Police Story (1973–1987)
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World Full of Hurt 

Juvenile officers Craig and Prescott deal with runaways, delinquents, and Prescott's own troubled home life.


Barry Crane


Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Sean Baine | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Burke ... Matt Prescott
James Gregory ... Tom Herrschafft
Susan Oliver ... Rina Prescott
Diane McBain ... Mrs. Thompson
Gale Sondergaard ... Marge White
Nancy Wilson ... Kelly Craig
Tamu Blackwell Tamu Blackwell ... Lisa Booker (as Tamu)
Frank Marth ... Lieutenant Barney Davis
Wanda Hendrix ... Sandra
Stanley Bennett Clay ... Doggie (as Stanley Clay)
Arline Anderson Arline Anderson ... Gladys Anderson
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... The Clerk
Ralph James Ralph James ... Trick
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Kevin Prescott
Cindy Henderson Cindy Henderson ... Cheryl Prescott


Juvenile officers Craig and Prescott deal with runaways, delinquents, and Prescott's own troubled home life.

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Release Date:

8 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Gregory's character is retiring after 30 years of service and comments he wanted to retire before being put out to pasture. Gregory was born in 1911, making him about 63. As of 1992, the LAPD did not have a mandatory retirement age of for officers, at age 65 service was at the LAPD's discretion and they were reviewed annually. As of 2007, the LAPD had 18 officers over age 65 and one over age 70. See more »

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Addressing the marital problems with are inevitable with some cops....
30 September 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with Detective Craig (Nancy Wilson--the Jazz singer!) bidding her partner (James Gregory) goodbye, as he's retiring from the force. Soon she has a new partner (Paul Burke)...a man who's having a lot of marital difficulties. Can they manage to remain professionals and be effective Juvenile officers?

While I have never seen statistics, I have to believe that police officers tend to have more marital problems than the average person. After all, the hours often stink and the dangers and stress associated with the job have to take a toll on the marriage. Fortunately, unlike most cop shows "Police Story" actually talked about this from time to time....and this one is unique because the marital discord pushed one detective towards his female partner...and to make it more interesting, she's black and he's white.

Overall, this is yet another well made and interesting episode of one of the best cop shows ever. Well worth seeing...and it's well worth buying seasons one and two which are now out on DVD.

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