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ADAM-12 - The most successful of producer Jack Webb's non-Dragnet TV projects. The weekly, half-hour Adam-12 police series was a realistic look at the "working cop." Not long after the show started, officers began noticing that people were approaching them differently. Adam-12 allowed the public to see the police as human beings. Kent McCord credits co-creator, Robert A. Cinader for the show's realism.

Each episode dealt with a typical day in the lives of two uniformed policemen, assigned to a patrol car in the streets of Los Angeles. Martin Milner portrayed Officer Peter Joseph Malloy, a seasoned
veteran who in the first episode was teamed with probationary rookie cop, Officer James A. Reed, played by Kent McCord. A few rocky moments in the beginning, the relationship between Malloy and Reed always remained on an equal basis, with Reed benefiting from Malloy's casual expertise and experience.
 
The show portrayed the professionalism of the officers and the LAPD. The police vehicles were also central characters on Adam-12 and the black and white units also became stars. The theme of Adam 12 had a military style while portraying a sense of contemporary action. Reversing the usual TV cop cliché with the younger officer, Jim Reed married to wife Jean, (played by Mikki Jamison and later by Kristin Harmon Nelson), while senior officer, Pete Malloy was a freewheeling bachelor.

Sent to their assignments by a never-seen police dispatcher (voice provided by Shaaron Snead), whose repeated "1 Adam 12 - 1 Adam 12" became the series' most familiar catch phrase. Reed and Malloy handled calls ranging from the hilarious to the horrendous. Over the years their colleagues included Sgt. MacDonald (William Boyett), Officer Ed Wells (Gary Crosby), Officer Jerry [Bill, Lou] Walters (William Stevens), Officer Grant (William Elliott II), Officer Jerry Woods (Fred Stromsoe), and Officer Brinkman [also as Officer Green], both played (in different seasons) by Universal Studios contract actor, Claude Johnson.

Beginning with the third season, Jim Reed is no longer a rookie but a full-fledged officer; and at the outset of season four, Pete Malloy is promoted to policeman three, one rank below sergeant.

Episode Guide and Air Dates: CLICK HERE
 

Adam-12 premiered Saturday nights at 7:30 pm. Original Primetime TV Schedule listed below:

  • September 1968 - September 1969, Saturday 7:30PM - 8:00PM
  • September 1969 - January 1971, Saturday 8:30PM - 9:00PM
  • January 1971 - September 1971, Thursday 9:30PM - 10:00PM (Parents protested this time slot)
  • September 1971 - January 1974, Wednesday 8:00 - 8:30PM
  • January 1974 - May 1975, Tuesday 8:00 - 8:30PM

Adam-12 was rated 92nd of the top 100 series programs ever produced until 1980. In its seven seasons, it ranked #12 in 1970, #8 in 1971, and #11 in 1972. Adam-12 was named best drama program in 1970 and 1971 by the Quigley Champion Awards. In September 2013, Adam-12 celebrated its 45th Anniversary.

Jack Webb demanded authenticity in the show, actual dispatch procedures were used as well as an LAPD dispatcher, actual LAPD stations and authentic police vehicles, uniforms and badges were depicted in the series. During the era, LAPD officers were required to wear their hats in the police cars. The actors tried, but the shiny brims reflected the camera lights. To solve the problem, in the first episode, the writers have Malloy tell Reed, "Hats in the back. These roofs are too low." That change was the only major dramatic license Adam-12 took throughout the series. Adam-12 even used the official LAPD call sign of "KMA-367" for its police radio depictions.

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UNIVERSAL TOUR & ADAM-12 STAGE SHOW

THE TOUR & ADAM-12 STAGE 70 SHOW
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n the 1970's, the Universal Studios Tour included stage shows. Audience members were chosen to act in scenes from the television show, "Adam-12." The scenes were filmed, edited and then played back at the end of the show. Guests could also purchase a copy of the film. Above Video: Flashback to the 70's! Enjoy a quick Studio Tram tour and The ADAM-12 Stage Show.
 

Adam-12 as "Nashville Beat" in 1989. Kent McCord was behind this project. The movie (Pilot) aired on the now defunct TNN Network and was not picked up for series. Watch Now! Starring Kent McCord and Martin Milner.

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ADAM-12
Created and Produced by: Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader
Mark VII Limited and Universal Television
on the
NBC Television Network

ADAM-12 First Episode (THE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION):

After his young partner is killed in a gun battle three weeks earlier, 7-year Veteran Patrol Officer Pete Malloy, bitter & disillusioned, is scheduled to resign at end of watch. Malloy is teamed with an over-eager rookie partner, Jim Reed. Officer Malloy feeling responsible for his new partner after the shift, is determined to keep
his new partner safe and alive. Contrary to popular belief, NO real police officers were ever used as extras in the filming of Adam-12. Watch the first episode on Hulu! (refresh browser if video does not appear)

KentMcCord.com: Jack Webb, Director of the Adam 12 Pilot didn't like the reflections on the windshield. The crew took the windshield out but their hair was blowing. The crew quickly built a shield to
place over the top of the car and the windshield put back. A permanent "tow car" shield was built for the show and used for all 7 seasons. There was also a problem with the sound that occurred during the Pilot. The interior sound malfunctioned and it is noticeable when watching the Pilot that their voices sound higher than normal at times. (Read the full story at KentMcCord.com)


 

THE BEGINNING: ON LOCATION & THE 'DRAGNET' SOUND STAGE

 

PIC 1: Pilot: The '67 Belvedere ready for the tow-rig. NOTE: Only ONE camera is used for the Pilot which meant they had to retake each shot for close-ups.

PIC 2: Jack Webb and Sound man John Erlinger crouch down in the backseat of the tow-car. Jack reads the dispatcher dialogue to the actors in this episode.

PIC 3: Jack (seen in the backseat) gives Marty and Kent final directions before filming begins in the tow-car.




1. Jack Webb Directing the Pilot (1st episode) with Martin Milner and Kent McCord on location at a liquor store in North Hollywood. Most of the police units
in the pilot episode were authentic LAPD vehicles borrowed to film the pilot. 

2. On location at Encino Park, however, NO real officers were used as extras.  NOTE: Only one camera was used to film the Pilot episode, which meant they had to do scenes over and over for close-up shots of the actors inthe tow-car scenes. The series would use three cameras mounted on the hood of the police car; center, right and left to cover the close-ups of the actor.

PILOT: 1. Filmed in Sound Stage 42 - Malloy tells Reed "hats in the back, these ceilings are to low."  This is one of the few changes from normal LAPD procedure since, at the time, cops were required to wear their hats while driving on patrol - but the brims of the hats caused a reflection from the lights.

2. On location in North Hollywood, character actor Howard Culver (portraying the liquor store clerk) is seen following Jack Webb's direction on handing Malloy a piece of paper.

 

Art Gilmore and Martin Milner in the same area with the same (painted trees) backdrop used for the background of Rampart Division in the Pilot and the first call with Guest Star Ann Guilbert, known to her fans as 'Millie Helper' from The Dick Van Dyke Show. A prop tree was rolled into the sound stage for the scene and was placed behind the actors for close-ups. Exterior shots for Ann's scenes were filmed on a side street in North Hollywood.

