Felony Squad

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Felony Squad
Howard Duff Felony Squad 1967.JPG
Howard Duff working in front of the camera and behind it, 1967.
Genre Crime drama
Created by Richard Murphy
Starring Howard Duff
Dennis Cole
Ben Alexander
Theme music composer Pete Rugolo
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 73
Production
Producer(s) Richard Newton
Philip Saltzman
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 12, 1966 – January 31, 1969

Felony Squad is a half-hour television crime drama originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 12, 1966, to January 31, 1969, a span encompassing seventy-three episodes.

Overview

The program starred Howard Duff (as Sergeant Sam Stone) and Dennis Cole (as Detective Jim Briggs) as investigators in a major crimes unit. The setting was an unidentified West Coast city (background scenes obviously show Los Angeles, and L.A. City Hall is shown at dusk in the final scene of the opening credits). Duff's character was the veteran who was teaching his younger partner the nuances of life in this new facet of police work. Another main character was desk sergeant Dan Briggs (portrayed by Ben Alexander), the father of Cole's character.

Originally titled Men Against Evil, the show was set to be a soap opera-type program about a police captain. However, when the concept proved to be unworkable, the project was changed to a standard police drama with three main characters. In addition, following a sponsor's objection about being associated with the word "evil," the show's title was changed.

For the first two years of the series aired, it was broadcast on Monday nights, with 30 episodes comprising a season's run. In the fall of 1968 it was switched to a Friday evening time slot, a move that proved disastrous. The program was cancelled at midseason after just thirteen aired episodes. The final episode of the series was part of a crossover with the ABC legal drama Judd, for the Defense, starring Carl Betz. The stunt also proved to be no more effective for Judd, which was cancelled at the end of its season after a two-year run.

Alexander's role in the series was not only onscreen but also offscreen as a technical adviser. His earlier work with Jack Webb in Dragnet was the basis for this added position, but ironically resulted in his inability to reprise his role of Officer Frank Smith when Webb revived Dragnet in late 1966. He died of a heart attack less than six months after Felony Squad left the air. The show and its title were later "parodied" in the 1980s by the Leslie Nielsen TV comedy series and subsequent theatrical movies "Police Squad".

Felony Squad was sponsored by L&M cigarettes, as seen on the 1967 episode "The Day Of The Shark Part 1".

Regular Cast

  • Howard Duff as Detective Sgt. Sam Stone (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
  • Dennis Cole as Detective Jim Briggs (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
  • Ben Alexander as Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
  • Frank Maxwell as Captain Frank Nye (13 episodes, 1966-1968)

Guest Stars

Episodes

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1: 1966–67

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "The Streets Are Paved with Quicksand" Michael Ritchie Harold Gast September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)
2 2 "A Walk to Oblivion" Michael Ritchie Franklin Barton September 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)
3 3 "The Broken Badge" Vincent McEveety George Eckstein September 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)
4 4 "Strike Out" Andrew McCullough Donald S. Sanford October 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)
5 5 "A Date with Terror" Richard Donner Hank Searles October 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)
6 6 "Flame Out" Thomas Carr Donald S. Sanford October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
7 7 "The Immaculate Killer" Seymour Robbie Alfred Brenner October 24, 1966 (1966-10-24)
8 8 "The Death of a Dream" Richard Donner Adrian Spies October 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)
9 9 "Prologue to Murder" Allen Reisner John Kneubuhl November 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)
10 10 "Killer with a Badge" Jud Taylor Donald S. Sanford November 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)
11 11 "Between Two Fires" László Benedek Harold Gast November 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)
12 12 "The Terror Trap" Tom Gries Alvin Boretz November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)
13 13 "The Killer Instinct" Robert Butler Mann Rubin December 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)
14 14 "Fear Below" Walter Grauman Teleplay by: Donald S. Sanford
Story by: Franklin Barton
December 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)
15 15 "A Penny Game, a Two-Bit Murder" Richard Donner Adrian Spies December 19, 1966 (1966-12-19)
16 16 "Miss Reilly's Revenge" Michael Ritchie Teleplay by: George Eckstein & Leonard Kantor
Story by: Leonard Kantor
December 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)
17 17 "A Death for a Death" Herschel Daugherty Teleplay by: Donald S. Sanford
Story by: Donald S. Sanford & Harry Kronman
January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
18 18 "The Deadly Partner" Lawrence Dobkin Donald S. Sanford January 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)
19 19 "The Night of the Shark: Part 1" Allen Reisner Harold Gast January 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)
20 20 "The Night of the Shark: Part 2" Allen Reisner Harold Gast January 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)
21 21 "The Strangler" Lee H. Katzin Teleplay by: Tony Barrett
Story by: Tony Barrett & Lee Erwin
January 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)
22 22 "Breakout" Larry Peerce Barry Oringer February 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
23 23 "The Desperate Silence" Allen Reisner Gwen Bagni & Paul Dubov February 13, 1967 (1967-02-13)
24 24 "Target!" Allen Reisner TBA February 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)
25 25 "Echo of a Killing" Gene Nelson Dan Ullman February 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)
26 26 "Live Coward, Dead Hero" Robert Butler Teleplay by: Franklin Barton & Jay Simms
Story by: Jay Simms
March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
27 27 "A Blueprint for Dying" Lee H. Katzin Tony Barrett March 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)
28 28 "The Fear Merchant" Lawrence Dobkin Teleplay by: Tony Barrett
Story by: Quentin Sparr
March 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
29 29 "The Savage Streets" Seymour Robbie Teleplay by: L.T. Bentwood & Philip Saltzman
Story by: L.T. Bentwood
April 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)
30 30 "Debt of Fear" Lawrence Dobkin John Furia Jr. April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)

