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Quotes (404)

  • Ironside: Who shot me, damn it?
    Sister Agatha: You hush now. They don't know who shot you.
    Ironside: What day is it?
    Sister Agatha: Thursday night.
    Ironside: I was shot?
    Sister Agatha: Tuesday night.
    Ironside: They still don't know?
    Sister Agatha: No.
    Ironside: Damn it. What are we paying them for?

  • Ironside: (speaking to the doctor) Spit it out. Let me guess, my health insurance has run out and you need this room for a very rich man with the gout. (silence) I thought a conversation was supposed to be first on one side and then on the other. It's your turn.
    Doctor: Mr. Ironside, I've been studying your X-rays and so has the orthopedist and so has the chief surgeon. Now you can go home in a week if you like.
    Ironside: But what--I'm not going to last long? Is that it? How long? A month? This afternoon?
    Doctor: You're not going to die, Mr. Ironside.
    Ironside: Not ever? You hear that, Sister?
    Doctor: Not from your wound, that is. But the bullet shattered a nerve junction in your spine.
    Ironside: What does that mean?
    Doctor: Well, neurologically speaking...
    Ironside: Not neurologically speaking, English speaking.
    Doctor: It means that there's no reason that you can't live a full and productive life. It means that when leave here, you can do anything you like, anything except walk.
    Ironside: That all? Don't you two have anything else to do? All right, you've told me. I've had guys confess to murder quicker. What do you do when you have real bad news--bring in a flaming fiddler to play "Hearts and Flowers"?

  • Editor: Are you doing the Ironside wrap-up? Reporter: Yup. Editor: Forget it. He's fooled us again. Now they say he's going to live.

  • Eve: (speaking to reporters after the Chief is shot) I'm on the force because I was a witness at a jewel robbery three years ago and Chief Ironside said that I had excellent powers of observation, "for a broad" he said.
    Reporter: Then he told you to go to the Police Academy?
    Eve: He did not. He told me not to. He said that police work would break my heart... excuse me.

  • Ed: (quoting Ironside when a fellow officer asks him if he would like the day off after the Chief is shot) "The only excuse for a policeman taking a day off is death - his own."

  • Ironside: Let's cut the malarkey. Al is your security man. I worked with him once, I guess I can now. Herb Jarman: Aah. Ironside: How much? How much money you folks missing? Look, I'm supposed to know things people haven't told me yet. Now, you turn on your trouble light, your security chief shanghais me in here; that means crime. Crime at a race track usually means money. Of course if you've changed you minds, if you don't want to tell me... Herb Jarman: $175,000. Ironside: That's better than they tapped you for a year ago.

  • (in reference to his coffee pot) Ironside: Somebody washed the pot! Eve: I did. it looked like it hadn't been washed. Ironside: It was washed during Truman's administration. It was just starting to build up flavor.

  • Ironside: Turks are quite familiar with Persian proverbs.

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Notes (156)

  • 120 minutes

  • Raymond Burr, starring as Detective Robert T. Ironside, sets out to apprehend the gunman who made him a permanent wheelchair case in the "World Premiere" colorcast of "Ironside" on NBC television network's "Tuesday Night at the Movies" this week (9-11 p.m. NY TV Guide).

  • Program aired as "A Man Called Ironside" in the U.K.

  • Quincy Jones, who wrote the theme for Ironside, appears in this episode as Les Appleton.

  • Gene Lyons is credited but never appears.

  • Barbara Rhodes is credited as "And introducing Barbara Rhoades as Bonnie Lloyd."

  • In a very unusual scenario, Marcia Strassman is included in the opening credits, generally reserved for more important stars; yet her character Samantha Dain never actually appears in the show. She is only shown on a poster and a life-cutout that Chief Ironside brings to his office for inspiration.

  • The film the team was seeing is called Murder at Twilight. It is billed as a Suspense Thriller from Mason-Dubin Pictures. The poster says "Who did it? No one has ever guessed the ending." Mason-Dubin Pictures is a tribute to Producer Paul Mason and Director Charles S. Dubin.

