Ironside: Tagged for Murder
"I just personally wish that Bruce Lee had been on hand to kick at least one of the bad guys' asses in that scene, even if Ironside's assistants had to restrain him in the end."
- Alvin George
Ironside: Tagged for Murder (1967)
Director: Charles S. Dubin
Cast: Raymond Burr, Barbara Anderson, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Jack Kelly, Bruce Lee
Writer: Arthur Weingarten
Producer: Collier Young (executive producer), James McAdams
Running Time: 48 min.
Plot: In this episode of the 1967-75 TV series, San Francisco chief of detectives Robert Ironside and his young assistants investigate a WWII veteran's suspicious death.
ALVIN GEORGE'S REVIEW: "Ironside" was an American television series that aired on NBC during the late 1960s and early 1970s. So why am I reviewing a certain 1967 "Ironside" episode for City on Fire, a web site dedicted to Asian and Asian-related films? Well, "Tagged for Murder" features a young Bruce Lee, then late of that short-lived series known as "The Green Hornet." Much to my relative disappointment, Lee only appears in one scene in the entire episode. That one scene, however, provides an adequate showcase of the Dragon's martial-arts prowess, even if the sounds he seems to make during the fights can't quite hold a candle to those he would later make in "Enter the Dragon." And, yes, this being a late-1960s American television show, the fights are quite tame. (Then again, Bruce WAS teaching a class as opposed to fighting bad dudes.)
ALVIN GEORGE'S RATING: 7.5/10