Ironside (1967–1975)
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Eat, Drink and Be Buried 

A fabulously successful advice columnist escapes serious injury from abduction, poisoning, and gunshots. Ironside sets out to find the person responsible for the writer's brushes with death.


William A. Graham (as William Graham)


Tony Barrett, Collier Young (created by)




Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Robert T. Ironside
Lee Grant ... Francesca Kirby
Farley Granger ... Mitch Kirby
Don Galloway ... Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson ... Officer Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell ... Mark Sanger
Richard Anderson ... Darren Sanford
Joanne Medley Joanne Medley ... Annie Royer
Susanne Benton ... Model
Maria Lennard Maria Lennard ... Doris Keller
Quincy Jones ... Les Appleton


The famous advice columnist Francesca Kirby is kidnapped and pushed into a car by a man dressed in a wetsuit. After a short ride she grabs the steering wheel and turns the car off the road. The man runs away. Next day Francesca calls for chief detective Ironside, who promises to surveil her discreetly. Some days later someone tries to poison her with strychnine without success. Ironside and his team investigate all persons around her, without finding any clues. Several persons, like her husband Mitch Kirby and her sister Doris Keller, hate her, but they are all dependent on her income, so there is no reason for them to kill her. Ironside decides to send police officer Eve Whitfield to Francesca, pretending to be her new secretary, while the ordinary one is at leave. Working undercover gives Eve the opportunity to observe what's going on in Francesca's house. She happens to see Francesca's manager, Vic Durant, leaving the code of the safe in a drawer. When Eve opens the safe, she finds... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

5 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Guest star Richard Anderson appeared in the role of Lt. Steve Drumm in the final season of Raymond Burr's series Perry Mason (1957). See more »


Francesca Kirby: [Commenting on the jazz music] Oh, Quincy Jones. He really turns me on.
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Your crazy you don't know what your talking about!
9 June 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** This turned out to be a real tough case to solve, or hard nut to crack, by special police consultant Robert T. Ironside, Raymond Burr, it all has to do with the attempts on the life of popular San Francisco advice columnist Francesca, or Fran to her friends, Kirby played by the just back to work, after being blacklisted for her so-called anti-government activities, Lee Grant. Someone's out to get Fran and it's not for the advice that she's giving in her columns but for something very personal. Or at least that's what Ironside thinks.

First an attempted kidnapping then someone slipping poison into her martini then an assassination attempt, with a sniper rifle, on the San Francisco docks. It's now become evident that there's someone in the City by the Bay doesn't quite like Fran and who just who that person is it's up to Ironside to find out. Checking out everyone who has it in for Farn, that numbers in the tens of thousands, Ironside comes up with her drunk of a husband Mitch, Farley Granger, who claims that he hasn't had a drop of booze to drink since he was dried out at a local alcohol rehabilitation center in the city about two years ago. Ironside later drops Mitch as a suspect in that he's still too drunk, from his previous life of non stop boozing, to have been able to carry out such a number of complicated attempts on his wife's life without getting himself caught.

****SPOILERS**** Even though the person who was trying to knock off Fran was right in front of him Ironside was totally blind, in how obvious and in his face that person was, to see it. It's later when Ironside checks back in Frans life before she became famous in the world on newspaper columnists that the truth in who's trying to ice Fran hits him right between the eyes. That was just before Ironside himself as well as Fran's trying to stay sober husband Mitch was going to get blown to bits in what was to be the last attempt on Fran's life that Ironside prevented.

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