Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
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Starsky arranges to be committed to a mental asylum where Hutch has been planted as a male nurse. They are investigating why this particular hospital has such a high fatality rate

Director:

Earl Bellamy

Writers:

William Blinn (creator), Anthony Yerkovich
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Soul ... Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Paul Michael Glaser ... Det. Dave Starsky
Antonio Fargas ... Huggy Bear (credit only)
Bernie Hamilton ... Capt. Harold Dobey (credit only)
Suzanne Somers ... Jane Hutton
Joey Forman ... Freddie Lyle / Sam Spade
Leon Charles Leon Charles ... Dr. Matwick
Fran Ryan ... Miss Bycroft
Otis Day ... Jackson (as DeWayne Jessie)
Blackie Dammett ... Charlie Deek
Ned York Ned York ... Switek
Sam DeFazio Sam DeFazio ... Victor
H.B. Haggerty ... Bo
Robert Ball ... Howard (as Robert E. Ball)
Vincent Schiavelli ... Weeze
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Starsky arranges to be committed to a mental asylum where Hutch has been planted as a male nurse. They are investigating why this particular hospital has such a high fatality rate

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The movie that Starsky is telling Hutch their situation reminds him of is Shock Corridor (1963) (1963) starring Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes and Philip Ahn. See more »

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Top right corner when Miss Bycroft answers phone. See more »

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Spoofs Shock Corridor (1963) See more »

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Death Trap At The Laughing Academy
3 March 2015 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Police detective David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) goes undercover as a mental patient at a state-run asylum where a suspicious number of inmates wind up dead in an equally suspicious space of time. His partner detective Ken Hutchinson (David Soul) infiltrates the same place as an orderly which tells you who drew the short straw.

The situation allows Hutch to have some fun thinking about whether he'll decide to just leave Starsky there. From their first meeting and after years working together each is convinced that the other is a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Their colleagues on the force don't necessarily disagree.

In the mix is ambulance chasing reporter Jane Hutton (Suzanne Somers) also undercover as an inmate. In there too is a real inmate who has an unresolved issue with our two heroes. The mystery unravels a little too quickly and too neatly. But the tour de force suspense of the conclusion makes up for a lot.

Suzanne Somers is to women what Velveeta is to cheese. Casting her in the role of a journalist was the ceiling of absurdity on a show that hit it many times. She was born to play a flighty airhead. I can think of any number of actresses who would have been more convincing and appealing. But my opinion is the minority view. North American audiences loved her. The ratings of each of her hit series prove that in the only way that matters.

If you noticed a similarity in the theme music in season 3 episodes of this show to Mission: Impossible you aren't the only one. The only theme that properly captured the substance of the show was in season 4.


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English

Release Date:

8 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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