Season 2: 1967–68

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
31 1 "Let Him Die!" George McCowan Tony Barrett September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
32 2 "The Counterfeit Cop" Walter Grauman Art Wallace September 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
33 3 "A Most Proper Killing" Walter Grauman Franklin Barton September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
34 4 "The 30-Gram Kill" George McCowan Teleplay by: Tony Bennett
Story by: Don Tait & Willian Koenig
October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
35 5 "The Death Bag" Charles Rondeau Tony Barrett October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
36 6 "The Deadly Junkman" William Hale Don Brinkley October 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
37 7 "The Pat Hand of Death" Sutton Roley TBA October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
38 8 "Hit and Run, Run, Run" Seymour Robbie Dan Ullman November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
39 9 "Time of Trial" Gerd Oswald Robert E. Thompson November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
40 10 "Who'll Take Care of Joey" Herbert Hirschman Tony Barrett November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
41 11 "My Mommy Got Lost" George McCowan Robert Heverly November 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
42 12 "Ordeal by Terror" Lawrence Dobkin Teleplay by: Philip Saltzman
Story by: William Kayden
December 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
43 13 "An Arrangement with Death: Part 1" George McCowan Franklin Barton December 11, 1967 (1967-12-11)
44 14 "An Arrangement with Death: Part 2" George McCowan Franklin Barton December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
45 15 "No Sad Songs for Charlie" Gerd Oswald Earl Felton December 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
46 16 "Bed of Strangers" James Sheldon Jack Turley January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
47 17 "Killing, Country Style" George McCowan Teleplay by: Robert Heverly
Story by: Judith & Robert Guy Barrows
January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
48 18 "The Flip Side of Fear: Part 1" George McCowan Don Brinkley January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
49 19 "The Flip Side of Fear: Part 2" George McCowan Don Brinkley January 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
50 20 "The Love Victim" Nicholas Colasanto Teleplay by: Robert Heverly & Anthony Lawrence
Story by: Anthony Lawrence
February 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
51 21 "The Deadly Abductors" Howard Duff Jerry Devine February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
52 22 "Nightmare on a Dead-End Street" Ron Kelly Richard Landau February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
53 23 "Epitaph for a Cop" George McCowan TBA February 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
54 24 "Man on Fire" George McCowan Jerome Ross March 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)
55 25 "Image of Evil" Lawrence Dobkin Bob Barbash March 11, 1968 (1968-03-11)
56 26 "The Human Target" Herbert Hirschman Teleplay by: Norman Klenman
Story by: Ellis Kadison & Joel Kane
March 18, 1968 (1968-03-18)

Season 3: 1968–69

Ep Title Air date
57 1 "A Fashion for Dying" September 27, 1968 (1968-09-27)
58 2 "Jury of One" October 4, 1968 (1968-10-04)
59 3 "Underground Nightmare" October 11, 1968 (1968-10-11)
60 4 "The Deadly Innocents" October 18, 1968 (1968-10-18)
61 5 "Kiss Me, Kill You" November 1, 1968 (1968-11-01)
62 6 "The Nowhere Man: Part 1" November 8, 1968 (1968-11-08)
63 7 "The Nowhere Man: Part 2" November 15, 1968 (1968-11-15)
64 8 "Matched for Murder" November 22, 1968 (1968-11-22)
65 9 "The Fatal Hours" November 29, 1968 (1968-11-29)
66 10 "Hostage" December 13, 1968 (1968-12-13)
67 11 "The Distant Shore" December 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)
68 12 "Dark Memory" December 27, 1968 (1968-12-27)
69 13 "The Last Man in the World" January 3, 1969 (1969-01-03)
70 14 "Conspiracy of Power: Part 1" January 10, 1969 (1969-01-10)
71 15 "Conspiracy of Power: Part 2" January 17, 1969 (1969-01-17)
72 16 "Blind Terror" January 24, 1969 (1969-01-24)
73 17 "The Law and Order Blues" January 31, 1969 (1969-01-31)
This episode was a crossover with Judd, for the Defense.

External links

  • Felony Squad on IMDb
  • Felony Squad at TV.com
  • YouTube compilation of Batman window cameos
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