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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.

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

Contents

OverviewEdit

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 CastEdit

  • 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 StarsEdit

EpisodesEdit

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

Season 1: 1966–67Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Streets Are Paved with Quicksand"Michael RitchieHarold GastSeptember 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)
22"A Walk to Oblivion"Michael RitchieFranklin BartonSeptember 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)
33"The Broken Badge"Vincent McEveetyGeorge EcksteinSeptember 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)
44"Strike Out"Andrew McCulloughDonald S. SanfordOctober 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)
55"A Date with Terror"Richard DonnerHank SearlesOctober 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)
66"Flame Out"Thomas CarrDonald S. SanfordOctober 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
77"The Immaculate Killer"Seymour RobbieAlfred BrennerOctober 24, 1966 (1966-10-24)
88"The Death of a Dream"Richard DonnerAdrian SpiesOctober 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)
99"Prologue to Murder"Allen ReisnerJohn KneubuhlNovember 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)
1010"Killer with a Badge"Jud TaylorDonald S. SanfordNovember 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)
1111"Between Two Fires"László BenedekHarold GastNovember 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)
1212"The Terror Trap"Tom GriesAlvin BoretzNovember 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)
1313"The Killer Instinct"Robert ButlerMann RubinDecember 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)
1414"Fear Below"Walter GraumanTeleplay by: Donald S. Sanford
Story by: Franklin Barton
December 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)
1515"A Penny Game, a Two-Bit Murder"Richard DonnerAdrian SpiesDecember 19, 1966 (1966-12-19)
1616"Miss Reilly's Revenge"Michael RitchieTeleplay by: George Eckstein & Leonard Kantor
Story by: Leonard Kantor
December 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)
1717"A Death for a Death"Herschel DaughertyTeleplay by: Donald S. Sanford
Story by: Donald S. Sanford & Harry Kronman
January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
1818"The Deadly Partner"Lawrence DobkinDonald S. SanfordJanuary 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)
1919"The Night of the Shark: Part 1"Allen ReisnerHarold GastJanuary 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)
2020"The Night of the Shark: Part 2"Allen ReisnerHarold GastJanuary 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)
2121"The Strangler"Lee H. KatzinTeleplay by: Tony Barrett
Story by: Tony Barrett & Lee Erwin
January 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)
2222"Breakout"Larry PeerceBarry OringerFebruary 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
2323"The Desperate Silence"Allen ReisnerGwen Bagni & Paul DubovFebruary 13, 1967 (1967-02-13)
2424"Target!"Allen ReisnerTBAFebruary 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)
2525"Echo of a Killing"Gene NelsonDan UllmanFebruary 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)
2626"Live Coward, Dead Hero"Robert ButlerTeleplay by: Franklin Barton & Jay Simms
Story by: Jay Simms
March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
2727"A Blueprint for Dying"Lee H. KatzinTony BarrettMarch 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)
2828"The Fear Merchant"Lawrence DobkinTeleplay by: Tony Barrett
Story by: Quentin Sparr
March 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
2929"The Savage Streets"Seymour RobbieTeleplay by: L.T. Bentwood & Philip Saltzman
Story by: L.T. Bentwood
April 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)
3030"Debt of Fear"Lawrence DobkinJohn Furia Jr.April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)

Season 2: 1967–68Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
311"Let Him Die!"George McCowanTony BarrettSeptember 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
322"The Counterfeit Cop"Walter GraumanArt WallaceSeptember 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
333"A Most Proper Killing"Walter GraumanFranklin BartonSeptember 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
344"The 30-Gram Kill"George McCowanTeleplay by: Tony Bennett
Story by: Don Tait & Willian Koenig
October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
355"The Death Bag"Charles RondeauTony BarrettOctober 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
366"The Deadly Junkman"William HaleDon BrinkleyOctober 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
377"The Pat Hand of Death"Sutton RoleyTBAOctober 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
388"Hit and Run, Run, Run"Seymour RobbieDan UllmanNovember 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
399"Time of Trial"Gerd OswaldRobert E. ThompsonNovember 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
4010"Who'll Take Care of Joey"Herbert HirschmanTony BarrettNovember 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
4111"My Mommy Got Lost"George McCowanRobert HeverlyNovember 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
4212"Ordeal by Terror"Lawrence DobkinTeleplay by: Philip Saltzman
Story by: William Kayden
December 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
4313"An Arrangement with Death: Part 1"George McCowanFranklin BartonDecember 11, 1967 (1967-12-11)
4414"An Arrangement with Death: Part 2"George McCowanFranklin BartonDecember 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
4515"No Sad Songs for Charlie"Gerd OswaldEarl FeltonDecember 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
4616"Bed of Strangers"James SheldonJack TurleyJanuary 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
4717"Killing, Country Style"George McCowanTeleplay by: Robert Heverly
Story by: Judith & Robert Guy Barrows
January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
4818"The Flip Side of Fear: Part 1"George McCowanDon BrinkleyJanuary 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
4919"The Flip Side of Fear: Part 2"George McCowanDon BrinkleyJanuary 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
5020"The Love Victim"Nicholas ColasantoTeleplay by: Robert Heverly & Anthony Lawrence
Story by: Anthony Lawrence
February 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
5121"The Deadly Abductors"Howard DuffJerry DevineFebruary 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
5222"Nightmare on a Dead-End Street"Ron KellyRichard LandauFebruary 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
5323"Epitaph for a Cop"George McCowanTBAFebruary 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
5424"Man on Fire"George McCowanJerome RossMarch 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)
5525"Image of Evil"Lawrence DobkinBob BarbashMarch 11, 1968 (1968-03-11)
5626"The Human Target"Herbert HirschmanTeleplay by: Norman Klenman
Story by: Ellis Kadison & Joel Kane
March 18, 1968 (1968-03-18)

Season 3: 1968–69Edit

Ep Title Air date
571"A Fashion for Dying"September 27, 1968 (1968-09-27)
582"Jury of One"October 4, 1968 (1968-10-04)
593"Underground Nightmare"October 11, 1968 (1968-10-11)
604"The Deadly Innocents"October 18, 1968 (1968-10-18)
615"Kiss Me, Kill You"November 1, 1968 (1968-11-01)
626"The Nowhere Man: Part 1"November 8, 1968 (1968-11-08)
637"The Nowhere Man: Part 2"November 15, 1968 (1968-11-15)
648"Matched for Murder"November 22, 1968 (1968-11-22)
659"The Fatal Hours"November 29, 1968 (1968-11-29)
6610"Hostage"December 13, 1968 (1968-12-13)
6711"The Distant Shore"December 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)
6812"Dark Memory"December 27, 1968 (1968-12-27)
6913"The Last Man in the World"January 3, 1969 (1969-01-03)
7014"Conspiracy of Power: Part 1"January 10, 1969 (1969-01-10)
7115"Conspiracy of Power: Part 2"January 17, 1969 (1969-01-17)
7216"Blind Terror"January 24, 1969 (1969-01-24)
7317"The Law and Order Blues"January 31, 1969 (1969-01-31)
This episode was a crossover with Judd, for the Defense.

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