Baretta (1975–1978)
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Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow 

Baretta's childlike old neighborhood friend Willy "Burt Young" might be behind a string of robberies.


Don Medford


Stephen J. Cannell (created by), Paul A. Magistretti (as Paul Magistretti)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Det. Tony Baretta
Dana Elcar ... Lt. Shiller
Burt Young ... Willy
Tom Ewell ... Billy Truman
Michael D. Roberts ... Rooster
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Corinne (as Mary Wilcox)
Will Hare ... Haskins
Sharon Cintron Sharon Cintron ... Policewoman
Richmond Johnson Richmond Johnson ... Judge (as Richmond F. Johnson)
Marcus J. Grapes Marcus J. Grapes ... Defense Attorney
Ian Sander Ian Sander ... George
Sandy Ward ... Guard
Joseph Hacker ... Patrolman


With a wave of thefts hitting the city, a frustrated Baretta searches for who he thinks might be responsible, possibly juvenile delinquents, but his sweet, mentally-challenged friend Willy "Burt Young", who reads Robin Hood comic books, could be the prime suspect. Written by TheFearmakers

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Release Date:

9 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the three episodes included on the "Best of Baretta" DVD. See more »


References The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946) See more »

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So moving tale
22 January 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I really put this episode apart, because of the story. Not really a crime scheme with by bad gangsters. No. You have Burt Young in one of his best performances ever, at even a better scale than the ones he showed with the ROCKY series. Let me explain. We watch him a s simple minded guy, a gentle fellow unable to hurt anyone, but who unfortunately brings bad luck on him and his friends in particular. And you have guessed that he is a good pal of our lead Robert - Baretta - Blake. Burt Young is absolutely terrific here. The perfect character for him, he is so moving, every one among the audiences wants to help him. Poor guy asking for love, for help, who has only Baretta as a friend. Look out for the sequence where the two of them are in the old bus, in the car cemetery. One of the best of the whole show that may make you weep. I am not joking. Although don't expect any car chase or gun fight.

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