credit we also see a policeman who is just as principled as they are in "Square Cop" (March 12, 1962). Like Mike Power in "The Last Stop," veteran officer Otto Forman is near retirement, but when his rookie replacement is shot and killed by a robber who escapes despite Forman having a clear shot at him, and the robber is later identified as Forman's estranged son, we are led to question his motives. His legitimate explanation that he was blinded by the robber's headlights and that there were too many innocent bystanders in the line of fire comes off sounding weak, so the 87th boys stake out his apartment, figuring his son, who took a bullet from the now-dead rookie cop, might show up there seeking help and a means to escape. Their hunch proves correct, but to their surprise Forman refuses to help his son and even challenges him to go ahead and shoot his father. After a tense standoff, Forman helps capture his son, and the 87th men recommend him for a special commendation. As in real life, there are good cops and bad cops, and the 87th Precinct just happens to be blessed with four exceptional cops.
tvobscurities.com web site, 87th Precinct began with poor reviews but improved over time and even started garnering positive press in 1962. As late as March, it was being reported that NBC had said the series would "continue for some time." However, by this time the series may have already lost viewers due to the poorer-quality early episodes, a case in point being "Main Event" (January 1, 1962), which is marred by a worn-out plot and overwrought acting and direction, as compared to the much crisper episode "Man in a Jam" (January 8, 1962) only a week later that presents a novel story about a man trying to be arrested for a murder he committed because he knows the police do not yet have enough evidence to convict him, and after he is acquitted he could not be retried due to double jeopardy laws. Tvobscurities.com notes that early ratings in November and December, 1961 had it tied with The Andy Griffith Show and The Danny Thomas Show, both of which finished in the top 10 at the end of the season, while 87th Precinct failed to crack the top 30 at season's end. Perhaps the improvement in quality came too late to reclaim viewers who had already left the series behind. After its final original episode aired on April 30th followed by a summer of reruns, the series disappeared for good until its 2012 DVD revival.
For the biographies of Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Norman Fell, Gregory Walcott, Gena Rowlands, Ruth Storey, and Dal McKennon, see the 1961 post on 87th Precinct.
Perry Mason that year as well as his first feature film role, an uncredited part as a police inspector in I Want to Live! starring Susan Hayward. From then on the work would be steady, both on TV and feature films-- uncredited parts in North by Northwest, The Beat Generation, and The F.B.I. Story in 1959; 3 appearances on Mr. Lucky along with single appearances on Peter Gunn, Tales of Wells Fargo, One Step Beyond, Route 66, and Bonanza in addition to his first credited feature role in The Crowded Sky in 1960, and appearances on The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, and Shotgun Slade in 1961, the same year he made his first of 5 appearances as Lt. Jim Burns on 87th Precinct.
The Untouchables and Perry Mason and other series such as Hawaiian Eye, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. His feature film work also receded somewhat as he was returned to uncredited parts in such noteworthy films as The Americanization of Emily and The Sandpiper in the mid-1960s. He had a credited part as an unnamed policeman in 1967's Hot Rods to Hell and scored perhaps his most-remembered, though small role as shotgun-toting hitman Mike in the 1968 Steve McQueen drama Bullitt. The 1970s saw his roles diminish even further, appearing only in single episodes of The Bold Ones: The Senator and The Streets of San Francisco, with only one feature film, one TV movie, and his final uncredited appearance in the 1975 TV mini-series Lincoln. He died 13 years later at the age of 75 in Los Angeles on May 13, 1988.
Notable Guest Stars
Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays his henchman Cyril. Paul
Newlan (Police Capt. Grey on M Squad
and Lt. Gen. Pritchard on 12 O'Clock High)
plays boxing camp owner Dennis Calhoun. Maggie Pierce (Barbara Crabtree on My Mother the Car) plays boxer's
girlfriend Martha Costello. Norman Leavitt (Ralph on Trackdown) plays a gas station attendant. Dennis McCarthy (Dr. Sam
Hodges on Cimarron City) plays the
police lab technician.
