Season 2 Episode 1

Shell Game

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Sep 19, 1968 on NBC
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Shell Game
A notorious jewel thief named Arthur Justin arrives in town at the same time as a shipment of famous jewels headed for display in a local museum. Ironside must keep the thief guessing about the method of shipment so that the jewels will remain safe; but he is up against a mastermind and there is still an inside man who has to be unmasked.moreless

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  • A cat-and-mouse game between Ironside and a murderous thief.

    "Shell Game" starts out slow, but gradually builds the tension up to a climax that looks like the ending of "The Italian Job." Ironside has to stay two steps ahead of a calculating thief and killer who is after a priceless gem collection.

    This episode is painfully slow, from the repetitive helicopter shots to the seemingly endless scenes of cars pulling up to curbs then pulling away again. There's no suspense in the identity of the culprit - he all but dares Ironside to catch him in Act I. The fact that the actor playing Justin is about as menacing as a grandma doesn't help either, even when Ironside identifies him as a vicious killer. The master plan involving sabotaging the paddy wagon seemed a little too Wiley Coyote to me, and the whole plot point about the "inside man" fizzled out. Just because Ironside is handicapped doesn't mean the show should be too.moreless
Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr

Chief Robert T. Ironside

Don Galloway

Don Galloway

Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson

Officer Eve Whitfield

Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell

Mark Sanger

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ironside: Feeling all right, Mr. Glass?
      Mr. Glass: Sure, I mean what could happen? Ed could get into trouble and have to force-land, or we could go into town and the street and the roof could be filled with crooks.
      Ironside: We will not lose that collection.
      Mr. Glass: I'm not so sure I wouldn't rather have it stolen here. Then I wouldn't have to go through this in six more cities.
      Ironside: You can get then stolen any place you like, Mr. Glass, except here in my town.

    • Mr. Glass: Would you like to take a look at what you're guarding?
      Ironside: Sure. If you're not afraid of my stealing it.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Kimberley Diamond
      The 55-carat Kimberley Diamond, which is part of the display the Chief must guard, is an actual 55-carat diamond named after the Kimberley Mine in South Africa. The diamond originally weighed about 490-carats and had the color of sparkling wine. It was first cut in 1921 to 70 carats and re-cut in 1958 to an emerald shape and 55.09 carat size. The diamond had been exhibited in different places until 1971, when it was purchased by an undisclosed collector from Texas.