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Trivia (74)

  • A news report says that the 46 year old Chief was taking his first vacation in a quarter of a century of serving on the police force.

  • Ironside was shot at the Commissioner's chicken farm in Glen Ellen, which is a small town located in the Sonoma Valley of Sonoma County, California. It is approximately 45 miles (72km) north of San Francisco.

  • A news report gives the Commissioner's name as Dennis Randall, although in the credits, Gene Lyons is listed only as 'The Commissioner' and his name is seldom used in the program. Ironside usually calls him 'Commissioner'.

  • A news report describes Robert T. Ironside as being 46 years old and the youngest Chief of Detectives in San Francisco history. In actuality, Raymond Burr was 49 when the pilot was filmed. It aired on March 28, 1967 and Raymond was born on May 21, 1917.

  • GOOF: The shot of Tiny Tim performing shows him playing ukulele right handed. Tiny Tim was left handed and played ukulele that way.

  • Although Marcia Strassman's character's name is spelled 'Dain' throughout the episode, in the credits she is billed as 'Samantha Dian'.

  • The name of the nightclub is The Psychedelic Daffodil.

  • As part of the incidental music, this episode heavily features the original song "From The Day You're Born," which was reused later in the season, in the episode "Something For Nothing," where it was sung by guest star James Farentino.

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Allusions (49)

  • Ironside: What do you do when you have real bad news--bring in a flaming fiddler to play "Hearts and Flowers"?
    "Hearts and Flowers" is a sad song from the 1950s by American singer Johnny Desmond (1919-1985).

  • The Leaf in the Forest The title, according to Ironside, is from an ancient Persian proverb which he quotes in its entirety as: The best hiding places are these: for a book, a library for a man, a city for a leaf, a forest.

  • Ironside: Sunday I've got a date with the 49'ers. Anyone here want the Rams and 6 points? This is a reference to the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. In 1967, both teams played in the Coastal Division of the Western Conference of the NFL. The Rams won the division with an 11-1-2 record and the 49ers finished third with 7-7-0 record. Being in the same division, the teams met twice that year. On Sunday, October 8 in Los Angeles, the 49ers beat the Rams 27-24. On Sunday, November 5 in San Francisco, the Rams won 17-7. Since this episode aired on November 16, 1967, there could not have been an upcoming Rams-49ers game. Also, their respective records indicate that the Rams were a superior team that year; so a smart man like Chief Ironside should not have been offering a bet in which he would give someone 6 points if they took the Rams!

  • Ironside: Meaning that you do not spin and neither do you weave? Ironside is responding to the Flower couple who say that they wish to emulate the flowers of the field. His quote is from Matthew 6:28 which reads in part 'Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.'

  • Ironside: ... try not to make a Chinese landing when you park this bucket. 'Chinese landing' is a term for a clumsy airplane landing and is one of several such expressions in common use in aviation since World War I. Since these phrases could infer that the Chinese are clumsy or inferior, they are considered offensive and in poor taste today.

  • Mark: This is the day the mighty Ironside struck out. This is likely a play on the famous poem 'Casey at the Bat' written by by Ernest L. Thayer in 1888. The poem tells the story of the Mudville Nine and the concluding line, known by baseball fans everywhere is 'mighty Casey has struck out'.

  • Ironside: Don't give me that Admiral Nelson stuff. I was using the spyglass to the blind eye routine before you kicked pablum. The spyglass to the blind eye routine refers to British Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson's act of insubordination in 1801. When an officer reported to Nelson that the Admiral was giving a signal to cease firing, Nelson put his spyglass to his blind eye, looked toward the Admiral's ship and said, "I really do not see the signal." Nelson eventually won the battle.

  • Ed: Well, another quiet night in Baghdad on the Bay, right, Sergeant?
    Baghdad by the Bay is the title of a collection of essays written by Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Herb Caen who worked for both the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner from the late 1930s until his death in 1997. The essay collection was published in 1949.

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