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The Blue Knight: The Blue Knight

"The Blue Knight" — not the William Holden one — turns up as a pilot for George Kennedy. Kennedy, who won fame and an Oscar for "Cool Hand Luke," gets to play the Bumper Morgan role (as opposed to Holden's version) as a rougher lawman. He's a beat man whose imposing — and slightly paunchy — appearance enables him to restore order without violence (that alone will win votes with the protestors). He breaks up a neighborhood drug ring.
THIS PRODUCTION is from producer John ("Apple's Way") Furia Jr. and Lorimar ("The Waltons") Productions. It is a fine example of how sharp writing (by Albert Rubin), keenly sensitive acting and perceptive direction (by J. Lee Thompson) can result in a fascinating cops v. robbers show without blood and gore.
George Kennedy is imposing, paunchy but strong, as Bumper Morgan, the cop who has won respect, admiration, and sometimes even love as a father figure from the people on his beat.
This is a pilot film that spawned into a "Blue Knight" series. A policeman is killed at the very beginning — to give the plot and Bumper the required motivation — but we don't see it because Bumper is so upset he gets his fishtailing cruiser all fouled up in traffic and is late getting to the scene. From then on, the interest lies in Bumper's outwitting the street-people as well as the foot-dragging bureaucrats within police headquarters.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x0
Airdate: Friday May 09th, 1975
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writer: Albert Ruben

Guest Stars
Byron MabeByron Mabe
As Hemmings
Don HanmerDon Hanmer
As News Vendor
Hoke HowellHoke Howell
As Coggins
John DennisJohn Dennis
As Dolnick
John SteadmanJohn Steadman
As Wimpey
Marc AlaimoMarc Alaimo
As The Dutchman
Richard E. KalkRichard E. Kalk
As Dibbs
Tad HorinoTad Horino
As Medical examiner
Alex RoccoAlex Rocco
As Detective Charley Bronski
Bart BurnsBart Burns
As Randy
Britt LeachBritt Leach
As Programmer
Dorothy MeyerDorothy Meyer
As Shopper
Douglas DirksonDouglas Dirkson
As Bricker
Eric ChristmasEric Christmas
As Joel Stebbins
Glynn TurmanGlynn Turman
As Edwin Beall
Harry CaesarHarry Caesar
As Walter
Howard HessemanHoward Hesseman
As Resident
Ji-Tu CumbukaJi-Tu Cumbuka
As Leroy 'Tank' Whittier
Jim BowlesJim Bowles
As Burrito owner
John FujiokaJohn Fujioka
As Tanaka
Joseph WambaughJoseph Wambaugh
As Desk Sergeant
Lieux DresslerLieux Dressler
As Waitress
Michael MargottaMichael Margotta
As Frank Zugarelli
Reid CruickshanksReid Cruickshanks
As Lieutenant Walsh
Rick HurstRick Hurst
As Detective Harriman (as Richard Hurst)
Verna BloomVerna Bloom
As Moody Larkin
Walter BarnesWalter Barnes
As Personnel Officer
Main Cast
George KennedyGeorge Kennedy
As Bumper Morgan
Phillip PinePhillip Pine
As Sgt. Newman
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