Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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The Car 

A car thief's conscience haunts him twenty-five years after the fact. An overzealous sanitation officer goes haywire. Levitt saves a child from certain danger.


Bruce Bilson


Nat Mauldin, Danny Arnold (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
Joe Regalbuto ... Officer Earl Slatic-Sanitation Police
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Burt Boskin
Larry Gelman ... Joseph Hilyer
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Miss Louise Shawcross


A car thief's conscience haunts him twenty-five years after the fact. An overzealous sanitation officer goes haywire. Levitt saves a child from certain danger.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

12 November 1981 (USA) See more »

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Four D Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Whitewall tires refer to tires that have a white stripe along the sidewall of the tire. See more »


The car stolen (a 1957 DeSoto) was stolen in 1957, nearly 25 years before the setting of the episode. Since the owner would have to insure the vehicle, they would have been compensated her for the loss of the car when she reported it stolen. The car would have belonged to the insurance company then and not the "owner" who was called down to the station. See more »

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Larry Gelman and Joe Regalbuto
9 August 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Car" features Larry Gelman (third of four) as Joseph Hilyer, who takes a swing at Wojo, before learning that the De Soto he drives doesn't belong to him; he stole it from Miss Louise Shawcross (Alice Backes) some 24 years earlier! (he claims he was depressed about Sputnik). Joe Regalbuto (second of two) plays Sanitation Officer Earl Slatic, who becomes so annoyed with one particular litterbug that he fires a warning shot over his head without just cause ("well you don't make a mess on my beat and just walk away!"). Pat McNamara plays Burt Boskin, his superior from the Department of Sanitation, who decides to leave Slatic to his deserved fate (Boskin: "the gun stays in the holster unless your life is on the line!" Slatic: "that guy was two feet from a trash can!"). Levitt is assigned to drive off some kids from climbing all over the equipment at a construction site. As it turns out, he saves a boy from falling from 10 floors up, suffering a fractured wrist and neck sprain from his heroic effort (Barney decides to put his name up for a Medal of Valor). Meanwhile, Harris makes his peace with Barney and his squad mates, admitting that he hasn't been able to write a thing since "Blood on the Badge."

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