Sarge (TV series)
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|Created by||David Levy|
|Theme music composer||David Shire|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||David Levy|
|Cinematography||Richard A. Kelley
Jacques R. Marquette
|Running time||44 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television
|Original run||September 21, 1971– January 11, 1972|
|Preceded by||Sarge: The Badge or the Cross|
Kennedy stars as Samuel Patrick Cavanaugh, a San Diego police detective sergeant who decides to retire and enter the priesthood after his wife is murdered. Sarge had initially studied for the priesthood prior to his police career, but his seminary studies were interrupted by military service during World War II.
The series, which ran in 1971, was preceded by a pilot titled Sarge: The Badge or the Cross, which set the premise for the subsequent series. One week before the show's fall premiere, Cavanaugh travelled to San Francisco because of the death of a friend and fellow priest. His investigation caused him to cross paths with the characters from Ironside in a two-hour special that consolidated the two series' consecutive time slots. This has been subsequently seen as a TV-movie, The Priest Killer.
The series was set in San Diego and the pilot movie was filmed primarily on location. However, when the series went into production, episodes were filmed in Los Angeles. The parish church used was St. Peter's Italian Catholic Church on North Broadway in Chinatown.
George Kennedy's character was originally Sarge Swanson in the pilot movie. Starting with the Ironside crossover episode, and for the rest of the series, his last name was changed from Swanson to Cavanaugh. Supporting actor Ramon Bieri played Sarge's police contact. In the pilot, his name was Chief Dewey, but was changed to Lt. Barney Verick, chief of detectives, for the series. Sallie Shockley and Harold Sakata reprised their roles from the pilot movie for the series. Dana Elcar also appeared in the pilot, as well as the series, as Father Frank Dinsmore.
- Father John Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan - a similar priest character who solves crimes in novels written by Andrew Greeley
- Father Frank Dowling - priest character created by Ralph McInerny who solves crimes in several novels written by McInerny and in the subsequent TV show