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The Priest Killer was the second TV pilot film starring George Kennedy as Sarge, a cop-turned-priest-turned-amateur-cop (the first was The Badge or the Cross). This second effort served as the first 2-hour episode of the Sarge series proper on September 14, 1971. The case at hand: an unknown assassin is going around killing Catholic priests for no discernible reason. Sarge tries to solve the mystery, but finds he's shorthanded. He turns to another TV detective, Robert Ironside (Raymond Burr) for help--a rare instance of a "crossover" in a TV movie, and one carefully calculated to pump up the ratings of Sarge, which needed all the pumping it could get. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi