Season 1 Episode 19

To Kill a Cop

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Jan 25, 1968 on NBC
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To Kill a Cop
When Ed and two colleagues arrest a violent man they don't take his threats seriously, but when the other two officers are murdered, Ed is convinced that he knows who the killer is. Suspended from duty he sets himself up as the next victim, determined to prove that his suspicions are correct.moreless

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    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

    Pernell Roberts

    Pernell Roberts

    Frank Vincent

    Guest Star

    Ruta Lee

    Ruta Lee


    Guest Star

    Parley Baer

    Parley Baer

    Everett Brandt

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The opening scenes of the second and third acts are the from the same shot.  The opening of the third act shows a sidewalk scene with two men close to the camera walking away from it and a third man walking down stairs, turning and walking towards the camera.  The opening of the second act shows the same sidewalk scene with the first two men still walking away but farther from the camera and the third man closer to the camera.

      • A fair bit of the last portion of the show takes place in the middle of the night - yet is clearly filmed is daylight with crickets chirping in the background.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Ed: (after subduing the violent suspect) Well, another quiet night in Baghdad on the Bay, right Sergeant?
        Booking Sgt.: Well, the city's full of nuts.

      • Ironside: (to Ed) I sent you out on a fact-finding mission so that I can make an intelligent report to the Commissioner on area crime incidents and you come back with the clothes torn off your back.
        Ed: (to Eve as she helps him into his jacket which she has just mended for him) Thank you, my lady.
        Eve: Don't mention it. It's these little domestic touches that make a den mother feel very secure.
        Ed: Now look, Chief, I'm sure of the facts you wanted, what I don't understand is what happened to my coat. I mean how do you figure a man like Vincent?
        Mark: Cop hater. It's a religion, man.
        Ironside: If all of you don't mind, I'd like to get back to business. The department has a Community Relations office to worry about cop haters.
        Ed: I hope they're worrying.

      • Ed: All right, maybe I'm wrong. But as long as we're quoting people, quote: "If a computer could do this job, they wouldn't need me. What I'm paid for is my instincts, the nerve endings that go hot and cold when I'm looking at a computer. When the day comes that I can't smell guilt, retire me." Unquote.
        Ironside: Who said that?
        Ed: You did.
        Ironside: That's not bad.

      • Ironside: Now, Ed, in view of that, I want you to return to San Francisco.
        Ed: Chief, I've psyched him into making some kind of move. Now this is what we've been trying to accomplish. If I pull back he can come home and play Sunday school teacher with us from now on.
        Ironside: Look, I'm not going to debate with you, Ed. We never meant for you to be a large standing target.
        Ed: (begins tapping the phone with his hand) Sir, there must be something wrong with the connection. I can't hear a word you're saying.
        Ironside: Don't you give me that Admiral Nelson stuff. I was using the spyglass to the blind eye routine before you kicked pablum. (Ed hangs up) Ed!
        Mark: That's right, he's your monster. You gotta love him.

      • (speaking to the Police Chief of Bayville)
        Ironside: I won't ask you about your golf game. I can't stand to hear a grown man cry.

      • Mark: How come when you play dirty the referee is always looking the other way?
        Ironside: Sometime I'll tell you my secret.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • 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.