In 1957, Hal Roach Studios and producer Ben Fox brought the fastpaced police drama Code 3 to television. It starred Richard Travis as Sheriff George Barrett of the Los Angeles County Police Department with Denver Pyle as Sgt. Murchison and Fredd Wayne as Sgt. Bill Hollis. Like its sister series Dragnet, Code 3 featured true crime cases – this time from the files of the search & rescue branch of the Los Angeles Police Department – always “changing the names to protect the innocent.” At the end of most of the broadcasts, the real-life Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Eugene W. Biscailuz, made an appearance to recap that night’s adventure.
Code 3 enjoyed a healthy run in television syndication and featured supporting players: Christopher Dark, Robert Armstrong (King Kong), James Anderson, Harlan Warde, Douglas Kennedy, William Schallert, Ray Montgomery, Peter Leeds, Stacy Keach, Sr. (Get Smart), Richard Sargent (Bewitched), Russell Johnson (Gilligan’s Island), John Archer, DeForest Kelley (Star Trek), Mike Connors (Mannix), Claude Akins, Guy Williams (Zorro), Harry Bartell (Dragnet), Mae Clarke and James Best (Dukes of Hazard).
This Code 3 collection contains all 39 episodes from this great police procedural series.