Police Story (1973–1987)
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Detective Brennar fatally sends a 4y.o boy away from the neighborhood. On the home-front, this detective is experiencing a broader sending away of loved-ones only to reap inner confusion and heartache.

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Alexander Singer

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Jerrold L. Ludwig (as Jerry Ludwig) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Det. Ed Brenner
Robert Brown ... Harold Montrose
Diana Ewing ... Claire Montrose
Scott Brady ... Vinnie
June Lockhart ... Mrs. Bowman
John Kerr ... Morrissey
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Smiley (as Elisha Cook)
Paulene Myers ... Clara
Milt Kogan ... Norm Jonas
Diane Baker ... Phyllis Brenner
Joan Blondell ... Doreen
Michael Baseleon ... Frank Giacino
Ron Masak ... Elgort
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Hyatt
Lenore Kasdorf ... Gwen
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Detective Brennar fatally sends a 4y.o boy away from the neighborhood. On the home-front, this detective is experiencing a broader sending away of loved-ones only to reap inner confusion and heartache.

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When Detective Brenner goes on a rampage and knocks over three lamps in his hotel room with a chair, the light bulbs in the first two go out after the lamp is hit and strewn across the room (i.e., as it should have). The light bulb in the third lamp, however, goes out a split second before the thrown chair actually hits the lamp--meaning somebody turned the power off of the lamp prior to the chair's impact. See more »

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References Little Boy Lost (1953) See more »

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Crappy Parenting 101....and tough to watch at times.
5 September 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A young boy disappears and the cops investigate. Soon it becomes apparent that the boy was severely neglected. Dad is an angry jerk...mom is addicted to sleeping pills....and between them, they boy receives barely any attention at all. It's a case which makes you wish that someone had called police BEFORE Bobby disappeared. What follows are many of the things you might see in such cases....weirdo psychics, folks trying to cash in on someone's pain and more.

Through the course of the film, you follow Detective Brenner (Robert Forster) as he investigates as well as during his time off work. The detective's struggle to parent his son and deal with his divorce is an interesting parallel to the investigation, as he is trying to be a good dad.

Overall, this is a very emotionally charged episode. There is a lovely (and heartbreaking scene) between Brenner and his son on the beach as well as the ultimate discovery of what happened to the boy that make this a bit hard to watch. VERY well made and filled with vulnerability and humanity.

By the way, Brenner's son Mike was played by Moosie Drier. Drier was a familiar face on TV in the 70s (especially on "The Bob Newhart Show") and is apparently STILL active and getting work acting. Also, the show is interesting because you see some old familiar faces, including: June Lockhart, Elisha Cook, and Joan Blondell.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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