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W*A*L*T*E*R (1984)

The neurotic but perceptive Walter "Radar" O'Reilly joins the police force after the Korean war.


Bill Bixby


Bob Weiskopf (teleplay), Bob Schiller (teleplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Gary Burghoff ... Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Ray Buktenica ... Wendell Micklejohn
Victoria Jackson ... Victoria
Noble Willingham ... Sergeant Sowell
Clete Roberts ... Interviewer
Meeno Peluce ... Elstin
Sam Scarber ... Haskell
Lyman Ward ... Bigelow
Sarah Abrell ... Judith Crane
Larry Cedar ... Zipkin
Francine Gabel Francine Gabel ... Pretty Girl
Victoria Carroll ... Bubbles Sincere
June Berry ... Dixie Devoe Bobby
Bobby Ramsen Bobby Ramsen ... Singer
Dick Miller ... Theater Owner


After Walter "Radar" O'Reilly returns home from Korea, he joins the local police force. His adventures include tracking his stolen wallet, breaking up a fight between two strippers, and helping out a homeless boy. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

17 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Me in St. Louis, Walter See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before costar Ray Buktenica appeared in this pilot, he was a regular on the CBS sitcom House Calls, which starred another former M*A*S*H regular, Wayne Rogers. See more »


Spun-off from M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

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M*A*S*H it is NOT - After AfterMASH
4 May 2015 | by microlg2See all my reviews

I saw the pilot for W*A*L*T*E*R. Now I know beyond a doubt why they never made it into a series. Here's an interesting tidbit: It was directed by Bill Bixby! I wouldn't be surprised if it did NOT appear on his resume. Even having the asterisks in the title (Radar's real name of course) is dumb.

O'Reilly returns to Iowa, sells the farm & livestock and sends his mother to live with his aunt. His new bride leaves him for another man right after their honeymoon. (what!?) He decides to commit suicide, and goes to a drugstore to buy sleeping pills to overdose (+ aspirin b/c sleeping pills give him headaches (broom-che!)). The drugstore clerk, Victoria Jackson!, cheers him up and they become friends. His cousin Wendell gets him a job on the police force in St. Louis. Jocularity ensues.

Radar goes back home and they make a show about him AFTER he loses the farm? Blech. You may as well have a show about him after he BUYS the farm! To have a show about Radar anywhere but in Ottumwa Iowa is bogus. Miss this! I seal it: DNW: Do Not Watch!

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