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Angered by the rising cost of health care, an old man tries to pay his friend's bills by threatening a businessman with the bombing of his buildings.

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Seymour Robbie

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Jack B. Sowards, Edward Hume (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Karl Malden ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas ... Inspector Steve Keller
Paul Fix ... Wade Tillman
Denver Pyle ... Carl Armstrong
Linden Chiles ... Robert Tillman
Ruth McDevitt ... Maude
John Qualen ... Frank Casey
Burt Mustin ... Elmer Pierce
William Jordan William Jordan ... Jerry DeSantis
Alan Bergmann ... Old Age Home Director
Doug Chapin Doug Chapin ... Gas Station Attendant
Bruce Solomon ... Doctor (as Bruce Peter Solomon)
Reuben Collins Reuben Collins ... Inspector Bill Tanner
Ruth Silveira Ruth Silveira ... Armstrong's Secretary
Tiger Joe Marsh Tiger Joe Marsh ... Walt, the chef
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Angered by the rising cost of health care, an old man tries to pay his friend's bills by threatening a businessman with the bombing of his buildings.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Events appear to take place Sat, Oct 7. 1972 according to a clock on a table showing the weekday and month. Although aired late 1973 this year does not have a Saturday the 7th in October. But in 1972 October 7th fell on a Saturday. Possible indication when it was shot. See more »

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The not so good Samaritan
26 September 2014 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Strange and confusing SOSF episode involving this not so wrapped tight, in the head, old man Wade Tillman, Paul Fix, who tries to fix things by committing crimes like armed robbery and bombings in and around the San Francisco financial district in doing his "Good Deed" for the day. It's not that Tillman is a bad guy it's just that in the 70's his mind in dealing with what's right and wrong isn't working like it used to.

With his friend Frank Casey, John Qualen, in the welfare hotel not able to pay his rent Tillman takes it upon himself to pay the rent for him. That's by him robbing and wounding, when he tried to resist, a gas station attendant,Doug Chapin, whom after shooting him called the police and hospital for help. It's when Tillman found out that his friend Casey, who had since fallen down a flight of stairs,needed an eye operation or else he'll go blind that he got in touch with his millionaire friend Carl Armstrong, Denver Pyle, whom he hasn't seen in years. Tillman asked Armstrong to lend him the 10 G's to pay for the operation that he, in seeing that he isn't all there, refused to do! With the SFPD now involved with Tillman threatening to blow up all of Armstrongs buildings in Downtown San Francisco Tillman now meaning business plants a number of bombs that are set to go off at one hours intervals. The first at the Armstrong Building when Carl Armstrong works out of!

***SPOILERS*** Working against the clock both police detective and inspector Mike Stone & Steve Keller, Karl Malden & Michael Douglas, try to find and disarm to bombs before they go off while Tiller after suffering a heart attack, while chased by the police, is unable to tell the police where he planted the bombs, or the latest one that's to go off at 4:00 PM, even if he wanted to. That's until he came out of his coma just moments the bomb was set to go off! In the end Tillman got off Scot-free in what he did with none of his victims, the gas station attendant and Mr. Armstrong, willing to press charges against him. A strange ending to a very very strange episode when for once crime did pay and justice was not served!


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