Ironside (1967–1975)
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A Matter of Love and Death 

A young woman is found dead from internal bleeding after an abortion. Using previous cases and clues provided by Ironside, Eve goes undercover to track down an abortionist who has had several other patients die.


Jeannot Szwarc


Collier Young (created by), Jeannot Szwarc




Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Robert T. Ironside
Don Galloway ... Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson ... Officer Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell ... Mark Sanger
Bettye Ackerman ... Dr. Pat Manners
Patrick Tovatt Patrick Tovatt ... Stanford Chase
Susan Howard ... Jo Lyons
Connie Kreski Connie Kreski ... Arlene Dodd
Pamela McMyler ... Helen Stroud
Charlene Jones Charlene Jones ... Lana Howes
Barbara Shannon Barbara Shannon ... Betty Ross
Lillian Adams ... Lois Ballingster


A young woman is found dead from internal bleeding after an abortion. Using previous cases and clues provided by Ironside, Eve goes undercover to track down an abortionist who has had several other patients die.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

3 April 1969 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ironside is discussing someone's employment history with Dr. Manners, a close-up of the page he is reading from contains a typo. It reads, "Hired a new secretary, B. Rhodes, in June 1965, she left in July, 1961." It should have been 1967. Whoever typed it must have misread a handwritten 7 for a 1. See more »

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For a momentary mistake you shouldn't pay with your life
19 August 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Cheigf Robert T. Ironside, Raymond Burr,m takes on the subject of illegal abortions here and uses his assistant Officer Eve Whitfield, Barbara Anderson, who's more then happy to get the assignment as an undercover young woman who's looking to get an illegal abortion. It was when the out of town and desperate young lady Arlene Dobbs, Connie Kreski,was found in a local park bleeding to death her condition was discovered to be that of a back alley abortion. With Chief Ironside determined to catch who was responsible for Arlene's death or murder he checks out all the hotel's that women, only single women, stay at feeling that was Arlene's last residence.

It's Officer Whitfied posing as single and pregnant Laura white who checks into the Vermont Hotel for single women who soon discovers that's the place where the victims, four of them, of these illegal abortions last resided at. Meanwhile Chief Ironside & Det.Sgt. Ed Brown, track down the person who got Arlene pregnant real estate agent Stanford Chase,Pat Tovatt, who's now in hot water not just for knocking her up but not trying to get her help in taking care of Arlene and her soon to be born child. Which had a desperate and confused Arlene Dobbs get the back alley abortion that eventually took her life.

****SPOILERS**** It's when the undercover Officer Whitfield was just about to get an abortion, that in fact she didn't need, the truth came out to who was the person who was not just aborting but murdering the young ladies at the Vermont Hotel. And before the abortionist was about to work on her both Chief Ironside and Det. Sgt. Brown by getting the single from Whitfield, in breaking a window, sprung to her rescue together with a squad of San Francisco policemen. It was too late for Arlene Dobbs but in cracking the abortion ring that ended up killing her many future Arlene Dobbs were spared the ordeal and suffering, As well as death, that she went through. And with abortion being made legal, by the landmark Supreme Court decision of Row vs Wade, in all 50 states four years later in 1973 illegal and back alley abortions were to gladly become a thing of the past.

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