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What’s New?Vintage Press InformationAn ’Ironside’ Title and Airdate ListingOriginal NBC Stills ArchiveVintage Magazine Features’Ironside’ CollectablesEditorials and Analytical FeaturesLinks
What’s New?Vintage Press InformationAn ’Ironside’ Title and Airdate ListingOriginal NBC Stills ArchiveVintage Magazine FeaturesIronside’ CollectablesEditorials and Analytical FeaturesLinks
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IRONSIDE
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With Raymond Burr, James Gregory, Gene Evans, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson, Don Galloway, others
Exec. Producer:  Frank Price
Producer:  James McAdams
Director:  Michael Caffey
Writers:  Don M. Mankiewicz, Tony Barrett
60 Mins., Thurs., 8:30 p.m.
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Raymond Burr has segued from one hit to another, and NBC’s big bet on “Ironside” to anchor its Thursday night lineup should pay off. The U-TV entry gives every sign of being the season’s freshest slab of cop melodrama.
 
This is not to be construed as utter rave. “Ironside” falls short of that. But the producers have done a neat job of overlaying the cliches with a hip veneer. The preem yarn, about an “inside” racetrack heist, was couched in nice dramatic ambiguity, had smooth performances and crisp pace.
 
As in “Perry Mason”, Burr plays his one note with precision. This time he’s tart-tongued as “chief” on the San Francisco force, a lead interestingly reinforced by the gimmick of having him bound to a wheelchair. His aides include a chick and two males (one of whom — a caustic Negro in the person of Don Mitchell — gives the integration a nice twist).
 
As the other two in the inner circle, Barbara Anderson and Don Galloway acquit nicely. Gene Evans and James Gregory also made their guest contribs count on the initialer.
 
As part of that look of self-assurance, it can be noted that the production played down the Frisco locations — this one means to make it without the scenic crutch, and that in itself would mark “Ironside” as a notable departure in the current campaign.
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