Ironside (1967–1975)
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The Priest Killer 

A police chief who is confined to a wheelchair and a former cop who is now a priest team up to discover who has been committing a series of murders of local priests.


Richard A. Colla


Collier Young (created by), Robert Van Scoyk (teleplay) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Robert T. Ironside
George Kennedy ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
Don Galloway ... Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Don Mitchell ... Mark Sanger
Anthony Zerbe ... Vincent Wiertel
Louise Latham ... Martha Gordon
David Huddleston ... Harrison Davis
Ned Romero ... Monsignor
Robert Sampson ... Father Dennis McMurtry
Ann Doran ... Harriet Miles
Kermit Murdock ... Publisher
Peter Brocco ... Father Miles
Allison McKay ... Woman
Regis Cordic ... Archbishop (as Regis J. Cordic)
Charles Seel ... Sacristan


A police chief who is confined to a wheelchair and a former cop who is now a priest team up to discover who has been committing a series of murders of local priests.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

14 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This show, which led into the opener for the short-lived "Sarge" series, is the only "Ironside" between the pilot and "The Return of Ironside" follow-up film to be shown separately as a TV-movie. See more »


Spin-off Sarge (1971) See more »

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The movie "The Priest Killer", provided the beginning for an excellent detective/mystery TV series named "Sarge".
15 May 2015 | by starmax-98718See all my reviews

The TV series, "Sarge" was one of my favorite shows. With the main role starring George Kennedy as a cop turned priest, it came with a terrific supporting cast, a well put together storyline, intriguing mystery, danger, suspense, character, feeling, and even humor. This series had all the makings of what should have been a long running classic. Before it had really come into it's own, it was placed against 2 hugely successful time slots for Hawaii 5-O and Movie of the Week. It's loss from the screen had nothing to do with the quality or believability of the show as one TV critic stated. The show had a solid following and many disappointed fans when it ended. I would LOVE to see this series again, especially if it were available on a set of DVDs with each season on a single DVD (not multi-layered). I recently purchased another great detective mystery set that was packaged in such a way and it has been a perfect addition to our collection. The multi-layered set of the same was not well received and had LOTS of problems.

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