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To Kill a Cop

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(NBC, 4/10/1978 and 4/11/1978, 2 Parts, 120 mins each, 4 hours). Police action drama (based on the 1976 novel by Robert Daley) dealing with a maverick chief of detectives with two cop killings and a rash of bank robberies on his hands who is forced to wage war against a backstabbing police commissioner with political ambitions and a black revolutionary leader plotting a police massacre. Emmy Award nominations went to editors Donald R. Rode and Harry Kaye. Joe Don Baker reprised his role in the series “Eischied” that began in the fall of 1979.

Production Companies David Gerber Productions, Columbia Pictures Television. Director Gary Nelson. Executive Producer David Gerber. Producer James H. Brown. Teleplay Ernest Tidyman. Based on the Novel by Robert Daley. Photography Gayne Rescher. Music Lee Holdridge. Editors Donald R. Rode, Harry Kaye. Art Directors Ross Bellah, Ward Preston. Assistant Producer Stanley Neufeld. Costumes Grady Hunt.

Cast Joe Don Baker (Chief Earl Eischied), Louis Gossett Jr. (Everett Walker), Patrick O’Neal (Police Commissioner), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Martin Delahanty), Christine Belford (Agnes Cusack), Eartha Kitt (Paula), George DiCenzo (Captain Cornworth), Julius Harris (Detective Baker), Joyce Van Patten (Betty Eischeid), Ken Swofford (Lieutenant Fitzgerald), Alan Fudge (Ralph O’Connor), Rosey Grier (Albert Hoyt), Diana Muldaur (Florence Kowski), Alan Oppenheimer (Captain Finnerty), Eddie Egan (Chief Ed Palmer), Gene Woodbury (Mark D), Kim Delgado (Butch), Robert Hooks (Capt. Pete Rolfe), Scott Brady (Insp. James Gleason), Nathan George (Charles), Milton Selzer (Myron Klopfman), Ric Mancini (Mike Cusack), Rosalind Miles (Ida), Allen Price (Richie), Joe Maross (District Attorney), David Toma (Louis), Sonny Grosso (Malfitano), Rod Colbin (Chief Emerson), Maxwell Glanville (J.J. Maxwell), Walter Mathews (City editor), Arthur Rosenberg (Lieutenant Pappas), Vernon Weddle (Chief Duncan), Randy Jurgensen (Digillo), James Vickery, Chip McAllister, Justin Lord, Lou Tiaro, Heshimu Cumbuka, Borah Silver, Rochelle Williams, Leon Issacs, Maurice Kowelski, Hetti Lynne Huntes, Bill Deiz, James Veres, James Purcell, Terrence McNally, Fil Formicola, Joe Cirillo, Al White.

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