Ironside (1967–1975)
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I, the People 

A notorious TV muckraker, now running for public office, is receiving death threats. Ironside, who can't stand the man or his tactics, is forced to investigate.


Barry Shear


Collier Young (created by), Milton Berle | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Robert T. Ironside
Milton Berle ... Ross Howard
Dane Clark ... Phil Manning
Patricia Barry ... Martha Webb
Don Galloway ... Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson ... Officer Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell ... Mark Sanger
Julie Adams ... Norma Howard
George Murdock ... Capt. Walter Finch
Abraham Sofaer ... Maharishi Rahbu
Parley Baer ... Commander Stevens
Gene Lyons ... Commissioner Dennis Randall
William Keene ... Professor
Jason Wingreen ... Man
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Woman


A notorious TV muckraker, now running for public office, is receiving death threats. Ironside, who can't stand the man or his tactics, is forced to investigate.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

31 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the first three words of the Preamble to the United States Constitution, "We the people..." The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. See more »

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My entire life was a lie! I hurt instead of helped people!
23 July 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Milton Berle is TV's "The People's Voice" shock talk show host Ross Howard who's Job is to dig up dirt and exposed those who are a threat to the well being and morality of the American people. Like the late Morton Downey Jr. who in real life imitated him ten years later Ross despite his wholesome American pie image is about the sleaziest and most immoral person that he ever exposed on his show. It when Ross tried to take down Chief Robert T. Ironside's, Raymond Burr, good friend and fellow cop SFDP Captain Walter Finch, George Murdock, that his background that he so successfully hid from the public all came out in the wash or in his dirty laundry.

Planning to run for state senator Ross uses every underhanded tactic to get the public to support and vote for him in the upcoming November Elections. Going so far as to evoke sympathy for himself by making as if the enemies of America, whoever they are, are trying to knock him off. That in order of getting voted into office and going to Washington D.C as California newly elected senator. But when Ross starts to put the screws on Captain Finch in a 20 year old wife beating complaint that was found to be bogus is when Ironside in turn put the screws on him! And came up with a load of phony accomplishments lies and crimes, including murder, that put a sudden end to his reign of terror and false intimidation of people as well well as him having a total and complete meltdown on his talk show!

***SPOILERS*** It was when Ross' estranged wife Norma, Julie Adams, threatened to expose his "splendid" war record where he was awarded a silver star in single handedly storming a pill box and wiping out an entire North Korean machine gun nest that he planned to shut her up and shut Norma up permanently. Having his car blown up with Norma in it was to make the public feel sympathy for him so he thought. But it was Chief Ironside with the help of one of Ross's staff, who was blackmailing him, writer Phil Manning, Dane Clark, who put an end to his high flying plans for the future. And the fact that Ross just couldn't help himself in degrading Captain Finch on his live TV show put an end to him his career, both on TV & politics, as well as freedom just as well.

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