 

1.Note the duct tape covering a number on the T-2 'can light' behind Reed in the first picture. This scene was filmed in the sound stage with another borrowed North Hollywood [Division 15] police car with the second number on the red/amber light covered.

2.The Pilot is the only episode where the 'Plymouth' name is not covered on the real LAPD car. The license plate seen on the car was not real and was created by the Universal prop department.

 



PIC 1: The desk officer is Rick Warrick, he was Martin Milner's stand-in. The Sgt. next to him on the left is Steve Downing AKA Michael Donovan (the name of his dog...yes, the name of his dog) who wrote many scripts for the show.  The police station set used in the Pilot was filmed on the Dragnet stage. The ADAM- 12 set had not yet been constructed on Stage 42.

PIC 2: On Location at Encino Park... M & R's "mark"  is a [red arrow and circled] crumpled up piece of paper where they dive directly in front of the camera. Watch our LOCATIONS: 'NOW & THEN' Part 1 video on the HOMEPAGE to visit Encino Park as it looks today.

PIC 3: MARCO LOPEZ appeared on many episodes of DRAGNET and ADAM-12 and never spoke a word. He was also Jack Webb's stand-in on DRAGNET. We didn't realize Marco could speak until he appeared as Firefighter Marco Lopez on "EMERGENCY!."

PIC 4: Gary Crosby and Marco Lopez arrest a suspect.

PIC 5: Rick Warrick and Marco are seen as background officers walking in the station (Stage 42) on ADAM-12.


On location at Encino Park on Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. The area, houses and trees still look the same for the most part, with the exception of apartment buildings being built where the police cars are seen in front of where houses once stood.  FYI: Jack Webb lived nearby.



On location at North Hollywood Division used for the Pilot. Pictured are actors and not actual police officers. Often mistaken for RAMPART Division, the Pilot episode used exterior shots of North Hollywood Police Station.


 

On location in North Hollywood. Be watching for our upcoming "NOW & THEN Part 2" video where Tom Williams and Dave Skyler visit these locations.


PILOT: On location at the front entrance of the real LAPD North Hollywood Station [15] in 1967



Malloy & Reed  in front of North Hollywood Division located to the right of where the police units are exiting. Every police unit seen in the picture above are LAPD units

North Hollywood Division now and the old North Hollywood station used for the Pilot filmed in 1967.

 

FYI: Although not aired until 2/15/69, Log 51- A Jumper, Code 2 - Season 1, Episode 19 was the second episode filmed (or officially, the first episodeafter the Pilot was approved by NBC for series) with a brief summary of the upcoming episode with the radio dispatcher calls in the opening credits. NBC choose not to air this show immediately. It finally appears in the series as the 19th episode of the first season.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES
 

Originally his concept, Bob (R.A.)Cinader was a major advocate of Adam-12's format of handling multiple calls punctuated by the dialogue between Malloy and Reed in the car. This required filming inside the police car moving through the streets of Los Angeles. The director, sound tech, and cinematographer would sit in a station wagons rear-facing third seat overseeing the towed police unit with lights and cameras attached to a bar over the car's hood.

There were a total of 4 Script supervisors during the run of the show. The longest being Cynnie Troup (Bobby Troup's daughter) who would hide in the back seat of the police car with the script. She would read the dispatcher's lines to cue Kent McCord. The dispatcher's voice you hear on television was added in post-production and never heard by the actors during filming. Although viewers became very familiar with the distinct voice of real LAPD RTO [RTO: Radio Telephone Operator], Shaaron Snead's voice and dispatch calls, the guys only heard the voice of the script supervisor.


Before the show began it's run, Martin and Kent received brief specialized training and studied defensive tactics and firearms at LAPD's Police Academy.

Jack Webb used his clout with the LAPD to secure permits and LAPD vehicles for location shots which most producers could not do at the time; now it is common practice.

Adam-12 featured the city of Los Angeles with location shoots. The first two seasons made use of the studio back lots for the outdoor scenes but the scenes looking into the car were filmed on city streets, mainly in the North Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City area. By season three, Jack Webb was beginning to use his contacts at the LAPD to get more location shoots without breaking the budget. From the tow car (station wagon) that pulled the patrol car at street level through dozens of locations throughout the city to the extensive filming of scenes on the streets of LA, Jack Webb used the city as his backdrop courtesy of the LAPD.


Although the police would place the standard road blocks for location shoots, Jack Webb ensured that traffic and people flowed through the outdoor shots with little interruption. Be it a street corner, stadium, parking lot or in the patrol car, you could clearly see the flow of people and traffic.

After the third season, Jack wasn't happy with the scripts, so they started a competition to find new writers. Stephan J. Cannell entered and won the contest. He impressed Webb with his ability to produce good scripts in record time. Cannell would go on to write individual episodes as well as serve as story editor for two seasons. The LAPD assigned sergeants to each of the show's writers to answer questions and approve the final scripts. Sergeants were also used as technical advisors and would tell the actors tactically what to do as an officer.

Police officers from across the country were encouraged to mail in stories. If used, the show paid $100. Good money for a story line in the 1970's.

Martin Milner did most of the driving and was known for always hitting his mark. In the episode, "Child Stealer," which aired in the second season, they chased a kidnapper's car over railroad tracks. Martin asked if blocks were needed to clear the bottom. He was told not to worry and they tore the bottom of the car out. After being blamed for the damage, an angry Milner told them to hire a stunt driver. His driving was never criticized again. Sometimes accidents happen. Once Marty drove the Plymouth Satellite into a fence pole during a scene of the episode 'The Radical' as recreated below. M & R were not injured, but the Satellite's front end was badly damaged and went to the body shop. The exterior Satellite vehicle for the rest of that episode was a temp car and had the obvious temporary magnetic city seal and "to protect and to serve" plates placed on the side doors.

According to Producer Tom Williams - In 'The Radical' the scene shown on TV was the first take. Marty thought he could do a better 2nd take, but accidentally drove into the fence pole when he lost control of the Plymouth Satellite. 2nd Picture is the the first take and the one you see on TV and the 3rd pic is a temporary Satellite (studio car dressed as LAPD) seen in the rest of the location shots of the episode with temp LAPD magnets on the door.
 
 
On location shoots in the first couple of seasons, bystanders often mistook the actors for real cops since the show used vehicles that appeared identical to the LAPD, as well as, authentic LAPD badges and uniforms. This would cause filming to abruptly halt while the actors stopped to explain that they were just pretend cops.

Martin Milner and Kent McCord are proud that Adam-12 motivated officers to put on the uniform and do the job. McCord himself was a real reserve officer for the Los Angeles School Police Department wearing the same badge number he wore in the show. He was a frequent speaker at assemblies and in classrooms working to create a bridge between kids and cops. Kent recently retired at the rank of lieutenant.

