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Ironside: I, the People

A reluctant Ironside is assigned to protect a vicious television talk-show personality from death threats.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x6
Airdate: Thursday October 31st, 1968

Guest Stars
Dane ClarkDane Clark
As Phil Manning
Milton BerleMilton Berle
As Ross Howard
Patricia BarryPatricia Barry
As Martha Webb

Co-Guest Stars
George MurdockGeorge Murdock
As Capt. Walter Finch
Parley BaerParley Baer
As Commander Stevens
Gene LyonsGene Lyons
As The Commissioner (Commissioner Dennis Randall)
Jason WingreenJason Wingreen
As Man
Bill WelshBill Welsh
As Newscaster
Julie AdamsJulie Adams
As Norma Howard
Abraham SofaerAbraham Sofaer
As Maharishi Rabbu
William KeeneWilliam Keene
As Professor
Jean HowellJean Howell
As Woman
Jon BreakfieldJon Breakfield
As College Student

Lee Miller (1)Lee Miller (1)
As Studio Hand
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
Ironside: Someone ought to muzzle that guy.
The Commissioner: Someone wants to muzzle him for good. Howard has been receiving threatening letters. I want you to handle it.
Ironside: Pass.
The Commissioner: His producer wants to be kept quiet. No publicity.
Ironside: Sorry, Dennis. Even a judge has the right to disqualify himself on grounds of prejudice. Assign someone else.
The Commissioner: I'm assigning you. Ross Howard is no longer just a TV personality. They're going to run him for the Senate.
Ironside: Senate?
The Commissioner: Yes, and that makes him a political figure now, and you know what that means. He's got to be protected.

Ironside: Do you have any idea who hates you enough to write these letters?
Ross Howard: Well, let's see. The ratings say I've got ten million viewers, so be kind, figure 90% like me. That would mean about one million hate my guts. Do you know what they call me?
Ironside: Demagogue?
Ross Howard: The People's Voice. Oh, fudge. Too sweet.
Martha Webb: Ross, please take this seriously.
Ironside: You've smeared a lot of people, Mr. Howard.
Ross Howard: Not smeared, Chief, exposed. And only if they had it coming.
Ironside: And Captain Finch?
Ross Howard: Look, Chief, you're in my ballpark now, so tune in on the ground rules. I don't make the law, I observe it. When somebody starts twisting it and he's a little too important for the newspapers to do anything about, I--I do. I've got no axe to grind, I don't lean left or right, I'm a registered neutral. All I care about is this country, my country.

Mark: You don't seem too shook up over this Ross Howard case.
Eve: You really do have mixed emotions on this one, don't you?
Ironside: I'm a trained police officer with a moral obligation to protect the lives of the public.
Mark: He's got mixed emotions.

Phil Manning: Hey, Sherlock. Look, if someone trying to kill Howard, I've got a great idea. Let him.

Eve: One more thing, Norma Howard filed for a divorce four years ago.
Ironside: And withdrew it two days later.
Eve: Strange, wasn't it?
Ironside: Strange?
Eve: A woman files for divorce a day after her father dies.
Ironside: Why did you wait until now to tell me?
Eve: (walking off) It's my drama training. I saved it for an exit line.

Ross Howard: We understand the captain is one of your boys. You have to live with him. So it's only natural that...
Ironside: What about you, Mr. Howard? This is where you live. In this box. Like a vampire who comes to life in his electronic coffin every night when the sun goes down. Every night on prime time.
Ross Howard: Pretty clever material, Chief. You outta have your own show.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerCy Chermak
ProducerDouglas Benton
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
Music ScoreOliver Nelson
Film EditorEdward W. Williams
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
Assistant DirectorJoe Boston
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerWilbur E. Mosier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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