Watching The Detectives: Baretta

Even at the tender age of 8 I just knew, knew, that it was Sammy Davis Jr. singing the theme to Baretta.

I also just knew, knew, that in one episode that I was witnessing the the entire dynamic acting spectrum of star Robert Blake. Which wasn’t much.

Nice touches, such as Baretta’s pet Cockatoo Fred, and curmudgeonly old Hotel Manager Billy Truman added a bit of the comedic element. We always liked Baretta’s worn out 1966 Impala 4 door, “The Blue Ghost”, since we had a rather pristine blue 1966 Impala 2 door (with a very eager 327!).

But the nicest touch of all:

Little Moe – Midget snitch and shoeshine boy. You can never go wrong with midgets.

SO please, don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.

And that’s the name of dat tune.






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