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Ironside: The Past is Prologue

Ironside attends a graduation party for Tom Stowe, who has put himself through Stamford. Years earlier, Ironside's intervention helped Stowe off the wrong path and motivated him to succeed and achieve. Then one of Ironside's colleagues enters with a warrant naming Wally Stowe, Tom's father, a murderer! It seems that nearly twenty years ago in New York, Wally (then Frank Tomlecek) murdered his employer and fled. Ironside decides to investigate the case, and the more he learns the less he likes what he learns.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x13
Airdate: Thursday December 07th, 1967

Director: Don Weis
Writer: Paul Mason (1)

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Guest Stars
Victor Jory
As Wally Stowe / Frank Tomlecek

Co-Guest Stars
Gene Lyons
As The Commissioner (Commissioner Dennis Randall)
Jean Inness
As Dee Stowe
John Zaremba
As Dr. Michaels
Gail Bonney
As Secretary
Harrison Ford
As Tom Stowe
Jill Donohue
As Phyllis Chase
June Vincent
As Mrs. Chase
John Hoyt
As Malcolm Henderson
Bartlett Robinson
As Atty. Whittier
Chester Jones
As Butler

Walter Coy
As Chief of Police Paul Wilson
Main Cast
Raymond Burr
As Robert Ironside
Don Galloway
As Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson
As Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell
As Mark Sanger
Episode Notes
Harrison Ford, in a very early appearance, plays a character whose father was a carpenter. Three years later, Ford would largely abandon acting for a career as a carpenter. As a carpenter, he was hired to build cabinets for George Lucas, who cast him first as a supporting actor in American Graffitti (1973), and just a few years later as Han Solo, the role that propelled him to star status.

Episode Quotes
Mark: You told him.
Ironside: He needed telling.
Mark: Yeah, but you wasted the phone call. If we had a window put in this buzzard's roost, he'd have heard you all the way back in New York.
Ironside: I suppose I woke you up.
Mark: That you did.
Ironside: About time you got out of the the sack.
Mark: It's about time you hit the sack, isn't it?

Ironside: Well, I struck out. Commissioner says we play this one by the book.
Eve: Too bad we can't rewrite the book.
Ironside: Who says we can't?

Ed: Chief, people say you're ruthless. Is that true?
Ironside: Only when I want something.

Ironside: Well, now that I look at you, Commissioner, you do seem a bit shaggy around the collar. However, you have to make an appointment for that chair.
Commissioner: Of course, I could take my business someplace else. Welcome home, Bob.
Ironside: Thank you. It's heartwarming to find you like this.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerFrank Price
ProducerCy Chermak
Associate ProducerJeannot Szwarc
MusicQuincy Jones
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Joseph Reith
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Film EditorDouglas Stewart
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJoe Boston
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerGeorge Lollier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Warning: Ironside season 1 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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