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The Invasion of Kevin Ireland 

The firm defends Kevin Ireland, who admits trashing the office of a private background investigator whose reports, based on erroneous information, cost Ireland his employment and his marriage.


Alexander Singer


Roy Huggins (creator) (as John Thomas James), Jack B. Sowards (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Burl Ives ... Walter Nichols
Joseph Campanella ... Brian Darrell
James Farentino ... Neil Darrell
Darren McGavin ... Kevin Ireland
Kathie Browne ... Maggie Ireland
Dana Elcar ... Gale
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Mr. Cox (as Pat Harrington)
Martin Ashe Martin Ashe ... Judge
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Mr. Allen
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Deputy D.A. Jeff Skinner
Judith Garwood Judith Garwood ... Carter's Secretary
Lyn Guild ... Miss Jackson
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Fred Carter (as John Ragin)


Kevin Ireland loses his executive position suddenly. He has such a renowned reputation that it should be easy for him to find another high-paying position. His (trophy) wife is loyal and supportive. He keeps getting verbals offers but then the jobs fall through. I don't remember if he hired the lawyers to help him find out why. Eventually he learns that there is a mistake in the record that makes it look like he is a criminal. He ends up living in a hovel with roaches. His wife leaves him after having had one-too-many encounters with roaches. He eventually find out the cause after his life is destroyed. The result was a law that requires background checking to notify a candidate with a contingent-upon-successful-background check job offer to find out why they weren't hired if it's because of a blemish on their record. At least then a potential hire can clear up any mistakes on their record. Written by farmkittie

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26 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Statement prior to the closing credits: On April 25, 1971, (the U.S.) Congress enacted legislation which gives every American the right to know the nature and substance of all personal information concerning him that has been compiled by a private company and to contest and correct any errors he might find in that information. These companies, however, retain the right to investigate any area of a person's private life, relevant to their purposes or not. See more »

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A Memorable TV Episode
17 January 2007 | by Brian14LeonardSee all my reviews

There are very few individual episodes of TV shows from this era that I remember, but this one stands out: an absolutely brilliant and chilling story of how an error in a man's credit history ruins his life. I haven't seen this for 35 years, but I can still remember the great performances of Burl Ives and Darren McGavin and the very realistic, very frightening ending. This was way ahead of its time and is probably even more relevant in 2007 than it was in 1971. Alexander Singer won an Emmy for directing this episode, and the writers were nominated for the WGA award. The Bold Ones itself was an excellent series--I wish it were available on video.

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