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Baretta

By Patrick Mondout

Before actor Robert Blake became notorious as the accused killer of his wife, he was Detective Tony Baretta, one of a new breed of unconventional television detectives in the Super70s. He was a t-shirt and blue-jean wearing single detective who lived in a run-down old hotel and worked cases without a partner.

A street-wise orphaned descendent of Italian immigrants, Baretta was able to go undercover in the underworld unnoticed. This was one hip cop whose pet bird (a Cockatoo named Fred) made him a favorite with a younger audience.

$1000 a Week - For a Bird?

Fred, Baretta's Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo, made $1,000-a-week for its trainer, Ray Berwick. Ray purchased the Chinese-speaking bird from Hong Kong and had to teach it English. Berwick worked on the 1962 hit Birdman of Alcatraz starring Burt Lancaster and also worked with thousands of birds for Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic The Birds. Ray Berwick died of a heart attack on July 2, 1990 at age 75.

Partial Spin-Off

Baretta actually owes it existence to an overworked actor on another series. Actor Tony Musante starred as Detective David Toma on ABC's Toma during the 1973-74 season. He left the show after the first season saying that he did not like the pressures of shooting a weekly show.

ABC was pleased with the moderately successful first-year show and brought in Robert Blake to take over the lead role. The show's producers also changed the location from New York to California. They eventually decided they had made enough changes to the show to call it something different and thus was born Baretta.

Our Gang

Actor Robert Blake (real name: Michael James Vijencio Gubitosi) started out as a child actor in the "Oug Gang" series of the late 1930s and 40s but got the part of a lifetime when he played real-life murderer Perry Smith in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood in 1967.

Episode List

Here is a complete list of the four seasons of Baretta:

# Date Title
1 January 17, 1975 He'll Never See Daylight Again
2 January 24, 1975 The Five And A Half Pound Junkie
3 January 31, 1975 Woman In The Harbor
4 February 7, 1975 If You Can't Pay The Price
5 February 14, 1975 Half A Million Dollar Baby
6 February 28, 1975 Ragtime Billy Peaches
7 March 7, 1975 The Coppelli Oath
8 March 14, 1975 Walk Like You Talk
9 April 2, 1975 The Mansion
10 April 9, 1975 Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow
11 April 16, 1975 The Secret Of Terry Lake
12 April 30, 1975 This Ain't My Bag
13 September 10, 1975 The Good-Bye Orphan Annie Blues
14 September 17, 1975 The Glory Game
15 September 24, 1975 On The Road
16 October 1, 1975 Nobody In A Nothing Place
17 October 8, 1975 The Fire Man
18 October 15, 1975 Double Image
19 October 22, 1975 Photography By John Doe
20 October 29, 1975 Set Up City
21 November 5, 1975 A Bite Of The Apple
22 November 12, 1975 When Dues Come Down
23 November 19, 1975 And Down Will Come Baby
24 November 26, 1975 Count The Days I'm Gone
25 December 17, 1975 Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth
26 January 7, 1976 The Left Hand Of The Devil
27 January 14, 1976 Murder For Me
28 January 28, 1976 Pay Or Die
29 February 18, 1976 The Blood Bond
30 February 25, 1976 The Dippers
31 March 3, 1976 Dead Man Out
32 March 17, 1976 Death On The Run
33 March 24, 1976 Aggie
34 September 22, 1976 The Ninja
35 September 29, 1976 Playin' Police
36 October 6, 1976 Runway Cowboy
37 October 13, 1976 Street Edition
38 October 20, 1976 They Don't Make 'Em Like They Use To
39 October 27, 1976 Shoes
40 November 3, 1976 Under The City
41 November 10, 1976 Dear Tony
42 November 24, 1976 Crazy Annie
43 December 1, 1976 Nothin' For Nothin'
44 December 15, 1976 Can't Win For Losin'
45 December 22, 1976 Look Back In Terror
46 December 29, 1976 The Big Hand's On Trouble
47 January 12, 1977 Don't Kill The Sparrow
48 January 19, 1977 That Sister Ain't No Cousin
49 January 26, 1977 Open Season
50 February 2, 1977 The Reunion
51 February 9, 1977 Not On Our Block
52 February 16, 1977 The Runaways
53 February 23, 1977 Everybody Pays The Fare
54 March 9, 1977 Think Mink
55 March 16, 1977 Carla
56 March 30, 1977 Big Bad Charlie
57 April 6, 1977 Guns And Brothers
58 September 28, 1977 New Girl In Town
59 October 19, 1977 Lyman P. Doffer, Fed.
60 October 26, 1977 The Sky Is Falling
61 November 2, 1977 It's Hard, But It's Fair
62 November 16, 1977 Buddy
63 November 23, 1977 Por Nada
64 November 30, 1977 Who Can Make The Sunshine?
65 December 7, 1977 All That Shatters
66 December 21, 1977 It Goes With The Job
67 January 4, 1978 Hot Horse
68 January 11, 1978 Why Me?
69 January 18, 1978 I'll Take You To Lunch
70 February 2, 1978 It's A Boy
71 February 9, 1978 Just For Laughs
72 February 16, 1978 The Marker
73 February 23, 1978 The Stone Conspiracy
74 March 9, 1978 The Appointment
75 March 23, 1978 Woman Trouble
76 March 30, 1978 The Gadjo
77 April 6, 1978 Barney
78 May 4, 1978 The Dream
79 May 11, 1978 The Snake Chaser
80 May 18, 1978 The Bundle

 

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Your Memories Shared!

The third installment of the second season titled "On the Road" guest starred Mackenzie Phillips, Strother Martin and Garey Busey. This episode was unique in that it strayed from the typical Baretta storyline as our hero is taken hostage by two cop killing drifters. Phillips plays a runaway purse snatcher that gets snared into the plot. The acting and tension is intense by all. Baretta was the best of the 70s cop shows. Though it's dated with its 70s overtones, the characters are timeless and would hold up even in a 21st century show just fine. My best to Robert Blake.

--Moxxxxxxy

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: January 17, 1975 - June 1, 1978

Cast: Robert Blake, Dana Elcar, Edward Grover (Lt. Hal Brubaker), Tom Ewell (Billy Truman)

Network: ABC

Genre: Police Drama

Theme songKeep Your Eye on the Sparrow, performed by Sammy Davis Jr.

Image courtesy of ABC


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