Police Story (1973–1987)
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Requiem for an Informer 

Detectives Calabrese and Jameson use a junkie as an informant to find a violent gang of bank robbers.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Sy Salkowitz | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marjoe Gortner ... Stan
Don Meredith ... Officer Bert Jameson
Michael Ansara ... Baldy
Sharon Farrell ... Bobbie
John Larch ... Maury
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tony Calabrese
Scott Brady ... Vinnie
Claudette Nevins ... Ellen Calabrese
Rex Holman ... Don
Kenneth Tobey ... McWalters (as Ken Tobey)
Mews Small ... Shirley (as Marya Small)
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Policeman #1
Mwako Cumbuka ... Willy
James McCallion ... Charlie
Fred Villani Fred Villani ... Driver
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Detectives Calabrese and Jameson use a junkie as an informant to find a violent gang of bank robbers.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two actors in this EP, Mwako Cumbuko who played 'Warren' and Mews Small who played 'Shirley', and had no scenes together, worked again together 2yrs later in the now classic, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Mwako was 'Warren' one of the male orderlies at the mental institution and Mews (billed Marya Small) was 'Candy', one of Jack Nicholson's 'R.P. McMurphy' character's lady friends he sneaks in. See more »

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Highly unusual and quite good.
29 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Requiem for an Informer" is a very unique episode of "Police Story", though I do think the show was poorly named. The show begins with an armed robbery that results in a dead security guard. Naturally, the police are anxious to find the guys responsible but they have few leads. So, they report to squeezing their informants--trying to get them to dig for information. One of the is a junkie named Stan (Marjoe Gortner). He's been arrested but instead of prosecuting, Detectives Calabrese (Tony Lo Bianco) and Jameson (Don Meredith) realize Stan is a 'small fry'--a relatively harmless small-time drug addict. So, they convince Stan to work for them and contact them with any information he learns about on the streets. Oddly, and this is what makes the show interesting is that Detective Calabrese grows fond of Stan and actually cares about him. Eventually, this relationship results is a great lead on the armed robbers. However, and this gets to the poor title of the show, you KNOW Stan must die by the end of the show since the show uses the word 'requiem' in the title--and a requiem is a mass performed in the memory of the dead! Still, a nice episode--and the first really good on in the series.


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