"This is the city. Los Angeles, California.
It's a good place to live. We try to keep it that way.
It's a full-time job.
Every sixty seconds, a crime is committed in Los Angeles.
In the Los Angeles Police Department's Communications Center, the telephone rings every twenty seconds, twenty-four hours a day.
Of the three million people who live in Los Angeles, 35,000 of them are known rapists, murderers, and thieves.
They outnumber the police force seven to one.
Every time a policeman answers a call, he takes a calculated risk.
There'll always be somebody out there who doesn't like him...
and who might have a gun.
That's where I come in.
I carry a badge."
This week's pan-and-zoom is cut with footage that looks like part of the opening credits for Adam-12.
HOLD THE PAPER
...no, that's not right.
Oh-oh. It's the episode when the long-suffering Officer Dave gets gut-shot by some thugs.
Oh no! Officer Dave!
Cling to life on that backlot!
They always try to stock the druggist's but it's still so spare.
It's the familiar waving-at-the-guy-as-we-drive-back-to-PAB sequence:
Sitting on a table in front of a set of LA phone books...
HOLD THE PHONE
Central receiving - same footage as when we took Blue Boy in.
You know it's the interior of the hospital and not Parker Center because everything typically green is pink:
Poor Officer Dave. He gets a pretty nurse, though.
SERIOUSLY THERE IS A WEIRD MURAL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS WINDOW
OK - it's time to play Draw A Picture of a bum that gut shot Officer Dave.
Doing some paperwork.
That's actually a pretty nice shot of the bauhaus-modern-looking CRH, isn't it, Officer Dave?
Is that an Emeco 111 side chair, back there?
We just sat down and it's time for another pan of the PAB exterior.
Jack Webb is (in a small way) famous for repping for LA.
He uses some establishing shots of the LA Memorial Coliseum.
He meets the guy that will give him a tip - but he could be anybody!
They meet in the center of the field in the same fashion as car-hop waitresses answer your questions and old timers sit on park benches.
Waitaminute! That's the guy that held up Rachelle Candies!
How'd he get back from San Quentin so fast?!
HOLD THE PHONE
Thanks for the assist, Bert Holland!
GET READY YOU GUYS
JOE'S GOING TO KICK IN THE DOOR
"Flinch and you'll be chasing your head down Fifth Street."
How much do you wanna bet that the camera operator crapped his pants?
C'mon, at least once.
Who knows how many takes it really took to get it just right.
Rousting baddies. It's what you gotta do.
A sawed-off shot gun with a spoon for a handle so you can lock it into the armpit of your coat, swing it out, and then shoot Officer Dave.
Shame on that! I love Officer Dave.
Well, anyway, let's take them downtown.
Pan around the PAB some more, like we do...every episode...
Joe talks to them but they just won't confess!
They show them a patched-up Officer Dave, and, although Dave can't remember them, they remember him. And now they're in for it.
WE'RE IN FOR IT, YOU GUYS.
AM I A CLOWN? AM I HERE TO AMUSE YOU?
Are you sure Dick Miller isn't doubling as Joe Pesci?
He looks just like him from Goodfellas.
Now serving their sentences in the state prison, San Quentin, California.
AND THAT'S WHY YOU DON'T SHOOT OFFICER DAVE.
Don Marshall as Officer Dave Roberts
Art Balinger as Captain Brown
Hal Baylor as Roger Kensington
Dick Miller as Harry Johnson
Alfred Shelly as Sergeant Al Vietti
David Bond as Virgil Hicks
Harry Bartell as Dr. Anderson
Dick Whittinghill as Clerk
Bert Holland as Carl Wilson
Howard Culver as Pete Stuart
Writer - David Vowell
Art Direction - Russell Kimball
Set Decor - John McCarthy & Ralph Sylos
Aired 30 March 1967
The Beatles were recording "With A Little Help From My Friends" - seems accurate.
They also shot the familiar cover for Sgt. Pepper's.
Here's a link to the Peanuts strip that appeared in the paper that day.