divorced and broke fabrics designer played by Pernell Roberts on the brink of suicide
6. For the personal relatioship between Dan Robbins and a female lawyer, the two-faced young murderer played by Mark Wheeler

[CONCLUSION]
As in season 4, producer William Robert Yates continues to supervise. Series director Walter Grauman returns after three seasons of absence and gives two episodes (“The Cannibals”, “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers”), Virgil Vogel only leaves two episodes (“The Thrill Killers” and “Hot Dog”) and William Hale only one (“Hang Tough”). Three episodes (“Hang Tough”, “Innocent No More”, “Once a Con”) see Howard Alston replaced by Marty Katz as in charge of production. Actor Michael Douglas is present during the premiere two-parter, quites and is replaced by Richard Hatch playing a casual young Vietnam war veteran cop and a boyscout driving a jeep: see “The Thrill Killers”, “Monkey is Back” and “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers”. The departure of Douglas lets Karl Malden alone with a new actor that remains aloof and in the background because you don’t feel any deep link but a greater generation gap; sometimes Malden plays his part harsher. The series becomes more and more a cold one-man show and, worst, slightly old-fashioned because of Stone’s 1950’s type. The main weaknesses of this season are the cheap art direction, the caricatured performances and the good premises that are ruined by a simplistic story treatment. A new cinematographer pops up named Michel Hugo and it becomes the third steady one after faithful Jacques R. Marquette (season 1 to 3) and Al Francis (season 4). Unfortunately, Hugo’s leaning doesn’t help the drama and just reinforces the standard quality owing to the overlit photography. Furthermore, a new team of directors make their debut and erase the hard edge bent of the previous seasons: Kenneth Gilbert, Richard Lang, assistant director David Whorf, William Wiard. There is no story editor (Cf. James Menzies from season 4) and episodes have five Acts with a short first one used as a prologue. As with the season 3 “Labyrinth”, find another episode taking place at the Hotel Mark Hopkins: “Interlude”. The main theme is renewed by adding a harpsichord. Many actors return from previous seasons: Paula Kelly, Barry Sullivan, Dick Van Patten, Hari Rhodes, Darleen Carr, Tom Bosley, James Olson, Jessica Walter, Stephen Oliver, George Sawaya, Pat Hingle, Phillip Pine, Michael Bell, Tim O’Connor, Andrew Robinson, Michael Strong, Alan Fudge, Robert Walden, Rafael Campos, Mark Hamill, Frank Marth, John Rubinstein, Linda Marsh, Todd Martin, Linden Chiles, Sharon Acker, George Murdock, Mark Wheeler, Herbert Jefferson Jr, Dennis Patrick, Kaz Garaz.
Season 5 offers a series of kidnappers (“The Thrill Killers” with four far left activists hijacking a jury and “The Drop” with ex-con Charlie Springer asking a ransom against the son of a wealthy man), maniacs (“Dead or Alive” with rapist Don Wilton on the brink of being lynched for a reward, “No Minor Vices” with avenging puritan father Vic Lawson killing the men of his daughter, “Monkey is Back” with ex-con revengist and zip gun serial killer Charles Belasco, “Interlude” with psychotic killer Roger Calloway falling in love for his eyewitness, “Dead Lift” with emotionally-unsteable murderer Joe Schmidt, “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers” with recidivist Billy Martin), troubled cops (“A Good Cop… but” with a homosexual cop and “Hang Tough” with a brutal cop), female murderer (“In Case of Madness” with a rock band manager and “Once a Con” with a lesbian college student), young hood killers (“Innocent No More” with gang member Billy Wilson and “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers” with robber Billy Martin), confused convicts (“Once a Con” and “Time Out”).
The leading men have personal episodes: Mike Stone (“The Thrill Killer”, “The Drop”, “Till Death Do Us Part” in which he helps the runaway wife of a Syndicate lawyer, “Hot Dog”) whose picture credits comes from “Hot Dog” and Dan Robbins (“No Minor Vices” in which he is shot in a parking garage and “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers” in which he has a crush on a lawyer and spends a week-end in the wilderness) whose picture credits comes from “Monkey is Back”. The daughter of Mike Stone, Jeannie has three episodes: “The Thrill Killers”, “Hot Dog” and “Innocent No More”. Actor Tim O’Connor plays a gangster part instead of his usual Lt. Roy Devitt.
 
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