Kent McCord and Martin Milner remain close friends and teamed up again as cops in an episode of 'Diagnosis Murder' on CBS and the 1989 TV (Pilot) movie, 'Nashville Beat' on the TNN Network, which McCord created and produced. Unfortunately, the Pilot was not picked up for series





ADAM-12 - LAPD "POLICEMAN" Badges 744 & 2430


The badges used on the show were real, authentic LAPD badges and ID cards and were returned to the Los Angeles Police Department after the show wrapped production in 1975. They turned up missing in the late seventies, but since then a technical advisor from the show claims to have Malloy's original badge. The "series 6" POLICEMAN badges were retired when the "POLICEMAN" series was changed to the "POLICE OFFICER" series in 1973. The Sergeant and Lieutenant's Badges number 714 from Dragnet were given to Jack Webb and his Sgt.'s Badge is now mounted in a crystal display and located at the LAPD Police Academy as part of Jack Webb's Collection. Martin Milner and Kent McCord have stated that they don't know what happened to their badges. Below are Malloy & Reed's ID cards and a plaque dedicated to Officer Jim Reed.


 


 


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"POLICEMAN" to "POLICE OFFICER"

Had Adam-12 continued production, Jim Reed's badge would have been updated to "POLICE OFFICER" as Webb always strived to retain authenticity and reflect the ongoing changes within the LAPD on his television shows.

Reed would have been partnered with a younger actor portraying a rookie "Police Officer" (rumored to be Mark Harmon or rotating partners) as Milner had already signed to star in ABC-TV's new series 'Swiss Family Robinson' even if Adam-12 had been picked up by NBC for another season. Milner would have continued with Adam-12 in a limited capacity as the sergeant - which would only take one day of filming when needed.

Pictured (R) is Martin Milner's 1975 Publicity Photo from ABC-TV which premiered 'SFR' on September 14, 1975. Adam-12's last and final episode aired on May 20, 1975.  NOTE: Adam-12's last day of filming was December 12, 1974.                          



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Adam-12 script supervisor, Cynnie Troup remembers: "The most interesting thing about the show was that Marty and Kent were truly good friends, which is fairly rare on television shows. And the relationship was very much like the parts they played; you know, Marty sort of being the older, advisor type, and Kent like the young rookie. That's what their real relationship was like."

"And aside from the outtakes being very funny, what impressed me the most is that you see what good friends Marty and Kent are. That was the highlight of the whole thing: you see how much they enjoy each other and their screw-ups and their fun with each other, and that really was unusual."

Such a beautiful friendship might never have begun if Kent had been allowed to follow his first inclination.

As Bill "Mac" Boyett remembers it, "Kent had done a Dragnet, where he's the young cop accused [of an armed robbery, 'The Big Interrogation', 2-9-67], and it was just Kent and Harry Morgan and Jack Webb. Kent felt very intimidated and didn't like it. He was under contract to Universal, and the story goes that he went to Universal and said, 'Ill never work for that guy again. That's a terrible experience...' Webb went to Universal and said, 'I've seen a lot of these kids you've got under contract and this is the only one that's any good, and I want him on my show.' And then Kent indeed became a big fan and friend of Webb's." Marty Milner who once played Webb's partner on the radio version of Dragnet, was an old friend when he was offered the part.

Once hired, the two stars began riding with real patrolmen. Kent rode in Hollywood Division most of the time and Marty in South L.A.

Once the show went into production and location shots were in progress, the two "officers" were approached by citizens in need. Marty remembers, "Lots of times people would come up to the car and tell us something that was going on or something that we could take care of. "If the camera was around the corner and it was a shot of us driving by, coming around the corner, we'd be sitting where the civilians on the street couldn't see the camera and they'd think we were cops. But that was only the first coupl'a years. After the show got pretty popular that wasn't the case."

Cynnie Troup laughs as she remembers, "Every other week I spent a whole day on the floor in the back seat of the car doing radio calls while they drove around.

"They towed the car; they mounted three cameras on the front of the hood and they would run the scene and get all the coverage done, the two-shot and the two close-ups. They took the bottom of the back seat out and had a furniture pad down there and I would lay down there with my script book, reading 'One-adam-12, see the man,' or '415, Code Three,' or whatever, for them to act to. Later they would dub in the voice of the girl. "I would literally get carsick sometimes, cuz you do them for, like, three shows at once. Once they got that rig going you'd just drive around and around. And Marty and Kent were so funny with their jeans on, and then the cop outfits from the waist up!"

The Adam-12 cars were a perfect match for the real thing--almost--according to one of the producers, Tom Williams. "The last year, they added two cars to the Los Angeles Police order, that we paid for. [Before that,] we would just buy the same car and then paint it to look exactly like it, except we always made one little difference in it so we'd know if it was our car used anyplace else.

Accidents will happen, and a few of them did while Marty Milner was at the wheel. Tom Williams recalls, "Those tow-shows were done every other Friday. They couldn't see anything; they were being towed down the street. Webb and his cameraman designed that hood rig; the three cameras ran simultaneously. That's why, if there was a car behind them, it would match all the time. A lot of shows were using rear screen projection, but we just went out and did all of that. Those were all real cars back there. And in the police car that you would see on exteriors where the car's doing run-bys and things like that, that usually wasn't them. We would have extras, because from that distance you couldn't tell who it was. But sometimes on that Friday when we'd go out to do the tow-shots and they still had a couple of hours left, we would put [Milner and McCord] in a car and have them drive around and shoot shots with them.
 

Producer Bob Cinader was the person the stars went to if they had any problems with the show's scripts. Milner recalls the production routine. "I think we'd meet Monday and discuss the show that would start in eight days. We would read through with Bob Cinader and the story editor, and find what needed to be fixed, and that would give the guys eight days to fix 'em before the show began shooting."

The nature of a show like Adam-12 with a brevity and flurry of scenes and story lines, precluded two important things: the real emoting that an actor thrives on, and anecdotes to be later told to folks like us.

The TV Collector May-June 1995(#78) By Diane L. Albert   Edited by Adam12Code3.com  Read The Full Story HERE

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ADAM-12 Producer TOM WILLIAMS

WAS also the voice of the
male dispatcher (known as the Link Operator) and was many other background voices heard on the show.  Mr. Williams is also a talented Voice Over and Character voice artist. He
was also a successful character actor and appeared on ADAM-12 and EMERGENCY!

Watch TOM ON ADAM-12. Pictured above is a current picture of Mr. Williams and a classic picture from 1974 outside the sound stage at Universal Studios.

B/W PIC: From 1971 (L-R): Head Writer STEPHEN J. CANNELL, Executive Producer HERMAN SAUNDERS, Producer TOM WILLIAMS and MARTIN MILNER as Officer Pete Malloy dressed and ready to film on set.

PICTURED (L-R) Executive Producer HERMAN S. SAUNDERS • Head Writer STEPHEN J. CANNELL • Jack Webb's Secretary JEAN MILES • Mark VII Productions Secretary CAROL GILLSON


 

FAVORITE LOCATIONS:

Across the street from Universal Studios Gate 7 - "VALLEYHEART DR"

Lankershim Blvd and James Stewart Ave [the entrance to Gate 7 at Universal Studios] connects to ValleyHeart Drive directly across the
street from Lankershim Blvd and was a favorite location to film scenes since it was close and different angles could easily be used.

The pictures above except for the last row are a look at the locations NOW & THEN. Please watch our video of ADAM-12 filming
LOCATIONS: NOW & THEN Part 1 on the HOMEPAGE to see these and other locations.

