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Ironside: The Man Who Believed

Samantha Dain, young and apparently happy, nevertheless takes a fatal plunge from the Golden Gate Bridge 200 feet into the cold bay below. Only Ironside thinks she was murdered, but his chief evidence of this is flimsy at best: a sympathetic note she sent him while he recovered from the injury that left him paralyzed. Bit by bit he works to uncover the ugly truth of her death.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Thursday November 23rd, 1967

Director: Anton Leader
Writer: Stephen Kandel


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Guest Stars
Barbara RhoadesBarbara Rhoades
As Bonnie Lloyd (and Introducing)
Recurring
Guy StockwellGuy Stockwell
As Paul Bridger
Marcia StrassmanMarcia Strassman
As Samantha Dain

Co-Guest Stars
Gene LyonsGene Lyons
As The Commissioner (credit only)
Recurring
Cliff PottsCliff Potts
As Dan Peabody (as Cliff Potter)
Recurring
Arthur AdamsArthur Adams
As Dr. Gwynne
Recurring
Johnny SilverJohnny Silver
As John Brenner
Recurring
Bill WelshBill Welsh
As Announcer
Recurring
Sharon HarveySharon Harvey
As Girl
Recurring
Michael ConstantineMichael Constantine
As Harry Brancusi
George FurthGeorge Furth
As Ray Harrison
Alex GerryAlex Gerry
As Dr. Maurice Zelman
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 Notes
Marcia Strassman received guest star billing despite the fact that she never actually appeared in the episode. All viewers saw of her was a standee of the sort created to promote an artist's upcoming appearance. Her character dies in the first few minutes of the episode.



Episode Quotes
Ironside: Ah, you assume she jumped.
Eve: Well, the Harbor Patrol said it was suicide.
Ironside: Right. And that's what's wrong. That beautiful bridge. It's an easy out. Find a body in the Bay. Retrieve it. Wrap it up. Freeze it. Label it suicide. Close the case. Bury the body. Forget the whole thing.
Ed: Chief, Mr. Ironside, sir, most of them are suicide.
Ironside: Given proof, not assumption.
Eve: You're hinting in your delicate way that Samantha Dain was not a suicide?
Ironside: Eve, I never hint. Hinting is evasion. I'm telling you.

Ed: You know something we don't know?
Ironside: Never ask a leading question.

Ironside: When I stopped the bullet that put me into this perambulator, I got 1,432 fan letters; most of them slush. Oh, a few of them had the virtue of honesty. There were even two or three worth keeping. I dug one of them out last night. On the desk, Mark. Come on, read it.
Mark: Dear Captain Ironside, I know what it's like to be lying in a hospital bed staring up at the ceiling knowing your world has come to an end. You find yourself thinking "Well, there's one way out: the big sleep." But believe me, Captain, living is better than dying. You'll find out. I did. Signed, Samantha Dain

Dr. Gwynne: When I've completed my autopsy, I won't keep a thing from you.
Ironside: Thank you for your cooperation, Dr. Gwynne.
Dr. Gwynne: You're welcome, Chief. Each time we meet, my anticipation grows.
Ironside: Anticipation of what?
Dr. Gwynne: Doing an autopsy on you.
Ironside: Not a chance. I'd roll off the table before I'd let you lay a finger on me!



Episode Goofs
The medical examiner tells Ironside that there is no physical trauma on Samantha Dain's body. A fall of 200 feet, even into water, would produce very significant trauma; at that velocity, hitting water isn't much different than hitting any other substance. Depending on how her body hit, there would at least be broken bones.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerFrank Price
ProducerDavid J. O'Connell
Associate ProducerJeannot Szwarc
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
Costume DesignerGrady Hunt
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Joseph Reith
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Music ScoreOliver Nelson
Film EditorDouglas Stewart
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJoe Boston
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerHenry Kline
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
 
Warning: Ironside season 1 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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