Following my mention last week of the 1974-1975 TV program Amy Prentiss, one of the less-well-remembered segments of the classic NBC Mystery Movie “wheel series,” several Rap Sheet readers wrote to me, inquiring whether I knew anything more about that show. I’m sorry to say I don’t, really. I clearly remember watching all three episodes of that Ironside spin-off, plus the pilot, but I do not have any of them on tape or DVD.
However, in digging through my files earlier this week, I came across a time-yellowed newspaper clipping from the Portland Oregonian in which star Jessica Walter talks with Francis Murphy, then the broadsheet’s TV columnist, about winning her small-screen role as the San Francisco Police Department’s first woman chief of detectives. I’m only guessing, based on the fact that this article mentions the Amy Prentiss pilot in the past tense (it was broadcast on May 23, 1974) and alludes to a Hawaii Five-O episode to “be shown this fall,” that it was published sometime during the summer of ’74. (Unfortunately, I was too young at the time I scissored this out of Oregon’s largest daily paper to realize that it might be useful someday to have written the date on it!)
For anyone who’s interested, the Murphy column is featured on the left. Simply click on the image to enlarge and read it.