Dr. Simon Locke (on-screen title is Doctor Simon Locke) is a Canadian medical drama that was syndicated to television stations in the United States from 1971 to 1974 through the sponsorship of Colgate-Palmolive.

Dr. Simon Locke
(a.k.a. "Police Surgeon")
Created byChester Krumholz and Wilton Schiller for Dorian-Bentwood Productions
StarringSam Groom as Dr. Simon Locke
Jack Albertson as Dr. Andrew Sellers (1971–1972)
Larry D. Mann as Lt. Jack Gordon (1972–1974)
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes101
Production
Executive producer(s)Wilton Schiller
Murray Chercover for CTV
Producer(s)Chester Krumholz
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)The ValJon Production Company (Dr. Simon Locke)
Four Star International (Dr. Simon Locke/Police Surgeon)
Viacom Enterprises (Dr. Simon Locke)
CTV Television Network (Police Surgeon)
Sterno Productions Limited (Police Surgeon)
DistributorSFM Entertainment
Release
Original networkSyndication (1971–1974)
CTV (1972–1974)
Original release1971 –
1975

PlotEdit

The series was initially a medical drama that originated from the fictional rural town of Dixon Mills, where a young physician, Dr. Simon Locke (played by soap star Sam Groom), arrived in town to assist veteran physician Dr. Andrew Sellers (played by veteran actor Jack Albertson). The plot lines were more fitting for a big city medical drama, including a typhoid epidemic, child abuse, and even a murder. The series co-starred Len Birman as Sheriff Dan Palmer and Nuala Fitzgerald as Nurse Louise Wynn.

In 1972, Albertson left the series, and the series was renamed Police Surgeon, where Dr. Locke moved back to the city and worked for the police department's emergency unit, where he assists the cops in solving crimes that require medical research. The reworked series also starred Larry D. Mann as Locke's superior, Lieutenant Jack Gordon, with Len Birman returning in his role, now as Lieutenant Dan Palmer. Nerene Virgin played Ellie the Dispatcher in over thirty episodes of the reworked series, best known for her "3-M-D-9" radio call. The series also featured guest stars such as William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Donald Pleasence, and Keenan Wynn. Additionally, a then-unknown John Candy made his TV debut in the 1975 episode "Web of Guilt".[1]

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Premiered: Ended: On-screen title
1 26 13 September 1971 (1971-09-13) 6 March 1972 (1972-03-06) Doctor Simon Locke
2 26 11 September 1972 (1972-09-11) 12 March 1973 (1973-03-12) Police Surgeon
3 26 10 September 1973 (1973-09-10) 11 March 1974 (1974-03-11)
4 26 5 September 1974 (1974-09-05) 6 March 1975 (1975-03-06)

Episode listEdit

Season 1: 1971–72Edit

Ep Title Original air date
11"The Day Simon Locke Came to Dixon Mills"13 September 1971 (1971-09-13)
22"Gun Point"20 September 1971 (1971-09-20)
33"Max"27 September 1971 (1971-09-27)
44"Walden Lost"4 October 1971 (1971-10-04)
55"Death Is a Wanderer"11 October 1971 (1971-10-11)
66"Royal Treatment"18 October 1971 (1971-10-18)
77"Death Holds the Scales"25 October 1971 (1971-10-25)
88"The Cage"1 November 1971 (1971-11-01)
99"Bad Blood"8 November 1971 (1971-11-08)
1010"Where Are the Lucky Stars"15 November 1971 (1971-11-15)
1111"The Hero"22 November 1971 (1971-11-22)
1212"Two Points of a Pitchfork: Part 1"29 November 1971 (1971-11-29)
1313"Two Points of a Pitchfork: Part 2"6 December 1971 (1971-12-06)
1414"The Healer"13 December 1971 (1971-12-13)
1515"Crash"20 December 1971 (1971-12-20)
1616"The Perfect Specimen"27 December 1971 (1971-12-27)
1717"Coo-Coo in the Nest"3 January 1972 (1972-01-03)
1818"The Man Who Hunted Hunters"10 January 1972 (1972-01-10)
1919"Too Many Candles"17 January 1972 (1972-01-17)
2020"Child of Slience"24 January 1972 (1972-01-24)
2121"Dark Future"31 January 1972 (1972-01-31)
2222"The Cortessa Rose"7 February 1972 (1972-02-07)
2323"The Meddler"14 February 1972 (1972-02-14)
2424"Quiet Sunday"21 February 1972 (1972-02-21)
2525"Marooned"28 February 1972 (1972-02-28)
2626"The Wanderer"6 March 1972 (1972-03-06)

Season 2: 1972–73Edit

Ep Title Original air date
271"The Text According to Gracie"11 September 1972 (1972-09-11)
282"Lady X"18 September 1972 (1972-09-18)
293"Ten Kilos to Nowhere"25 September 1972 (1972-09-25)
304"Confined Panic"2 October 1972 (1972-10-02)
315"The Caller"9 October 1972 (1972-10-09)
326"Blackmail"16 October 1972 (1972-10-16)
337"Summer Sunday"23 October 1972 (1972-10-23)
348"Crossfire"30 October 1972 (1972-10-30)
359"Time Out"6 November 1972 (1972-11-06)
3610"High Tension"13 November 1972 (1972-11-13)
3711"Night Watch"20 November 1972 (1972-11-20)
3812"No Place to Hide"27 November 1972 (1972-11-27)
3913"One Way to Heaven"4 December 1972 (1972-12-04)
4014"Bust Out"11 December 1972 (1972-12-11)
4115"Shadows"18 December 1972 (1972-12-18)
4216"Castle Queen"1 January 1973 (1973-01-01)
4317"Veil of Death"8 January 1973 (1973-01-08)
4418"Assassin"15 January 1973 (1973-01-15)
4519"A Deadly Favor"22 January 1973 (1973-01-22)
4620"Requiem for a Canary"29 January 1973 (1973-01-29)
4721"4th and Cherry: Code Three"5 February 1973 (1973-02-05)
4822"Death in the Last Row"12 February 1973 (1973-02-12)
4923"Kill the Apple Tree"19 February 1973 (1973-02-19)
5024"Ordeal"26 February 1973 (1973-02-26)
5125"A Bullet for the General"5 March 1973 (1973-03-05)
5226"Death Holds an Auction"12 March 1973 (1973-03-12)