Perry Mason) plays police forensic investigator Grossman. Jerry Dexter (voiced Chuck on Shazzan, Gary Gulliver on The Adventures of Gulliver, Alan M. on Josie and the Pussycats and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Elmo on The Funky Phantom, Hal Bryant on Sealab 2020, Ted on Goober and the Ghost Chasers, and Drak Jr. on Drak Pack) plays bachelor party guest Pat.
Gunsmoke) plays Missing Persons Dept. Lt. Bartholdi. Dennis McCarthy (see "Main Event" above) returns as the police lab technician.
The Andy Griffith Show and Lovey Hackett on One Happy Family) plays eccentric crank Mrs. Collier. Jack Smith (singer who hosted his own radio show, appeared in King Kong (1933), On Moonlight Bay, and The Barefoot Executive, and hosted You Asked For It and American West) plays diner owner Telford. C. Lindsay Workman (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Donna Reed Show) plays diner cook Evans. Jack Reitzen (Chopstick Joe on Terry and the Pirates and Flores on Not for Hire) plays a bookie. Jack Regas (director of multiple episodes of The Lost Saucer, Dr. Shrinker, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, Magic Mongo, and Out of This World) plays a chorus line director. Dennis McCarthy (see "Main Event" above) returns as police lab technician Joe.
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays accomplice Matty Tremaine. Arthur Batanides (Sgt. Olivera on Johnny Midnight) plays accomplice Clay Boudreau. Marjorie Bennett (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) plays robbery witness Mrs. Turner. Harry Swoger (Harry Sprague on The Big Valley) plays a garage mechanic. Nora Marlowe (Martha Commager on Law of the Plainsman, Sara Andrews on The Governor and J.J., and Mrs. Flossie Brimmer on The Waltons) plays landlord Rosalie Pender. Richard Deacon (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Dick Van Dyke Show) plays D.A. representative Martin. Harlan Warde (John Hamilton on The Rifleman and Sheriff John Brannan on The Virginian) plays prison psychiatrist Dr. Daniels. Clark Howat (Dr. John Petrie on The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu and the police dispatcher on Harbor Command) plays a lie-detector-test examiner. E.J. Andre (Eugene Bullock on Dallas) plays a man who gives candy to children.
Dr. Kildare) plays his wife Katie. Harold J. Stone (John Kennedy on The Grand Jury, Hamilton Greeley on My World and Welcome to It, and Sam Steinberg on Bridget Loves Bernie) plays ex-con Lou Gantry. Patty Ann Gerrity (Alice Holliday on This Is Alice) plays his daughter Wendy. Roger Mobley (Homer "Packy" Lambert on Fury) plays neighbor of the Millers, Lane Connors. Robert Brubaker (Deputy Ed Blake on U.S. Marshal and Floyd on Gunsmoke) plays his father Fred. Catherine McLeod (Claire Larkin on Days of Our Lives) plays Lane's mother. John Fiedler (shown on the right, appeared in 12 Angry Men, That Touch of Mink, The World of Henry Orient, Kiss Me, Stupid, Girl Happy, The Odd Couple, True Grit and played Emil Peterson on The Bob Newhart Show and Woody on Buffalo Bill) plays Gantry's work colleague Cole. William Keene (played various reverends on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.) plays their boss Mr. Oxman. Harry Holcombe (appeared in The Fortune Cookie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Foxy Brown, Escape to Witch Mountain, and Empire of the Ants and played Frank Gardner on Search for Tomorrow, Doc Benson on My Mother the Car, Mr. Kendricks on Barefoot in the Park, and Dr. J.P. Martin on Bonanza) plays a doctor.
The Joey Bishop Show) plays his wife Kathy. Dan Tobin (Terrance Clay on Perry Mason) plays con man Adrian Score.
