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Deadlock

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(NBC, 2/22/1969, 120 mins). In this pilot for “The Protectors,” the single season (1969-70) cop element of “The Bold Ones” series, the conflict between a white police officer and a black DA is established after violence flares in the ghetto when a black youth is killed by a cop and a white newspaperman covering the story is then murdered. Leslie Nielsen, one of the busiest actors in television, and Hari Rhodes, who later changed his first name to Harry, continued opposing each other, despite a grudging respect, in the series.

Production Company Universal Television. Director Lamont Johnson. Producer William Sackheim. Teleplay Chester Krumholz, Robert E. Thompson, William Sackheim. Based on a Story by Roland Wolpert, William Sackheim. Photography Vilis Lapenieks. Music Stanley Wilson. Song “Even When You Cry” by Stanley Wilson. Song performed by Blossoms. Editor Edward M. Abroms. Art Director John T. McCormack. Associate Producer Mort Zarcoff.

Cast Leslie Nielsen (Lt. Sam Danforth), Hari Rhodes (Leslie Washburn), Aldo Ray (Edward Logan), Ruby Dee (Lucinda), Beverly Todd (Melissa), Max Julien (Coley Walker), Dana Elcar (George Stack), Mel Stewart (Gamel), Roger Bowen (Ski), James McEachin (Noah), Fred Williamson, Walter Reed, Charles Lampkin.

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