Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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The Doll 

An expensive doll is abducted for ransom. A man claims he was swindled out of a ticket on the space shuttle. Luger names Barney as a beneficiary in his will.


Noam Pitlik


Tony Sheehan (teleplay by), Jordan Moffet (story by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
Oliver Clark ... Eugene Corbett
Dee Croxton ... Christine Lawson
Philip Bruns ... Elvin Swift
A Martinez ... Joseph Montoya
James Gregory ... Inspector Frank Luger


An expensive doll is abducted for ransom. A man claims he was swindled out of a ticket on the space shuttle. Luger names Barney as a beneficiary in his will.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

26 March 1981 (USA) See more »

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Four D Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Goddard Institute for Space Studies is located at Columbia University in New York City, a research foundation funded by the government agency known as NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It is a research laboratory which analyzes data obtained by overhead satellites. The building in which the Institute is located, also houses Tom's Restaurant made famous by the show Seinfeld (1989) See more »

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Oliver Clark and Philip Bruns
26 July 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Doll" finds distraught doll shop owner Christine Lawson (Dee Croxton) telling Wojo about a stolen doll worth $5000, the kidnapper (A Martinez, second of two) sending her a ransom note with a lock of hair and one shoe! Harris calls around for details: "she's about 1'10, three 1/2 pounds, blonde hair, porcelain complexion, wearing an Austrian wedding gown...nah, she's not in trouble, we just wanna talk to her!" Inspector Luger drops by to keep Barney informed about his will, leaving him assets worth over $200,000, most amused about their present case ("it's okay Barney, big important case you're workin' on...somebody lost their dolly!"). Oliver Clark (fifth of six) plays optician Eugene Corbett, guilty of disorderly conduct at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, after being swindled for a nonexistent ticket aboard the space shuttle. Philip Bruns (third of four) plays Elvin Swift, from the Institute's public relations firm, who admits they may have need for an optician on a future flight. Harris is amazed at the high cost to defend himself against Arnold Ripner's defamation lawsuit, while Barney confirms that he's been subpoenaed to testify...for the plaintiff!

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