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Ironside: Perfect Crime

At Bay College, Ironside presents a seminar on crime fighting, prompting a common question: what about the perfect crime? Ironside advises the students that looking from the outside it is much easier to see the mistakes of others, and be sure one would not make such blunders. As Ironside leaves campus, a sniper shoots a student. Investigation turns up nothing until Ironside realizes the key to solving this crime depends on discovering the sniper's real motive, which he has masked with some clever misdirection. To flush him out, Ironside uses misdirection of his own.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x24
Airdate: Thursday March 07th, 1968

Guest Stars
Brenda ScottBrenda Scott
As Peggy Fortune
Ron RussellRon Russell
As Larry Wilson
Pete DuelPete Duel
As Jonathan Dix (as Peter Dueul)

Co-Guest Stars
Shelly NovackShelly Novack
As Roger Simmons
David Lewis (3)David Lewis (3)
As Dean Adam Gabriel
Gene LyonsGene Lyons
As The Commissioner (Commissioner Dennis Randall)
Vernon ScottVernon Scott
As Frank
Bill BaldwinBill Baldwin
As George
Paul Hough (1)Paul Hough (1)
As Byron Shelley Crawford III
Lenny KahnLenny Kahn
As Phil
Kitty MaloneKitty Malone
As Attractive Girl
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
Roger Simmons: What about the perfect crime?
Ironside: There are no perfect crimes, only imperfect detectives.
Roger Simmons: But it is possible.
Ironside: Perfect crime. Young people are always fascinated by the thought of it. Other people's errors look so obvious, so easy to correct. If X had not pawned the jewels, if Y had used another car; but X and Y are human. Being human they have flaws. Sooner or later they make their mistake. And having made their mistake, they are caught.

Byron Shelley Crawford III: Plato had a perfect society and people committed crimes.
Ironside: Plato's concepts may have established a perfect society. Perfect for whom? Certainly not the poor or enslaved.

Reporter #1: Anything new on the college shooting, Chief?
Ironside: No comment.
Reporter #2: Do you think it's one of the students?
Ironside: No comment.
Reporter #1: Do you think the sniper intended shooting you and hit the kid by accident?
Ironside: Interesting but highly improbable.
Reporter #3: Well, how about the kid who got hit? Why would someone shoot him?
Ironside: No comment.
Reporter #2: Thanks a lot, Chief.
Ironside: Glad to help.

Ironside: Can we fix the position of the sniper?
Mark: Roof of the administration building.
Ironside: Umm, very good, Mark. Remind me to give you a raise one of these days. Now...
Mark: Chief?
Ironside: Yes, Mark?
Mark: How about a raise?

Ed: Chief, do you know how many steps there are between the first floor of the Administration building and the roof, especially when you climb it a dozen times?
Eve: Would you be interested in the distance between the rifle range and the various fraternities and sororities? Ask my feet, they know.
Ironside: From aging salesmen I expect complaints, from young policemen I expect enthusiasm and results. We obviously have to skip the enthusiasm. Now how about the results?

Mark: Roger Simmons is captain of the Bay College Skeet and Shooting Team. He's majoring in military tactics and minoring in nuclear physics. His heroes are Napoleon, Clausewitz and Genghis Khan.
Ironside: He left out Alexander and Charlemagne.

Ironside: You know, we're not dealing with a madman, but with an extremely brilliant and Machiavellian mind.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerFrank Price
ProducerPaul Mason (1)
Associate ProducerJeannot Szwarc
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJoseph Reith  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyEnzo A. Martinelli
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Film EditorEdward Haire
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJoe Boston
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerGeorge Lollier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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