 

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - NEAR TUJUNGA AND MOORPARK

Tow-car passes the Union 76 (still there) next to Dave Berg's Liquor Store and the DQ near Tujunga on Moorpark in North Hollywood


The Dairy Queen and Liquor Store are long gone, but the apartment house across the street still looks the same


Pictured on the left is where Dave Berg's Liquor & Deli was located in North Hollywood. This area was a favorite for filming since it's near the studio



At the corner of Tujunga and Moorpark is the recently closed Henry's Tacos seen in the picture to the right over Malloy's shoulder. Henry's Tacos can be seen on many episodes of the show, either in the background or for Code 7.

 

 

The Cynnie Troup Collection
Adam-12 Script Supervisor

Thanks to Cynnie for sharing some of her photos from the days of Adam-12.
All photographs are the property of Cynnie Troup. She has graciously granted Adam12Code3.com exclusive rights to display on this website.


Cynnie went on to be the Script supervisor for such shows as Emergency!, L.A. Law, and many other television programs. Cynnie is the daughter of Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early on Emergency!) and sister of actress Ronne Troup. Cynnie is now semi-retired and is enjoying life.
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Cynnie Troup pictured in my studio for the 45th Anniversary interview. Cynnie Troup [Script Supervisor: 1969 - 1972] on location.  Cynnie (always dressed in black in the car so she didn't reflect on the windows) sits up as the scene ends with the Director yelling "cut" on a walkie-talkie heard from the tow-car.

On location in North Hollywood, Cynnie, her Mom (Cynthia) and sister Ronne who was featured in the episode.  Marty, Cynnie (checking the script) and crew. On location waiting for the next scene: The beautiful daughters of Bobby Troup:  Actress RONNE TROUP and her sister, Adam-12 Script supervisor CYNNIE TROUP
on Location.

Kent McCord and Cynnie checking the script while Marty gets ready for the scene.  Waiting for the next scene in the studio wearing their uniforms (described as costumes by the wardrobe people), Marty and Kent play foosball while Cynnie looks on smoking a cigarette. Final pic is on stage filming an episode featuring SWAT with Marty and Kent in SWAT uniforms.

PIC 2: Marty, Writer Stephen Cannell, Kent and Producer Tom Williams



   
 

QUICK CLIPS: 2 minute FAN FAVORITE FLASHBACKS:
 

10/22/1974: Roll Call Season
7, Episode 4

 

11/7/1973: Training Division Season
6, Episode 8

 

1/31/1973: The Beast Season 5, Episode 17

 

2/4/1975: Pressure Point Season 7, Episode 15

 

'Killing Ground'  7 Feb. 1973

Training Wheels (11 Oct. 1972) Season
5,
Gary Crosby and Fred Stromsoe
as a bad guy

Citizen's Arrest (1/24/73)
"his name ain't Brinkman"

Citizen's Arrest (1/24/73)
(in pursuit of a child stealing suspect)





THE ORIGINAL SUPPORTING CAST


(L-R) William Boyett as Sgt. MacDonald, Art Gilmore at Lt. Moore, William Stevens as Officer Walters, Claude Johnson as Officer Brinkman, Jack Hogan as Detective Jerry Miller and Gary Crosby as Officer Ed Wells. Unfortunately, none of the actors were under contract so most moved on to other projects. William Boyett and Gary Crosby always made themselves available but were never under contract and worked by choice when called.

William Boyett was part of Webb's stable of actors and was always available when called in to work. [Trivia note: Boyett's original character name was different, but changed to "MacDONALD" at the last minute during filming of the pilot. He was never given a first name]. Art Gilmore was written out early on since his character wasn't necessary to the storyline.

William Stevens would make several appearances in the first season, but the work was inconsistent so he moved on to other opportunities.  Producer Tom Williams brought him back in Season 6 as a helicopter pilot in the episode 'SKYWATCH.' [Trivia Note: Stevens always was given the surname of "Walters" but had 3 different first names].

Claude Johnson was a contract player for Universal Studios and appeared on many Universal productions, usually portraying a cop. [Trivia note: Johnson also plays Officer Norm Green and Officer Johnson on the show].

Jack Hogan's character was also written out of series since they wanted to concentrate on the patrol officers and eliminate the detective (Dragnet) aspect of the show. Hogan also returns (as a different character) in Season 6 episode: 'SKYWATCH.'

Gary Crosby was also a part of Jack Webb's stable of steady actors and always made himself available when called to audition for any Mark VII Produced television show including EMERGENCY! Gary makes appearances on EMERGENCY! and other MARK VII pilots while he was on ADAM-12.




Martin Milner as Officer Pete Malloy (
Malloy, Peter J. - Serial Number: 10743. Time on the job -  Nov 15, 1961 at the the time in 1968)
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Kent McCord as Officer Jim Reed (Reed, James A. -
Serial Number: 13985. Time on the job - Jul 11 probationer in 1968)
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William Boyett as Sgt. MacDonald from 1968 to 1975
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Shaaron Snead (formerly Claridge) the voice of the dispatcher from 1968 - 1975. (Shaaron Snead retired from LAPD in the late 1980's)

Tom Williams as the LINK OPERATOR (male dispatcher) from 1967 to 1975. Tom was also the Associate Producer and Producer of the show.
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Gary Crosby as Officer Ed Wells, a cocky, obnoxious Training Officer who appeared from 1968 - 1975
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William Stevens as Officer Jerry (Bill, Lou) Walters, 1968 - 1970 and 1974
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Jack Hogan
as Sgt. Jerry Miller, 1969
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Mikki Jamison as Mrs. Jean Reed, 1969
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Kristin Harmon Nelson as Mrs. Jean Reed, 1974 -1975
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Claude Johnson as Officer Brinkman (and as Officer Green), 1968 - 1971
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William Elliott II as Officer Grant, 1974 - 1975

Art Gilmore as Lieutenant Moore
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Fred Stromsoe as Officer Woods, 1974 - 1975
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FRED STROMSOE first appeared on ADAM-12 as a "bad guy" in two episodes before becoming a regular character as Officer Jerry Woods.
Fred and Marty were close friends and had worked together in the past. He was once Marty's stand-in on a Western and was also a stunt man.. Other than Marty and Kent, Fred is the only other actor that was given a contract with Mark VII Productions. Not even [Mac] William Boyett was ever under contract. At one point in time, both Marty and Fred owned Avocado Farms in Fallbrook, California and were neighbors.


 

MEMORABLE GUEST APPEARANCES
 


(L-R) Butch Patrick. Barry Williams. Jodie Foster. David Cassidy. Mark Harmon. Lindsay Wagner, Scatman Crothers and Dick Clark


Episode 2, "Log 141: The Color TV Bandit", stars Cloris Leachman and Melody Patterson.

Episode 10, "Log 132: Producer", stars Karen Black and James McEachin. McEachin appeared in five additional episodes in different roles.

Episode 22, "Log 152: A Dead Cop Can't Help Anyone", stars Barry Williams (Greg Brady) of 'Brady Bunch' fame.

Episode 43, "Log 24: A Rare Occasion" stars David Cassidy of The Partridge Family.

Episode 58, "Log 55: Missing Child" guests stars Jodie Foster as the playmate of a missing child.

