Sunday, August 8, 2010

TV FLASHBACK : POLICE WOMAN : THE PAWN SHOP .. 1976

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Presents

POLICE WOMAN
Starring 
ANGIE DICKINSON as Sgt Suzanne PEPPER Anderson 
EARL HOLLIMAN as Lt Bill Crowley 
ED BERNARD as Det Joe Styles 
CHARLES DIERKOP as Det Pete Royster 
VAL BISOGLIO as Lt Paul Marsh 
' THE PAWN SHOP ' 
Guests..
JOAN COLLINS as Prudence Clark 
ANGIE with Earl Holliman, Ed Bernard and Charles Dierkop
DIANE BAKER as Cynthia Lambert 
HAL ENGLAND as Ellis 
ALEX COLON as Rafe Pecora 
CHRIS HUBBELL as Bobby Erdman 
TOMMY CASTRONOVA as Tommy Court 

Joan as the glamorous PRUDENCE CLARK
With sixteen burglaries in Lambert Hills in one year, it's time to call on the services of Pepper and Bill, causing Pepper to postpone her much looked forwarded to trip to South America! A professional gang of thieves, infiltrating rich houses by offering their services as caterers, are ripping off the houses and passing on the stolen items through various pawnshops... The department decides to set up their own shop and install closed circuit TV, so that they can watch for the gang if they try to pass on any of the hot goods! Prudence Clark (Joan) an over the hill actress is the latest victim, who just happens to be at home when the burglars call, ends up with a black eye.. But she takes a shine to Bill Crowley and offers to help trap the gang led by hard nosed Cynthia Lambert (Diane).. So if you fancy a spot of fencing, make sure you don't visit this Pawnshop!! 

DIANE BAKER
The legendary Angie Dickinson stars in this classic 70's groundbreaking series as the glamorous but tough Suzanne Anderson, or Pepper as she is known to her friends and associates! Not only was Angie the first actress to play a starring role in a cop show , her character was also a Sargent, usually a men only role.. Sgt Anderson worked as an undercover agent for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the LAPD.. Her sidekick and boss was the handsome and charismatic Lt Bill Crowley (Holliman).. The series began as a spin-off from the popular "Police Story" series of gritty tv-movies..it quickly became a ratings hit and ran for four seasons from 1974 to 1978.. Joan appeared in two episodes, although her second episode was a two parter.. Both were screened the same year.. "The Pawn Shop" shown in January 1976 as part of the second season, while "The Trick Book" was shown in September 76 as the third season opener. Although it was a two part episode, Joan was not in many scenes, probably the equivalent of a single episode..will feature this episode tomorrow... 
PRUDENCE and Bill in sparkling form!
In "The Pawn Shop", Joan plays a glamorous actress, who has reached the stage where the phone has stopped ringing, but she tries to keep up the appearance that she still is in the game! Joan is in sparkling form in this episode and is good fun, with the always reliable Diane Baker as a bitch of the head of a burglary ring.. Another excellent episode of a an always watchable series...

 

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