Police Story (1973–1987)
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Cop in the Middle 

Rollins is a detective on the take--he gives a mobster warnings of upcoming busts on his bookmaking parlors. But things escalate dangerously when the mobster wants a much larger favor than Rollins is willing to give.


Gary Nelson


Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Sy Salkowitz | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Christopher George ... Doug Rollins
Glenn Corbett ... Val
John Ericson ... Lieutenant Charlie Parks
Albert Paulsen ... Reggie
Brandon Cruz ... Victor Rollins
Abby Dalton ... Liz Rollins
Scott Brady ... Vinnie
Ken Swofford ... Morgan
Sid Haig ... Dell
Tom Reddin ... Police Chief
Don 'Red' Barry ... Wolfe (as Don Barry)
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Lieutenant Avery
Robert Casper ... Apartment Manager
Robert Karvelas Robert Karvelas ... Desk Man
Peter Colt Peter Colt ... Sergeant


Rollins is a detective on the take--he gives a mobster warnings of upcoming busts on his bookmaking parlors. But things escalate dangerously when the mobster wants a much larger favor than Rollins is willing to give.

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Release Date:

29 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Throughout the episode, the character played by Glenn Corbett is referred to as Don. The opening credits lists Corbett playing a character named Val. See more »

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Sad story about cop who makes one mistake
14 November 2019 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Three of my favorites star in this excellent but heart-breaking entry: Chris George, Glenn Corbett, and Donald Barry.

The cast is just one reason to watch this. The story is another.

Police spend a lot of time and energy and manpower -- meaning taxpayer money -- trying to topple a leading criminal ... but, wait: Is he really a criminal?

The target of this police activity, at such taxpayer expense, is a gambling czar.

He offers a service to certain people who are after that proverbial "something for nothing." Which includes almost every person, such as the one who plays the horses, or who plays bingo at a church, or who buys a state-sponsored lottery ticket, or who plays a football pool at the workplace.

In the Los Angeles area, where the "Police Story" dramas take place, are several horse-racing facilities, and they also offer gambling.

Heck, Las Vegas is a short bus or train or plane ride or short drive, and there certainly is every kind of gambling there.

But non-licensed, non-government-sanctioned, gambling is still illegal. For reasons primarily of enforcing the moral and/or religious code of some people.

And such so-called "victimless crimes," or "consensual crimes," are still the primary focus of police all across these United States.

Since even the respective police officers themselves often see no real crime in gambling, they can sometimes become susceptible to bribes.

That kind of corruption is at the center of this show.

I hate to see Chris George play a bad guy, though he is so talented, he makes his character awfully believable. And I think most of us will still pull for him, wanting him to be able to make everything right.

How his character works out the situation is convoluted and tricky, but I think the most important lesson is this: Government has no business telling people how to live their own lives.

Trying to outlaw vices is both foolish and immoral, and creating such laws does more to create crime and, worse, to lead to corruption of law enforcement agencies.

Chris George and his fellow performers and the writers of "Cop in the Middle" have, as usual, given us an engrossing hour; but they have also given us a lot to think about.

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