Episode 80, "The Million Dollar Buff" making her television debut, Lindsay Wagner guest stars as a jewelry store attendant.

Episode 121, "Gus Corbin", guest stars Mark Harmon.


Universal Studios contract actor Jed Allen portrayed many characters on several Universal Productions and appearing on ADAM-12 in six episodes, two episodes portraying the same notable character: Reno West. The name "Reno West" was used on several episodes, referencing the character even when Jed Allen did not appear.

JED ALLEN
  1. Log 144: Bank Robbery (11 April 1970) - Charles Jensen  
  2. Log 155: Internal Affairs - Blackmail (21 January 1971) - Officer Tony Johnson  
  3. Substation (16 February 1972) - U.S. Marshal Chuck Stanton  
  4. Anatomy of a 415 (7 March 1973) - John Spencer  
  5. Hot Shot (24 October 1973) - Reno West  
  6. Capture (14 November 1973) - Reno West  


(L-R) Jed Allen: Universal Publicity Photo - Drug pusher: Charles Jensen - Bad cop: Officer Tony Johnson - Step dad in a bad marriage: John Spencer - LAX U.S. Marshal: Chuck Stanton - Jewel and Stamp thief: Reno West - Reno West getting busted again by Officer Pete Malloy. Jed Allen was contract player for Universal and appeared on many NBC shows including Soap Opera's.

 

From the Jack Webb stable of favorite actors:
VIRGINIA GREGG
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- Clinic on 18th Street (1974) ... Miss Brown
- Capture (1973) ... Diane Cooper
- Dirt Duel (1972) ... Mrs. McKay
- Log 75: Have a Nice Weekend (1970) ... Anne White
- Log 54: Impersonation (1970) ... Mrs. Dunkit



Virginia Gregg was Another actress part of Jack Webb's stable of  talent that he used often on Dragnet but she only appeared  in 6 memorable episodes of ADAM-12. Jack always referred to her as his go to girl when he needed a particular scene to work.


 

SPECIAL GUESTS | SERIES APPEARANCES:
 

Willie Aames David Cassidy Scatman Crothers Art Gilmore June Lockhart
Jed Allen Dick Clark Tony Dow Sharon Gless Trini Lopez
Army Archerd Robert Conrad Micky Dolenz Leo V. Gordon Marco Lopez
Ed Begley Jr. Ellen Corby Donna Douglas Deidre Hall Randolph Mantooth
Karen Black Aneta Corsaut Jodie Foster Mark Harmon Tim Matheson

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Kristen McCord Kip Niven Laurette Spang Michael Warren Chuck Bowman
Amy Milner Jayne Meadows G.D. Spradlin Johnny Whittaker Virginia Gregg
Andy Milner Butch Patrick Andrew Stevens Jo Ann Worley

Mikki Jamison

Ed Nelson Jo Ann Pflug Kevin Tighe Barry Williams

Del Moore

Ozzie Nelson Frank Sinatra Jr. Lindsay Wagner Tom Williams  



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(L-R) Aneta Corsaut, Milner, Kristin Harmon Nelson, (sister of Mark Harmon and then wife of Rick Nelson, McCord's
close friend
) McCord and the first Mrs. Jim Reed played by actress Mikki Jamison in 1969.

Mikki passed away June 17, 2013 at age 70 in her hometown of Spokane, WA  Note: It was rumored that Mikki originally won the role of Jean Reed because she had once dated  Ricky Nelson of 'Ozzie & Harriett' fame. Rick Nelson's wife  Kristin Harmon would end up with the role as the second and final Mrs. Jim Reed. The name 'Jean' was the name of ADAM-12 Creator, R.A. (Bob) Cinader's wife.

McCord got his big break on TV when his best friend, Rick(y) Nelson offered him a minor role on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet with the very famous, influential Nelson family. He is credited on that show by his birth name, Kent McWhirter. In the first couple of seasons of Adam-12, Malloy and Reed are dispatched to a "McWhirter" address.

Ozzie Nelson even Directed and appeared as robbery victim Ted Clover in the 1971 episode: The Grandmothers
 
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Is that Kent back there?

Jo Ann Pflug Guest Stars as "POLICE OFFICER" Dana Hall in 1975 on one of the final episodes. This unofficially marks the end of the "POLICEMAN" and was intentionally intended to demonstrate women's new role as full-fledged "POLICE OFFICERS" since this was cutting edge at the time. This episode demonstrates how a female can perform the same tasks as a male "POLICE OFFICER."

A female officer was considered as a potential new partner (or rotating partner) for officer Jim Reed had NBC picked up the series for another season. Either way, Milner was leaving his full-time roll as 'Pete Malloy.'  Universal wasn't talking renewal, so he signed a deal  to star in ABC-TV's, 'Irwin Allen's, Swiss Family Robinson' due to persistent rumors of Adam-12's imminent demise. However, had NBC renewed the series, Milner would continue to play a minor role as the new Sergeant and would only film on a very limited basis. He had already filmed the first episode of Swiss Family Robinson before filming the final episodes of Adam-12. In the final episode the camera focuses on Milner in the last shot of what turned out to be the final show of Adam-12's long run.

Always remaining authentic as to police procedures, Adam-12 had become a bit too homogenized as other cop shows were becoming a little more gritty than authentic and reflecting the changes in Los Angeles. The show certainly had the potential to move forward -  unfortunately, as predicted, it would not survive the television programmers and NBC canceled the show. 

 In 1982, Webb was in negotiations with NBC to give Dragnet another go with Kent McCord ( as Detective Jim Reed) his new partner. Webb was preparing for the potential new series when he suddenly passed away of a heart attack in late December 1982. Kent McCord attempted to move forward with the new Dragnet project, but without Webb's influence, the show was shelved.

Adam-12 and LAPD Police women in the '60s and today's female police officers. Female officers began to be perceived as "real officers" in 1973 when the badges began to change, but were still wearing a skirt and shuffled into female-only duties, given desk and clerical work, sent to women's jail wards, or posted to juvenile investigations units. By 1974 some female officers fought for and won patrol positions.

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SHAARON SNEAD - "The Gold Standard" - LAPD
LAPD & ADAM-12 Dispatcher

A real LAPD dispatcher who made extra money dispatching for TV and movies. She was an LAPD RTO in the San Fernando Valley for many years. Shaaron  (formerly Claridge) was once nominated for a "Heard but not Seen" TV Land Award - but she actually makes an uncredited appearance in the 1973 episode "Suspended." WATCH Shaaron's entire and only appearance on Adam-12.
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The actors never heard Shaaron during filming, her voice was dubbed in during post-production. The calls were read by the script supervisor, hidden in the back seat of the car.


 
 



 

All of the radio calls (even the calls heard in the background) were recorded in a studio, including the male voice (usually followed by three tones) of the link operator, voiced by Producer Tom Williams. An effect was then placed on the audio to create the "dispatcher radio sound" known in the industry as "fussing" and then dubbed into the show. Mr. Williams auditioned three different real LAPD RTO's for the dispatcher role, all are heard as background calls in the Pilot episode and throughout the first season, but Shaaron sounded the best, was qualified and had a true passion for the job.

