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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Chopper One' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'Chopper One':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

January 17, 1974: Pilot
Season 1, episode 1
W: Ronald Austin, James D. Buchanan   D: Harry Falk

With Richard X. Slattery (Sergeant), Arch Johnson (Motorcycle Cop), Skye Aubrey (Hostage), Hank Brandt, Jesse Vint.
Debut of a series starring Jim McMullan and Dirk Benedict about policemen who combat crime from a helicopter. In the first show, they check out a robbery at a downtown hotel, a 14-story structure.

January 24, 1974: Strain Of Innocence
Season 1, episode 2
W: Robert I. Holt   D: E.W. Swackhamer

With James Luisi (Eddie), James Daughton (Phil Collins), Laurie Prange (Janie Hall), Dabbs Greer (Motel Manager), Rosanne Katon (Cashier).
A pregnant girl whom Don has befriended, who is being held in a holdup, goes into labor and gives birth as the helicopter rushes her to the hospital.

January 31, 1974: The Bust-Out
Season 1, episode 3
W: Don Balluck   D: Phil Bondelli

With Eddie Firestone, Victor Argo, Antony Carbone, Michael Ansara, Vince Howard (Officer), Jackie Russell.
The chopper is commandeered at gunpoint when Gil and Don answer an emergency call.

February 7, 1974: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Season 1, episode 4
W: Sy Salkowitz   D: Bruce Bilson

With Dave Morick, Lawrence Montaigne, Mitzi Hoag (Mother), Michael-James Wixted (David).
An invalid ham radio operator disrupts the department with false emergency calls.

February 14, 1974: The Informer
Season 1, episode 5
W: Jon Sevorg   D: Phil Bondelli

With Patricia Smith (Jean Nolan), Mark Lenard (Dugan), Robert Phillips, Dick Van Patten (Arnie Nolan), Anthony Eisley, Charles Picerni.
A former employee of an underworld czar is taken into hiding by Gil and Don to protect his testimony.

February 21, 1974: The Drop
Season 1, episode 6
W: Don Balluck   D: Phil Bondelli

With William Windom (Marklund), Jamie Smith-Jackson (Jennifer), Lew Brown (Detective Saunders), John Quade (Brandt), Ross Elliott (Dr. Doyle).
The teenage daughter of a wealthy doctor is abducted and taken to a mountain hideway by the father of a patient of the doctor's who died. Instead of dropping ransom money as ordered, Don parachutes in to hunt for the girl.

February 28, 1974: Ambush
Season 1, episode 7
W: Ronald Austin, James D. Buchanan   D: E.W. Swackhamer

With Austin Stoker (Sgt. Anderson), William Lucking (Deetzer), Allan Arbus (Tim Seeley), Taylor Lacher (Officer Hancock), John Mark Robinson (Maury Farrell).
Officers Foley and Burdick are menaced by rooftop snipers when a gunman sets out to avenge his brother's death.

March 7, 1974: The Copperhead
Season 1, episode 8
W: Dan Ullman   D: Phil Bondelli

With Brian Culhane, Christopher Stone (Larry), Edward Binns (Lew Simons), Ford Rainey (Charlie Horn).
A veteran police sergeant is suspected of selling confiscated guns.

March 14, 1974: Killing Time
Season 1, episode 9
W: John T. Dugan   D: Richard Newton

With Norman Alden (Fleck), Danna Hansen (Ruth), Frank Marth (Sanford), Lloyd Bochner (Pike), Philip Chapin (Bremmer).
Mitch's wife is kidnapped by syndicate gunmen planning to assassinate an anti-crime crusader who is running for governor.

March 21, 1974: Deadly Carrier
Season 1, episode 10
W: Ronald Austin, James D. Buchanan   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With France Nuyen (Rita Chu), Tony Young (Frank Connor), Harry Lauter (Chapman), Penny Fuller (Dr. Laura Burnett), Kim Hamilton (Nurse).
An illegal alien suspected of carrying typhoid fever is the object of a search by officers Foley and Burdick.

March 28, 1974: The Scramble
Season 1, episode 11
W: Don Balluck   D: Seymour Robbie

With Ralph Garrett (Officer Hadley), Jennifer Shaw (Ginger), Joe Hooker.
Clues to a series of market robberies are found at a scramble when Officer Foley goes undercover as a bike racer.

April 4, 1974: The Hijacking
Season 1, episode 12
W: Robert I. Holt   D: John Peyser

With Nick Nolte (Bob), Art Lund (Travers), Darleen Carr (Rissa), George Sawaya.
Officers Burdick and Foley search for mobsters who hijacked a gasoline fuel truck.

April 11, 1974: Downtime
Season 1, episode 13
W: Ronald Austin, James D. Buchanan   D: Richard Newton

With Kenneth Tobey (Sgt. Reardon), William Watson (Peter Link), Dub Taylor (Rudy).
Thinking that they will be able to relax while their chopper is undergoing repairs, Burdick and Foley find that they must race the clock to locate an extortionist before a bomb which he planted in a downtown building goes off. (Last show of the series.)


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