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Ironside: The Challenge

Ironside's friend Carl Anderson, a psychologist, has collected examples of art from five San Francisco artists. Following a chess match, he offers Ironside a different challenge: one of the artists is in a dangerous state of mind, where just a slight shift could lead to murder. Forty-eight hours later, Ironside returns to his friend's house. Anderson has been knifed to death, taking to his grave the answer to his tantalizing question. Ironside is more determined than ever to puzzle his way through the artists' minds to the truth.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x20
Airdate: Thursday February 08th, 1968

Director: Anton Leader
Writer: John McGreevey

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Guest Stars
Tom SimcoxTom Simcox
As Brian Turner
Sue Ane LangdonSue Ane Langdon
As Rhea Prentiss

Co-Guest Stars
Coleen GrayColeen Gray
As Ann Kingsley
Noah KeenNoah Keen
As Dr. Paul Bragen
Nicholas ColasantoNicholas Colasanto
As Mike Sellino
Cec LinderCec Linder
As Prof. Carl Anderson
Virginia GreyVirginia Grey
As Mrs. Meacham
Main Cast
Raymond BurrRaymond Burr
As Robert Ironside
Don GallowayDon Galloway
As Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara AndersonBarbara Anderson
As Eve Whitfield
Don MitchellDon Mitchell
As Mark Sanger
Episode Quotes
Prof. Carl Anderson: Five moves. Bob, you are totally without scruples.
Ironside: No room for scruples on a chessboard.

Prof. Carl Anderson: The least shift in his... or her... precarious psychological balance could very possibly lead to murder.

Ironside: How we doing with Mrs. Kingsley and Rhea Prentiss?
Ed: Mrs. Kingsley is on her way here. Prentiss' phone is out of order.
Ironside: I wonder how police officers managed before there were telephones?

Ironside: Who's this.
Rhea Prentiss: It's my lawyer.
Ironside: You're not under arrest.
Rhea Prentiss: Well, he's just standing by in case I need something legal. Like a habeas or a corpus.

Eve: Chief, the reporters are getting impatient.
Ironside: An occupational disease.

Rhea Prentiss: I may give up painting and try acting.
Ironside: Art's loss will be theater's gain.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerFrank Price
ProducerCy Chermak
Associate ProducerJeannot Szwarc
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Joseph Reith
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Film EditorEdward W. Williams
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorCarl Beringer
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerGeorge Lollier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
Warning: Ironside season 1 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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