Re-dubbing, or known as looping the actors voices in a studio was a common practice, since there were often audio problems with location shoots

When actors loop a scene, the actor is played back the original scene in headphones and then repeats it the same way into a studio microphone to match the words as they were said in the scene.

Pictured (L) is Shaaron recording her dispatcher calls in the small looping studio. Yes, everyone stood when recording their lines.
 

SHAARON (then known as Claridge) SNEAD, is now semi-retired, however, she still does voice over work. She was a second-shift ''radiotelephone operator'' or simply known as a police radio dispatcher at the Van Nuys Division of the LAPD.

Women were primarily desired as police radio dispatchers because it was reported that LAPD psychologists felt that a woman's voice would have a more soothing and calming effect over the radio. The idea was should an officer (male) be pinned down by gunfire and/or wounded and was still within radio contact, hearing a female voice could help keep the officer from panicking until back-up could arrive. Shaaron has been married twice, both times to LAPD motor officers. She has often said she's been Shaaron Snead longer than her maiden name "Cooper" or first married name "Claridge."

Shaaron's husband, former LAPD Motor Officer RODNEY SNEAD passed away in early 2014 after a long illness. R.I.P. RODNEY SNEAD.
WE LOVE YOU, SHAARON.

Shaaron's Voice over Filmography: Dragnet, Adam-12 - 1967 - 1975 • The Boatnicks - 1970 • Sarge -1970 • Lou Grant - 1977 • Columbo - 1978 • Blue Thunder (movie) - 1983.



The Shaaron Snead Collection
Photo is the property of Shaaron Snead and she has granted permission of use on Adam12Code3.com

 
PIC 1. Shaaron visits with Marty and Kent on location. Fun for the guys to see their dispatcher since they never get to hear her when filming the car scenes.
PIC 2. Shaaron on duty at LAPD and Marty and Kent



Hey... Where's Shaaron?
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The one and only time that Shaaron is NOT the (RTO) dispatcher on Adam-12 except for the openning. Episode: "Hollywood Division" - the sexy voiced dispatcher caught the ear of Pete Malloy, but she frustrated Reed with her lack of experience - she even pronounced La Brea Ter (Terrace) "La Breeter." (not a real street) LOL!  Turns out sexy dispatcher 'Betty Edwards' (played by actress Sondra Currie) was married to a fellow officer they worked with earlier in the episode, SWAT Commander, Lt. Edwards (Robert Torrey).
The Radical - Season 6, Episode 10




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ADAM-12  •  The Sound Stage
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Pictured above: Malloy and Reed at roll call and in a locker room scene. NO real cops were used as extras as once believed. All were actors (members of the SAG Union) and much of the same people were used throughout the series. Gil Loe was in charge of Wardrobe and  always dressed the actors in LAPD regulation uniforms.

Martin Milner and Kent McCord's uniforms were NOT LAPD regulation and were custom made with light Navy-blue wool material for comfort. The t-shirts were purchased at JC Penny and dyed with a light blue hue (Technicolor Tint #2), which appears white on camera.

The area used to film the scenes above is on the stages at Universal. Stage 42 housed the police station interior and parking area. The lockers are removed and the set is dressed for the roll call room. Coffee room was also dressed as the Detective and Team 12 room, sometimes they would also dress a set [interior rooms, bars] of areas not being used for filming in that episode inside Stage 42.

Jack Webb had the prop department replicate the interior building and parking area of the Rampart Police Station in the sound stage at Universal. Other sound stages were used with existing sets that could be used for a particular scene.

Many locations around the Los Angeles area were used for exterior shots and stock footage, but most scenes as Malloy and Reed arrive in the car were filmed near the studio with most of the interior scenes then filmed in a sound stage. However, some of the action and outdoor scenes were filmed on location. Pictures above: Barry Williams (Brady Bunch), Dick Clark, William Boyett as Mac and who can forget Duke Dokowski and his "Julie London" look-a-like girlfriend from Duke's Cafe on the set  in a sound stage.

Sinatra & Crosby: The Children of Frank and Bing - Episode 2, Season 5 "The Late Baby" Air Date: September 20, 1972.
(L-R) Tina Sinatra, Gary Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Jr. filming on the set of Adam-12 and Malloy and Reed at the faux Rampart Hospital entrance, another recreated fixture by the Universal prop department and  filmed inside the sound stage next door.

  

Adam-12 visit the set of the fictitious Rampart General Hospital in nearby soundstage 41 on the Universal lot. In the screen clip, Malloy just misses running into (they never meet on the show, although Randolph Mantooth had appeared on Adam-12) Firefighters / Paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth). Malloy is pictured with Dr. Brackett (Robert Fuller) in the examination room on the "Emergency!" sound stage at Universal Studios.

Exterior shots and some filming was done at the real Rampart Police Station, but all of the interior scenes and some exterior scenes were done in the sound stage at Universal. The prop department created a small area that resembled Rampart's back door and parking area for a two to three police car tight shot - that is why the building appears "dirt-free" and lighting was so impeccable in those close-up "outdoor" scenes -  they were done inside Stage 42, pictured below.


  

Although this area above is made to resemble the outside of Rampart Station where you see the Adam-12 unit park in exterior shots, this area was actually inside sound Stage 42 along with the mock Rampart police station interior created by the prop department. In the last parking lot picture above, a police unit had just backed up in the scene to roll on patrol, but the studio lights are so bright that you can see the shadow of the unit as the car comes to an immediate stop when it's out of the frame of the picture but the shadow of the car is blatantly visible throughout the entire scene...oops.


Many stages on the back lot were used including Stage 41 [home of EMERGENCY!] and the famous and extremely large Stage 12 known for filming outdoor scenes inside the soundstage.


 

On Location: The real Rampart Police Station



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Pictured above is from only a few episodes of each season actually filmed with the actors and studio cars at Rampart Police Station. The last screen shot of the Matador leaving the station was filmed in 1974 and shows how the real police station wasn't as clean as the pictures above from 1968 and the "studio" police station. Also note the exit driveway of the station no longer has an "IN" entrance, just "OUT" is painted on the ground, as patrol units were only using that driveway to exit the station, it was no longer an entrance except for the Adam-12 car.

Note the different angles used in the scenes above, as you get to see the back and full view of Rampart Division and the actual distance between the cars and exit door. When comparing the real police station and the sound stage version, the Universal prop department did an excellent job recreating the exterior and interior of the actual police station.

The actual Rampart Station was mainly used for filming aerial exterior shots of the police car arriving and leaving the station with extras (not the stars) driving the Adam-12 car, but stock footage (except Season 2 because the '68 and '69 Belvedere looked similar) was filmed each season with the stars driving in and out of Rampart station.



Adam-12 
&  S.W.A.T. [On The Back lot]
 


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S.W.A.T. was called upon on several occasions, but focused on just a few episodes. The back lot of Universal Studios was always used for the episodes featuring S.W.A.T. on Adam-12 since it was easier to control the elaborate scenes.  Jack Webb wanted to feature the relatively new SWAT operation with the episode filmed in 1969 (note the early SWAT vehicle resembles an old Helms Bakery truck)  and would be the first of three separate episodes featuring S.W.A.T.  The uniforms, equipment and tactics were all authentic of the time thanks to the assistance of the LAPD. Air Date: January 24,1970. The second episode featuring SWAT was minimal as seen on 1/19/72, The Tip. The last row of pictures and clip is from the third episode featuring S.W.A.T. (note the SWAT vehicle resembles a 'UPS' truck) on 11/21/1973: The Radical Season 4, Episode 4.