The Mr. Magoo Show) plays grocer Nathan Kossoff. Renata Vanni (appeared in Pay or Die!, A Patch of Blue, and Fatso and played Rose Brentano on That Girl) plays his wife Maria. Neil Burstyn (third husband of Ellen Burstyn, story editor on The Monkees) plays robber Danny Brodek. Ted de Corsia (Police Chief Hagedorn on Steve Canyon) plays his father John. Ellen Corby (shown on the right played Henrietta Porter on Trackdown and Esther Walton on The Waltons) plays Danny's mother. Bernie Hamilton (Capt. Harold Dobey on Starsky and Hutch) plays police Officer Kendal. Maudie Prickett (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Hazel) plays Meyer's Nurse Crowley. Dick Wessel (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Riverboat) plays suspect's father Howard Pitt. Jean Inness (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Dr. Kildare) plays shoplifter Agnes Burton.
and I Married a Monster From Outer Space and played Moneta on Zorro) plays liquor store maanger Amy Boone. R.G. Armstrong (Police Capt. McAllister on T.H.E. Cat and Lewis Vendredi on Friday the 13th) plays her boss Franklin Phelps. Rosemary DeCamp (shown on the left, starred in Yankee Doodle Dandy, Rhapsody in Blue, and The Life of Riley and played Peg Riley on The Life of Riley, Margaret MacDonald on The Bob Cummings Show, Aunt Helen on Petticoat Junction, Helen Marie on That Girl, and Grandma Amanda Renfrew on The Partridge Family) plays his wife Marna. John Lasell (Dr. Peter Guthrie on Dark Shadows) plays Amy's ex-husband Ted Boone. Katherine Warren (appeared in The Lady Pays Off, The Glenn Miller Story, and The Caine Mutiny) plays Amy's mother Mrs. Travail. Nancy Kulp (Pamela Livingstone on The Bob Cummings Show, Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies, Mrs. Gruber on The Brian Keith Show, and Mrs. Hopkins on Sanford and Son) plays liquor store customer Miss Fitzhenry. Clancy Cooper (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Lawman) plays police Det. Monroe. Sidney Clute (Sgt. Same Gerke on Steve Canyon, Det. Simms on McCloud, the National Editor on Lou Grant, and Det. Paul La Guardia on Cagney & Lacey) plays bartender Blackie. Jonathan Hole (Orville Monroe on The Andy Griffith Show) plays hotel manager Mr. Morgan. Carla Balenda (Patricia Hardy on The Mickey Rooney Show, Betty Leonard on The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu, and Miss Hazllit on Lassie) plays phony flight attendant Miss Tilson. Berniece Janssen (David Janssen's mother) plays a Phelps party guest.
Dr. Kildare) plays bank president John Frost. Ray Teal (shown on the far left, see the biography section for the 1961 post on Bonanza) plays Texas millionaire Sam Thorpe. Isobel Elsom (appeared in Of Human Bondage, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Lust for Life, and My Fair Lady) plays wealthy bank customer Andrea Edgerton. Alvy Moore (appeared in Susan Slept Here, Designing Woman, and The Wackiest Ship in the Army and played Howie on Pete and Gladys and Hank Kimball on Green Acres) plays suit salesman Adam Sloan. Byron Foulger (Mr. Nash on Captain Nice and Wendell Gibbs on Petticoat Junction) plays bank guard Frank. Charles Seel (Otis the Bartender on Tombstone Territory, Mr. Krinkie on Dennis the Menace, and Tom Pride on The Road West) plays bank guard Lloyd. Hank Brandt (Leonard Waggedorn on Julia, Morgan Hess on Dynasty, and Dr. Aaron Kranzler on Santa Barbara) plays police patrolman Vic. Alice Backes (Vickie on Bachelor Father) plays Carella neighbor Jane. Leonard A. Mazzola (set decorator on The Sixth Sense, Fame, and Beauty and the Beast) plays robber Barrows.