Season 3: 1973–74Edit

Ep Title Original air date
531"Ticket to Nowhere"10 September 1973 (1973-09-10)
542"An Equal Right to Die"17 September 1973 (1973-09-17)
553"The Judas Goat of Ebony Street"24 September 1973 (1973-09-24)
564"Star Witness"1 October 1973 (1973-10-01)
575"Killing Favors"8 October 1973 (1973-10-08)
586"Losers, Weepers"15 October 1973 (1973-10-15)
597"Body Count"22 October 1973 (1973-10-22)
608"Deadly Exchange"29 October 1973 (1973-10-29)
619"A Very Quiet Street"5 November 1973 (1973-11-05)
6210"Kiss and Kill"12 November 1973 (1973-11-12)
6311"Dark Pages"19 November 1973 (1973-11-19)
6412"For an Encore, Murder"26 November 1973 (1973-11-26)
6513"Lies"3 December 1973 (1973-12-03)
6614"Vengeance"10 December 1973 (1973-12-10)
6715"At the Stroke of Death"17 December 1973 (1973-12-17)
6816"Dangerous Windfall"31 December 1973 (1973-12-31)
6917"Smash Up"7 January 1974 (1974-01-07)
7018"A Taste of the Sun"14 January 1974 (1974-01-14)
7119"North Light"21 January 1974 (1974-01-21)
7220"The Importer"28 January 1974 (1974-01-28)
7321"House Guest"4 February 1974 (1974-02-04)
7422"Portrait of Florenza"11 February 1974 (1974-02-11)
7523"Man Outside"18 February 1974 (1974-02-18)
7624"Borrowed Trouble"25 February 1974 (1974-02-25)
7725"A Bagfull of Dreams"4 March 1974 (1974-03-04)
7826"A Sound from Edward Sanchez"11 March 1974 (1974-03-11)

Season 4: 1974–75Edit

Ep Title Original air date
791"He Is Among Us"5 September 1974 (1974-09-05)
802"Man in the Middle"12 September 1974 (1974-09-12)
813"Secrets"19 September 1974 (1974-09-19)
824"Target: Ms. Blue"26 September 1974 (1974-09-26)
835"The Militant"3 October 1974 (1974-10-03)
846"Bad Apple"10 October 1974 (1974-10-10)
857"No More Brass Bands"17 October 1974 (1974-10-17)
868"Final Approach"24 October 1974 (1974-10-24)
879"Fatal Deception"31 October 1974 (1974-10-31)
8810"The Killer"7 November 1974 (1974-11-07)
8911"Lady Be Dead"14 November 1974 (1974-11-14)
9012"The Loser"21 November 1974 (1974-11-21)
9113"Stairwell"28 November 1974 (1974-11-28)
9214"Time Bomb"5 December 1974 (1974-12-05)
9315"My Son, My Son"12 December 1974 (1974-12-12)
9416"Cry Murder"19 December 1974 (1974-12-19)
9517"Requiem for an Animal"2 January 1975 (1975-01-02)
9618"Mannequin"9 January 1975 (1975-01-09)
9719"Insight to Murder"16 January 1975 (1975-01-16)
9820"Web of Guilt"23 January 1975 (1975-01-23)
9921"Vanished"30 January 1975 (1975-01-30)
10022"Angel of Mercy"6 February 1975 (1975-02-06)
10123"Run Harry Run"13 February 1975 (1975-02-13)
10224"Pint of Friendship"20 February 1975 (1975-02-20)
10325"Halfway House"27 February 1975 (1975-02-27)
10426"Sing a Sad Song"6 March 1975 (1975-03-06)

Syndication/current airingsEdit

While this series appeared on some stations in Canada in syndication, CTV, which co-produced this series under network president Murray Chercover, did not offer this series to its affiliates until 1972, when the show became Police Surgeon.

In December 2014, it was announced that the Retro Television Network would begin broadcasting reruns of Police Surgeon.

Filming locationsEdit

Season one episodes were filmed in the village of Kleinburg, Ontario and the surrounding area, as well as at and around the Valley Halla Estate on the Toronto Zoo grounds. Season two was shot strictly in Toronto, Ontario.[2] One episode from season 1 was shot at the old Markham, Ontario water tower in a story involving a mute boy who dangerously climbs the tower. Other season 1 scenes were shot at Highland Creek in Scarborough, Ontario, and at the old ski hill on Twyn Rivers Road in Pickering, Ontario.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Episode Guide – Police Surgeon (Series) (1971–1975)
    Jan 23, 1975 – "Web of Guilt" Dr Locke intervenes when a woman judge (Nancy Olson) endangers herself by becoming too protective of her brother who is accused of murder. Richie: John Candy. Bonnie: Helen Shaver. Scharfman: Don McGill.
  2. ^ "Police Surgeon". Retrieved 5 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh (Ballantine Books, 1988 edition)

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