While not the first to use specially trained units, the LAPD was the first to form a specific SWAT team, and originally created the term, "Special Weapons And Tactics". John Nelson was the LAPD officer who came up with the idea to form a specially trained and equipped unit in the LAPD, intended to respond to and manage critical situations involving shootings while minimizing police casualties.



(L-R) That old  SWAT van and today's LAPD S.W.A.T. high tech vehicle, well-equipped and extremely well- trained officers.


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Universal Studios Backlot
 


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The original Colonial Street at Universal Studios was in the northwestern region of the lot in an area formerly known as River Road. Colonial Street, created in 1950, was named for the Colonial Mansion (aka Shelby House from the 1927 film Uncle Tom's Cabin) at the west end of the street.

The older, east end of the street was known as New England Street, a name also applied to this street as it ran further east, south of Circle Drive and a park (built in 1950) and along the north side of Courthouse Square (built in 1948). Some of the houses on Colonial Street had origins elsewhere, including the Maxim and Allison houses, which were original soundstage sets, and "Ron's Barn," which was originally a barn set.

In 1981, Colonial Street was relocated on the lot, and the original area was converted to production facilities. Pictured above Malloy and Reed are called to Colonial Mansion, Colonial Street Morrison House, Colonial Street's Hubbard House and many other famous movie houses, streets and dressed sets on the Universal backlot. Even Emergency!'s Engine 51 made several appearances on Adam-12 dressed as an L.A. City Fire engine.

Four Court on the back lot was used for the setting of Duke's Cafe and several other settings in the first couple of seasons. They begin
using more city locations in Season 3. However, in the last year, they once again used the back lot in a few of the final episodes. Jim Reed fans may recognize the black Plymouth where he takes cover. That's the same car used as his personal vehicle in
11/1/1969: Log 103---A Sound Like Thunder Season 2, Episode 6.

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A Closer Look...

1. "The Anniversary" - Same liquor store from the pilot is used again in this episode. 

2. "Ambush" The guys are transporting a prisoner they picked up from the Sheriff's department, which is out of their radio range. Their tire gets shot, but the close-up reveals where the squib is planted on the road (gun shot effect) and the "tire" actually shot is stock footage of a white-wall tire with a different hub-cap.

In the first two seasons, the YELLOW BOX [Fire Extinguisher] is accidentally placed in the wrong area on the stage as can be seen in the stock footage of the real Rampart Police Station. On stage it was placed between the doors until someone finally noticed and moved it to the right place, next to the vents.



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ON LOCATION: During filming at Rampart Police Station and NBC uses the opportunity to promote the new show. Kent & Marty interviewed by Joe Garagiola on the TODAY show in 1968. The man sitting on the right is Sgt. Dan Cook (LAPD Public Relations) This is the "JUMPER" episode (2nd episode filmed or first filmed after the pilot) NBC had picked up the Pilot. Harry Morgan is the Director of this episode. LAPD Chief Thomas Reddin is also present during the filming.

WATCH THE NBC PROMOS
Lasting seven seasons and 174 episodes. Adam-12 aired original episodes on the NBC Television Network
from September 21, 1968 through May 20, 1975
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DEBUT PROMO NBC

Watch the video above and flashback to 'NBC Week' promoting the new ADAM-12 police drama followed by Get Smart Starring Don Adams.
. NBC PROMO - ADAM-12

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60 Second Promo

This is one of the last promos that aired on NBC for Adam-12. The show was starting to wind down and would be ending its long run. Here is NBC's last effort to promote the hit series
  NBC SHORT PROMO

This season was on Wednesdays at 8pm.

There is audio space at the end of this promo for a local NBC affiliate announcer. It is one of the last promos produced by NBC.

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Watch Adam-12 online with fewer commercial interruptions on hulu.com  CLICK HERE

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ADAM-12 and LAPD: "POLICEMAN BILL" Program

Pictured above is from the first episode of the second season: Log 15: Exactly One Hundred Yards featuring the "Policeman Bill" program. Guest Star: Butch Patrick from "The Munsters" and featuring long time KTLA Channel 5 Los Angeles News Anchorman, Larry McCormick as the school principal, pictured with Milner and McCord.  Watch the episode now on Hulu.

                          

The LAPD "Policeman Bill" program was designed to educate and inform children about the police. Each division had a Community Relations officer with a Lieutenant in charge. He would have a Youth Services officer, usually a policeman and a policewoman, their main duty was the LAPD Explorer Program (a program similar to the Boy Scouts for kids interested in police work), but additional duties were the Policeman Bill program, visiting L.A. Unified Elementary Schools meeting with the kids, show them how the police car worked and to consider all police officers as their friend, "Policeman Bill" and to refer to them as such. The "Policeman Bill" program ended in the early '70s.

Note: For a brief period, the LAPD had a policeman teaching Police Role in Government in the L.A. Unified District High Schools. This was a full time assignment. One officer would be assigned one high school.


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Adam-12 - "Elegy For A Pig" The Documentary Style Episode
Memorial Dedicated To Fallen Officers by Jack Webb

"Log 105: Elegy for a Pig" is the 60th episode which focuses on the life of a recently killed police officer. It is notable for being a major departure from the series' usual "day in the life" format. The show is presented as a tribute to police officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

In keeping with the show's somber tone, the opening and closing credits are done differently than usual: the theme music is absent, and the white credits are shown against a black background. Also, the opening credits are spoken aloud by Jack Webb, who finishes with, "For the next 30 minutes, Elegy for a Pig." Definition of elegy: a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, a lament for the dead. Watch the episode now on Hulu

Officers Malloy and Reed are attending the funeral of slain policeman Tom Porter (Guest Star Mark Goddard), who was a friend and academy classmate of Malloy's. In flashbacks, Malloy remembers meeting and working with Porter during their "rookie" years and Porter being killed while chasing a robbery suspect.

 


Actor Tom Bellin was seen on Dragnet many times and mostly seen portraying a bad guy on ADAM-12. In this episode he plays a hippie guy pulled over
for a "rolling stop" with a big mouthed bird taught to repeat the phrase "DOWN WITH THE PIGS...RHACK...HAHAHA." Funny scene.
 


Funny scene from 'Training Wheels' as Wells explains to a little girl how he damaged her bike during an undercover assignment but the police department
would fix and pay for her bike. Great expression on her mad little face... and Ed's look is priceless. Filmed inside Stage 42 at Universal.


211 in progress at a car dealership on location on LANKERSHIM Blvd - car crashes through the doors, Malloy and Reed go in pursuit of the crazy driver but
call off the chase. The suspect TA's (Traffic Accident - now known as TC "Traffic Crash) and Ed Wells surprises Reed by agreeing that it was a good idea for
Adam-12 to call off the pursuit because the suspects erratic driving was placing other drivers in danger.