The Virginian) plays his mother. Al Ruscio (Paul Locatelli on Shannon, Sal Giordano on Life Goes On, Frank Ruscio on Joe's Life, and Kosta Kanelos on Port Charles) plays his brother Joe. Paddi Edwards (Doris on The Trouble With Harry and voiced Gorda on Phantom 2040, Atropos on Hercules, and Vera Groober-Schwartz on Pepper Ann) plays Joe's wife Betty. Joseph Mell (Bill Pence on Gunsmoke) plays grocer Sol. David Kent (Bill Scott on Leave It to Beaver) plays his son Richard. Robert Biheller (Corky on Here Come the Brides) plays punk Ben Kramer. Frank Bank (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Leave It to Beaver) plays Kramer's friend. Howard Caine (Schaab on The Californians and Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter on Hogan's Heroes) plays poker game organizer Georgie Meinig.
Perry Mason) plays State Department agent Harry Spencer. Rico Alaniz (Mr. Cousin on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays conspirator Rafael Bencosme.
Dr. Kildare) plays his wife Chris. Robert Colbert (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Maverick) plays former boxer Matt Murdock. Elizabeth Perry (shown on the right, played Katy Elliott on Morning Star) plays doctor's daughter Linda Walters. Ray Montgomery (Prof. Howard Ogden on Ramar of the Jungle) plays veteran 87th detective Frank Kanin. Jack Albertson (starred in Days of Wine and Roses, Kissin' Cousins, The Flim-Flam Man, and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and played Lt. Harry Evans on The Thin Man, Walter Burton on Room for One More, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Stoner on Ensign O'Toole, Paul Fenton on Mister Ed, and Ed Brown on Chico and the Man) plays boxing manager Maxie Carroll. Margie Regan (Lucy Carr on Michael Shayne) plays Kling's fiance Claire Townsend. John Aniston (Martin Tourneur on Search for Tomorrow and Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives) plays a police officer.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays informant Woody Gaynor. Ralph Manza (Al Bonacorsi on The D.A.'s Man, Mike Costello on General Hospital, Jay Drury on Banacek, Ambulance Aide Stanke on A.E.S. Hudson, Padre Guardiano on Mama Malone, Bud on Newhart, and Father Lewis on Days of Our Lives) plays a taxi driver. Sheldon Allman (Norm Miller on Harris Against the World) plays Central Station Det. White. George Cisar (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Dennis the Menace) plays grocer Mr. Starr. Frank Gerstle (Dick Gird on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays newspaper reporter Ed Bennett.
The Dick Van Dyke Show) plays his son Douglas. Joan Staley (Playboy Playmate who appeared in Cape Fear, Roustabout, Valley of the Dragons, Johnny Cool, and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and played Tiger on The Lively Ones, Hannah on 77 Sunset Strip, and Roberta Love on Broadside) plays Douglas' girlfriend Monica. Douglas Dick (Carl Herrick on Waterfront) plays elder Masters' nephew Anson Masters. Bill Erwin (Joe Walters on My Three Sons and Glenn Diamond on Struck by Lightning) plays elder Masters' valet George. S. John Launer (Marshall Houts on The Court of Last Resort and the judge 33 times on Perry Mason) plays shady lawyer Warner. Kathleen Freeman (played Katie on Topper, Marilly on Mayor of the Town, Bertha Krause on The Bob Cummings Show, Flo Shafer on The Beverly Hillbillies, Kate Harwell on Funny Face, and Iris Belmont on Lotsa Luc) plays policewoman Miss Wilson. Craig Duncan (Sgt. Stanfield/Banfield on Mackenzie's Raiders) plays a taxi driver. Addison Richards (starred in Boys Town, They Made Her a Spy, Flying Tigers, and The Deerslayer and played Doc Calhoun on Trackdown and Doc Landy on The Deputy) plays elder Masters' brother-in-law Windrow. Norman Grabowski (See "Give the Boys a Great Big Hand" above) plays a policeman. Thomas Browne Henry (Dr. Reno on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Mr. Channing on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, J. Homer Radcliffe on Tombstone Territory, and Prof. Hubacher on The Gertrude Berg Show) plays Douglas Masters' lawyer.