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KNIGHT RIDER: DEADLY MANEUVERS

October 1, 1982
SEASON 1, EPISODE 3
Production #57305
Filmed: August 20-30, 1982 (4)
Reruns: July 15, 1983

Writers: ..................... William Schmidt &
.............................. Bob Shayne
Contributing Writer: ......... Steven E. de Souza
Director: .................... Paul Stanley

SYNOPSIS:

Michael and K.I.T.T. investigate the murder of a young army lieutenant's father, and stumble upon a plot to sell tactical nuclear weapons to a foreign power.

CAST LIST:

Gen. Duncton: ................ Alan Oppenheimer
Major Sanderson: ............. Allen Williams
Sgt. Perkins: ................ Ron Kuhlman
Lt. Robin Ladd: .............. Devon Ericson
Lt. Hugh Rainey: ............. Andre Harvey
Col. Ernest Ladd: ............ Thomas Gilleran
Cpl. Cotler: ................. Dennis Kerwin
Cpl. James: .................. Danil Torppe
MP # 2: ...................... James Lough
MP # 1: ...................... Peter Harrell
Cpl. Webb: ................... Judy Johns
Sanj: ........................ Jeff Silverman
Soldier: ..................... Greg Norberg
Fat Soldier: ................. Charles Bazaldua

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TRIVIA:

Guest star Alan Oppenheimer remembers Knight Rider: "I did two [Knight Riders]. I did the very first one [after the Pilot Episode], and another one a couple of years later [Custom Made Killer]. I still see David Hasselhoff in restaurants around town. He's a very nice guy, a very bright guy."

This is the only episode outside of the Pilot not to feature Richard Basehart's narration over the opening titles.

K.I.T.T.'s alpha-circuit is damaged after an incident in which he tows Lt. Ladd's car. In Season Three's episode K.I.T.T. Vs. K.A.R.R., K.A.R.R. suffers a similar problem after resisting a tow on the beach.

Plans to include the towing scenes in the episode were scrapped after the K.I.T.T. car broke down several times during filming!

Lt. Rainey finds the following cards in Michael's wallet: "Michael Knight, Speedy Repairman"; "Michael Knight, Quick Carpet Cleaner"; "M. Knight, Enterprises - Swedish Massage While-U-Wait."

Several actors can be seen in later episodes. Aside from Alan Oppenheimer, Allen Williams returns in Knights of the Fast Lane and Thomas Gilleran gets murdered again in Mouth of the Snake.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

The early drafts feature a lot of character comedy between the stars of the show, very little of which makes it to the finished episode.

Throughout the second draft script, the Foundation is trying to wrap up a union case, but the lawyers are unable to control their client -- a huge brute of a man named Mr. Feltzer. In an amusing twist, it's Devon who manages to overcome him. All references to this scenario are cut in later drafts in favor of Michael and K.I.T.T. having an unspecified mission waiting.

Michael makes a reference that he is still a military officer "in the Reserves...as Michael Long." The line is justifiably cut, since Michael Long is legally dead.

Cpl. Webb replaced two other officers, Kosko and Weiss, who provided more comic relief. A few other interesting changes include Lt. Ladd being locked inside a "house" on the Ordinance Testing Field, and Michael using his keys to get into K.I.T.T.

SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 8/10/82
SCRIPT - 5TH DRAFT - REV. 8/23/82

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LOCATIONS:

College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Valencia, CA 91355

Target Zone
Newhall Land & Farming, Sun Oil, Newhall

Fort MacArthur
3601 S. Gaffey St., Los Angeles, CA 90731

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BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

Ricky Don't Lose That Number
- Steely Dan

VEHICLES:

1982 Ford Escort
1983 Isuzu P'up
1973 Ford F-8000
GMC General
1968 Ford F-Series
1944 Fisher M4 A3 E8 'Sherman'
Allis-Chalmers M4

K.I.T.T.'S FUNCTIONS:

Alpha Circuit
Auto Cruise
Auto Phone
Flame Thrower
Ground-To-Air Surveillance
Loudspeaker System
Odds Calculator
Pursuit Mode
Radar
Rocket Booster
Signal
Surveillance Mode