LOG 152 A DEAD COP: Malloy & Reed save crazy Ed Wells after he gets shot rushing into a situation with NO plan.  Marco Lopez (Wells partner) seen firing
his shotgun but as usual, says nothing. Wells is saved by Malloy and Reed.

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Adam-12 Producer Tom Williams notes the Holy Cross featured in Season 3, Episode 12 "Log 46-The Pilgrimage" is a well known landmark in Hollywood, but this was a replica created by the prop department and placed in Universal Studios Stage 12, which was a studio designed to look like an outdoors park and used for the entire scene. The actual Cross is still located high above a Hollywood hill and can be seen day or night off of the N/SB Hollywood 101 Freeway near the Vine St / Highland Ave exits



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The LAPD Gamewell Callboxes


 

The "Gamewell" boxes used on Adam-12 were props and were placed where needed for the scene.

GAMEWELL CALL-BOX HISTORY:
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The "Gamewell" call-box system was used in Los Angeles for almost a century. Beginning in 1899, the boxes were utilized for hourly call-ins by officers in the field, who all had fixed posts or walked footbeats. Call boxes were located in all patrol divisions, usually installed at intersections where two or more beats met. When practical, boxes were located along Division boundaries for efficiency and economy.

Early on, the policeman would open the box and pull a handle to identify himself to the city operator downtown. If there were no calls for him, he would receive a "two-bell" signal and be on his way. Three bells, however, meant there was a call for him; he would pick up the receiver and listen to a message telling him only to "See the man (or woman)," and the location - nothing more.

By about 1925, the system had been redesigned. There were over 500 call boxes throughout the city, each equipped with a Western Electric telephone handset, and they were now connected to the local Division station rather than to City Hall. (Except in the San Fernando Valley where there were standard rotary-dial business-line phones in the callboxes). At his appointed time each hour, the officer would pull a handle to identify his callbox to the Divisional operator, and then give his name. If there were any calls or messages pending for him, they would be given, otherwise he would simply be "marked off" as having called in for the hour, and would receive the two-bell "you are clear" signal.

In the 1970s, the remaining private-circuit "Gamewell" system was integrated into the city's "Centrex" telephone system; the antiquated street-corner phone-sets were replaced with push-button phones, and the two plug-and-cord Gamewell consoles in Communications Division were removed.


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The Final Episode
'Something Worth Dying For'

5/20/1975: Something Worth Dying For Season 7, Episode 24. Officer Jim Reed receives the Medal of Valor by real LAPD Chief Ed Davis. The scene ends with a close-up of Malloy applauding for his partner, then fade.

Unknown to the cast and crew, this would be the final episode as NBC would end the long running series after 7 years on the network. No one was ever notified by the network and most found out the show was canceled by reading about it in the Hollywood Trade Magazines. The final date of filming was December 12, 1974. Final air date: May 20, 1975.


 

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AFTER ADAM-12
 

In 1989, a new version of Adam-12 began airing in syndication starring John Wayne's son, Ethan Wayne and Peter Parros but only lasted one season. None of the original cast returned to reprise their roles. The show was awful. Watch the show open by clicking the picture

Milner and McCord reunited on October 21, 1989 for a TV movie called Nashville Beat. The two played former LAPD partners. Unfortunately, the production was unable to use the names Malloy and Reed,

but it was still them! Kent McCord co-wrote the story and it was basically Adam-12 reunited in Nashville. Too bad it was not picked up for series by The Nashville Network.

On September 18, 1997, Milner and McCord appeared as LAPD detectives in the “Murder Blues” episode of Diagnosis: Murder. The pair weren’t named Malloy and Reed however and did not resemble their former characters in this episode. In the 1990 feature film, Predator 2, Kent McCord plays Captain B. Pilgrim of the LAPD.

   

Milner and McCord in 'Nashville Beat' and 'Diagnosis Murder' Starring Dick Van Dyke. Watch a promotional video for the show from E! TV.
Starring former LAPD "TV" coppers:  Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Fred Dryer and Angie Dickenson as Sergeant Pepper Spray
(kidding!). Angie portrayed
Sergeant Pepper Anderson on the 1970's ABC-Television series 'Police Woman.'  Fred Dryer portrayed Sgt. Rick Hunter on NBC's '80s police series 'HUNTER."

SCENES FROM 'NASHVILLE BEAT.' Personal Note: I was truly saddened when TNN Network (now defunct) did not pick up 'NASHVILLE BEAT' for series -- It did not matter what names these guys were using... they were still Malloy & Reed and we knew them as good cops. Kent McCord produced an awesome Pilot and TNN missed the boat. I believe this show would have been popular and prosperous for the TNN Network, however, this really should have aired on NBC. -Dave Skyler


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Remembers Henry's Tacos in Studio City

Closed After 51 Years Of Service on Saturday, January 12, 2013
Click to read the LA Times Article

An ADAM-12 favorite location seen on many episodes, near Universal Studios and looked very much the same until it closed.

Pictured above: A couple of different scenes from Adam-12 featuring Henry's Tacos and a recent picture of the signs being removed after closing in January.


 

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1 Adam-12 Continue Patrol... After The Show
 


Kent McCord became a real reserve police officer for the Los Angeles School Police Department wearing the same badge number he wore in the show. He was a frequent speaker at assemblies and in classrooms working to create a bridge between kids and cops. Kent recently retired at the rank of lieutenant.


The patrol unit "One Adam-12" never existed in the LAPD. When Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck (a big fan of Adam-12) served as Central Division captain, he instituted the "Adam-12 Award" which honored productive officers by allowing them to ride Unit 1-A-12. The officer could pick and choose which calls to check on without having to do any paperwork. Beck invited McCord to ride-along with 1-A-12, finally providing Kent "Jim Reed" McCord the opportunity to say, "One-Adam-Twelve, roger" on the real LAPD radio frequency. See the LAPD Press Release and Picture below.



News Release
Thursday, April 10, 2003



"LAPD’s Central Area to Activate 1-Adam-12 Patrol Car"

Los Angeles: In an effort to celebrate and advance the rich history of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and to recognize the efforts of many of our employees, Car 1 "Adam" 12 will be activated as a special unit at the discretion of the Central Area Police Station Commanding Officer. The 1 "Adam" 12 basic car will be deployed as an emergency response unit in Central Division. In recognition of the cinematic history that is associated with the 1 "Adam" 12 call sign, all radio calls assigned to this unit will be broadcasted over the air by Communications Division personnel.

1 "Adam" 12 was a popular television show produced in the late 1960’s. This television drama showcased the LAPD, dramatizing the day-to-day activities of Officers Reed and Malloy who were assigned to uniformed patrol in the LAPD’s Central Patrol Division. Their patrol unit designation was 1 "Adam" 12, hence the name of the show. In real life, there has never actually been a unit with that designation, even though that call sign is universally recognized as a significant part of the history of the LAPD.

Only a select group of officers will be assigned to work the 1 "Adam" 12 patrol unit. Personnel selected to work this unit must have demonstrated outstanding duty performance. The 1 "Adam" 12 Officer Recognition Program is meant to promote the proud traditions of the LAPD and to recognize those selected officers for their outstanding work.

http://lapdonline.org/april_2003/news_view/21376

 

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