Ironside (1967–1975)
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Ironside writes a letter of recommendation for a pool hustler who plans to attend college. When the young man changes his mind and agrees to a high-stakes game against a legendary billiards champion, the chief wants to know why.


Abner Biberman


Collier Young (created by), Norman Katkov (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Robert T. Ironside
Jack Albertson ... Money Howard
Michael Christian ... Tim Patterson
Carl Reindel Carl Reindel ... Bobby Patterson
H.M. Wynant ... Phil Vance
Don Galloway ... Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson ... Officer Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell ... Mark Sanger
Robert Ellenstein ... Sidney
Corinne Cole Corinne Cole ... Judy
Bob Hastings ... Ray
Cathleen Cordell ... Salesgirl
Victor Bozeman Victor Bozeman ... Hot Dog Vendor
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Frank
Ross Sherman Ross Sherman ... Traffic Control Officer


Ironside writes a letter of recommendation for a pool hustler who plans to attend college. When the young man changes his mind and agrees to a high-stakes game against a legendary billiards champion, the chief wants to know why.

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Plot Keywords:

pool shark | pool hall | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

5 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Behind the 8th Ball
1 August 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** With Robert T, Iroside, Raymond Burr, writing a letter of recommendation for his young friend reformed car thief and now local pool shark & hustler Tim Patterson, Michael Christian, to get into Carnegie Tex Engineering College the jerk ends up playing a game of pool with the legendary Money Howard, Jack Albertson instead . The games ends with Tim beating, in the biggest upset since Upset beat the great Man O' War in the 1919 Sandford Stakes, Money Howard at his own game. You would think that Tim with no more worlds to conquer in the pool hall hustler racket and now having a bright future in being an electrical engineer, starting pay $12,000.00 a year, for the San Francisco Water & Sewage Department would attend collage and get his degree? Wouldn't you? Nooooo he decides to stay full time in the pool hall and ends up working from his mob up manager Phil Vance, H. M Wynand, who's has his sick and degenerated gambling brother Bobby, Carl Reindel, under his thumb.

It was Bobby who went into debt, $15,0000.00 worth, by having Vance cover his bets against his own brother Tim in the big game against Money Howard whom Tim beat. That in order to get the cash to pay off Tim's previous debt, $2,000,00, to Vance! What a first class jerk! Now to keep big brother Bobby from getting his head arms & legs broken or even worse Tim is forced to have Vance manage him in his pool playing career, forget about collage, until he pays off Bobby new debt to him. Ironside smelling a rat in all this, Tim giving up his acceptance into engineering collage, soon finds out the truth and does everything he can to not only put Tim back on the straight & narrow road to get a collage education but keep Bobby from getting whacked by Vance's thugs!

****SPOILERS**** It's when Bobby screws up again in not leaving town and being put under police protection that Tim decides to give Money Horard a re-match or run for the money in a $25,0000.00 winner take all game which by losing, which he doesn't plan to do, and not being marketable can free him from Vance's control. The rub in all that is if Tim loses Vance's has these two bumbling out of town hit-men ready to whack Bobby as soon as he pops up from his hiding place with their contact and good friend of Bobby Sidney, Robert Ellenstein, putting the finger on him.

Really boring Ironside episode with Robert T. Ironside not all that interested in saving Bobby from his ultimate fate, two bullets between the eyes, but doing it for his brother Tim's sake. As for Vance and the two comical hit-men, who seemed to be in the Ironside episode just for comedy relief, they not Tim or Bobby ended up behind the 8th ball. With them getting arrested for both extortion as well as attempted murder by the time the Ironside episode finally and mercifully ended.

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