Class of '40

Season 7, Ep 18, Aired 2/7/74
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  • Episode Description
  • The Chief attends his high school reunion, only to find two of his old classmates recently murdered, and somebody apparently after his own neck. With Ed and Fran to help him, he searches for some clues, which soon prove to be leading him back to the accidental death of another old friend in 1940.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anne Francis

    Karen Gillis

  • Raymond Burr

    Chief Robert T. Ironside

  • Jason Evers

    Howard Stahle

  • Don Galloway

    Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

  • Don Mitchell

    Mark Sanger

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Fran: Schmidt, that was the name on the letter.
      Ironside: Alice's husband.
      Fran: And Alice isn't sure that her husband's death was an accident.
      Ironside: She did mention it.
      Fran: And she asked her old friend Chief Ironside to look into the matter. And Chief Ironside brought Officer Belding along just in case something developed.
      Ironside: Are you surprised?
      Fran: Not really.
      Ironside: Angry?
      Fran: I should be.
      Ironside: But you're not, because you like my little hometown and you're curious.
      Fran: Well, it might be interesting to see the environment that spawned "The Man."
      Ironside: Who knows? You might even turn up some blackmail material.
      Fran: And don't you think I wouldn't use it.

    • Karen: What was that you used to call yourselves, you and John, Dick?
      Ironside: You know, I was hoping you wouldn't ask. Of course, at the time we thought we were very original.
      Karen: What was it? It was, um...
      Ironside: Try, um, The Three Musketeers.
      Karen: I promise I won't tell a soul.

    Notes (3)

    • There are five uncredited actors in the roles of Henry (Maggie's partner), Jimmy Allen (singer/trumpet player), Anthony Petrelli (coach), Ted Kelly and the School Janitor.

    • French title: Les Trois Mousquetaires.

    • The first song heard at the reunion is "Little Girl" originally recorded by Al Jolson in 1931. Sung here and performed by Jimmy Allen and the Orchestra.

    Trivia (3)

    • A picture of Richard Nixon is hanging on the wall in the Summerfield Sheriff's office.

    • Toby Gray is the quarterback who was killed in a car accident in 1940 where Bob and Dick were passengers.

    • The two classmates that were murdered are Big John Schmidt and Dick Gillis.

    Allusions (2)

    • Fran: Thomas Wolfe said, "You can't go home again".
      Based on Thomas Wolfe's 1940 book You Can't Go Home Again.

    • Henry: Young lady, young lady would you care to dance with me, you wouldn't believe this but I used to be the best Lindy hopper in the 40s.
      Lindy Hop is an American dance, so named after Charles Lindbergh's flight to Paris in 1927, when the newspaper headline read: "LINDY HOPS THE ATLANTIC".

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