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W*A*L*T*E*R (1984)

The neurotic but perceptive Walter "Radar" O'Reilly joins the police force after the Korean war.

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Bill Bixby

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Bob Weiskopf (teleplay), Bob Schiller (teleplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Gary Burghoff ... Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Ray Buktenica ... Wendell Micklejohn
Victoria Jackson ... Victoria
Noble Willingham ... Sergeant Sowell
Clete Roberts ... Interviewer
Meeno Peluce ... Elstin
Sam Scarber ... Haskell
Lyman Ward ... Bigelow
Sarah Abrell ... Judith Crane
Larry Cedar ... Zipkin
Francine Gabel Francine Gabel ... Pretty Girl
Victoria Carroll ... Bubbles Sincere
June Berry ... Dixie Devoe Bobby
Bobby Ramsen Bobby Ramsen ... Singer
Dick Miller ... Theater Owner
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After Walter "Radar" O'Reilly returns home from Korea, he joins the local police force. His adventures include tracking his stolen wallet, breaking up a fight between two strippers, and helping out a homeless boy. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Me in St. Louis, Walter See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Set in St. Louis, Missouri in 1954. See more »

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Spun-off from AfterMASH (1983) See more »

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Worth seeing once....and only once.
6 December 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"W*A*L*T*E*R" was a painfully misguided spin off from "M*A*S*H"--as was "After M*A*S*H". The big difference is that "W*A*L*T*E*R" only lasted one episode and was apparently only shown to half the United States. I don't think they bothered showing it to everyone because they realized they had a bad idea in the pilot.

So what is so bad about the pilot? Well, they made the character pathetic and sad--and this is supposed to be a comedy! And, to top it off it had a VERY obtrusive laugh-track--one that OFTEN was used during the saddest and most awful moments in the show. Let me give you a few examples--all of which you learn about through flashbacks. First, Walter loses his farm (ha, ha, ha). Next, he gets married and his bride disappears--running off with another man (ha, ha, ha). And, finally, he goes into a pharmacy to get some drugs so he can commit suicide (he, he, he). Whose idea of funny was this? Was the show written by a serial killer?! Now I am NOT saying you shouldn't watch it--heck it's only 25 lost minutes in your life. But I am saying that I can see exactly why the network didn't pick it up--the show was maudlin. But, if you like the idea of Radar as a cop (talk about miscasting) and want to see Victoria Jackson before she was a regular on "Saturday Night Live", then by all means give it a shot. Just don't say I didn't warn you!


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