The Blue Knight

The Blue Knight

Director: Robert Butler Cast: David Moody, William Holden, Lee Remick

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Overview

Joseph Wambaugh, the ex-cop turned novelist whose Police Story began its TV run in 1973, was responsible for the like-vintage TV miniseries The Blue Knight. William Holden stars as Bumper Morgan, a 50 year old cop on the verge of mandatory retirement. Morgan's last four days with the LAPD are packed with incident, notably the trackdown of the brutal murderer of a prostitute. Lee Remick plays Morgan's faithful lady friend, who is anxious for her man to retire but who will tolerate no criticism from anyone of the job the police are doing. Emmies went to William Holden, director Robert Butler and editors Marjorie and Gene Fowler Jr., while Lee Remick received an Emmy nomination. The film itself is derivative at times (one chunk of dialogue is lifted bodily from the Jane Fonda vehicle Klute), but otherwise is as realistic a portrayal of police work as TV censors would allow in 1973. Originally telecast in four one-hour installments, Blue Knight was cut to 103 minutes for syndication; a second Blue Knight TV movie, filmed in 1975 and starring George Kennedy as Bumper Morgan, served as the pilot for a short-lived TV series.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2018
UPC: 0888574637057
Original Release: 1973
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 7,517

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Moody Actor
William Holden Bumper Morgan
Lee Remick Cassie Walters
Joe Santos Sergeant Cruz Segovia
Sam Elliott Detective Charlie Bronski
Eileen Brennan Glenda
Vic Tayback Neil Grogan
Anne Archer Laila
Lucille Benson Elmira Gooch
Ja'net DuBois Celia Louise
Mario Roccuzzo Actor
Jamie Farr Yasser Hafiz
Gloria Le Roy Actor
Richard Collier Actor
George DiCenzo Zoot Lafferty
Raymond Guth Actor
John Quade Knobby Booker
Arell Blanton Actor
Helen Boll Actor
Simmy Bow Actor
Don Calfa Actor
Lou Cutell Actor
Alan Fudge Actor
John Furlong Actor
Stan Haze Actor
Howard Hesseman Actor
Randy Kirby Actor
Jon Korkes Actor
Arthur Malet Actor
Karmin Murcelo Actor
Rudy Ramos Actor
Lee Weaver Actor
Jason Wingreen Actor
Richard Wright Actor
Emile G. Meyer Actor
Janit Baldwin Actor
Michael Stearns Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Butler Director
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Walter Coblenz Producer
Tom Ellingwood Makeup
Marjorie Fowler Editor
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
E. Jack Neuman Screenwriter
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Rich Executive Producer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Ronald L. Schwary Asst. Director

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