Baretta (1975–1978)
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Can't Win for Losin' 

Joey Rich, a half-employed middle-aged ghetto black man, has a serious problem: his son is addicted to heroin. Rich confronts the dealer and gets a contemptuous horselaugh. Rich starts ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Douglas

Writers:

Stephen J. Cannell (created by), Jeff Freilich (creative consultant) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Robert Blake ... Det. Tony Baretta
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Dave Rich (as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs)
Carl W. Crudup ... Moonlight (as Carl Crudup)
Maidie Norman ... Mrs. Rich
Michael D. Roberts ... Rooster
Chuck Shamata ... Lynch
Robert Miller Driscoll ... Thaler
Whitman Mayo ... Joey Rich
DeForest Covan ... Markle
John Ward John Ward ... Foley
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Bailey
Sharon Cintron Sharon Cintron ... Mimi
Karen Ciral Karen Ciral ... Mitzi DeForest
Rosalind Miles Rosalind Miles ... Big Mama
Linda McCullough ... Corey
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Joey Rich, a half-employed middle-aged ghetto black man, has a serious problem: his son is addicted to heroin. Rich confronts the dealer and gets a contemptuous horselaugh. Rich starts stalking the dealer, but isn't sure what he will do when he finds him. Then a solution unexpectedly presents itself. The dealer had made two enemies -- a rival dealer and his hired gunman. They ambush the dealer and gun him down. Rich saw the whole thing. Seizing the opportunity, he picks up the hit gun and stands over the corpse with it until the cops arrive. Suddenly Rich becomes a neighborhood hero. Baretta is rightly suspicious, and it doesn't help that the killers saw him as well. Figuring he will crack sooner or later when his celebrity wears off and he faces a murder rap, the gunmen bail him out of jail and try to waste him in a drive-by shooting. That fails, but the killers are sure to try again. Now Rich must confront his own passive lifestyle and try to do something about the murderers before ... Written by Peter Harris

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In what appears to have been a last-minute editing decision made after the titles were put on the episode (and one which makes no sense), Baretta drags the drug-addicted teenager back to his parents' apartment in the opening scene - and then chases him down in the next sequence (the one with the titles). See more »

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Interesting scheme
17 March 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Well, I won't repeat the topic already very well done before. What's the use? The only thing I will say is this; this scheme of an ordinary man trying to protect his son from dealers is very touching and so offbeat in a period where the vigilante crime films emerged in the line of DEATH WISH. The ordinary man here doesn't look like a Charles Bronson rip-off. That's the most interesting here, not the Baretta character it self. That's what I wanted to say about this episode, nothing more. Nothing special. Oh yes, one last thing, this story is also in the Blaxploitation genre, with mainly black actors.

There have been worse in the Baretta series, not much although.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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