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Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S02E03 "For the Love of God" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#3

Added: 31 July 2017 15:59:10 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

For whatever reason I never really cared for "A Wrongful Death". I've seen it at least twice but it never engaged me the way "Daisies on His Coffin" or "Pig in a Blanket" on FIVE-O do. Luckily the next 3 were all superior episodes. I think "Betrayed" is a very good episode. In fact I think it's one of the first episodes I saw. Another in the line of great episodes directed by William Hale. I love the bank robbery and love triangle story here. Martin Sheen excels in playing these young ambitious executive yuppie types! Collin Wilcox (best remembered as the white trash Mayella Ewell in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, who accuses Brock Peters of raping her) is very good as the woman in desperate need of Sheen's love. Lenore Kasdorf was always a looker!

Added: 31 July 2017 12:06:58 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I think Betrayed is a well-acted and solid Streets Of SF episode. Martin Sheen as a younger actor usually played these young businessman or lawyer types. A guy with upward mobility and drive. This time, Sheen plays Dean Knox a stockbroker type who intends to rob a bank and replace some embezzled funds. Knox pretends to love a bank employee Kate Evans and receives info about the bank schedule. Kate recognizes Knox voice during the bank robbery and a gold watch that is exposed when his shirt cuff lifts. Knox strikes her as she moves towards him. A beautiful woman Lindsay Campbell rounds out the love triangle. She's incredibly rich and sexy who Knox hopes to marry. Evans is in her early 40's. Her biological clock is ticking and possibly her last chance at romance. Even though Knox robbed the bank, she's willing to forgive that for love. There's a great scene when Evans confronts Lindsay. Kate's marking her territory and willing to do what it takes to keep Knox.
Time runs out for Dean Knox thanks to some great Stone & Keller investigative work. He intends to murder Kate Evans up on some cliffs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. She knows that he robbed the bank and killed the guard. Keller & Stone save Kate just in time. I would give Betrayed 3 stars but I think Mr. Mike's grade of 2 1/2 stars is quite sufficient. JC

Added: 31 July 2017 01:10:21 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S02E02 - "Betrayed" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#2

Added: 30 July 2017 20:16:21 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

A Wrongful Death is a solid episode in the Streets Of SF catalogue. Inspector Keller has a detective's worst nightmare. Shooting someone who is later found unarmed. This victim just a kid really Spencer. We have this happen in HFO episodes several times. And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin, Pig In A Blanket, "V" for Vashon The Patriarch etc. These are usually emotional episodes. The victims families are rightfully angry and usually want justice. The shooter this time it's Keller. Stone & Keller with strong investigating and shoe leather unravel the truth. AL was authentic as an emotional Dad losing a son. I have to admit Stone catching Lonnie a little farfetched. The Epilog was okay. The Cannery scene was well-done. Spencer being shot and the rest of the gang escaping. Justice for Keller! JC

Added: 30 July 2017 17:52:40 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S02E01 - A Wrongful Death review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#1

Added: 29 July 2017 20:48:40 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Regarding SOSF season 5 and its updated (not for the better) theme song.... I didn't mind the tweaking of the Five-O theme from season to season at all because it was barely noticeable. In fact I never even knew it was tweaked every season until I discovered it here. I always thought it was the same theme used from beginning to end. You have to listen pretty darn hard to hear the differences. The one that stands out the most is probably the season 10 one because it opens up with these cool rolling drums (more "drummy" than usual) but the rest sound almost identical. With the SOSF season 5 theme it's very obvious that it's tweaked. In fact it's more than just tweaked. It has this bland and tin-ny sound (lacking the drums of the earlier 4 seasons). It just lacks that cool groove!

Regarding Douglas I found it interesting that when he was nominated for an Emmy for this show he was in the Best Supporting Actor category. I always saw him as more of an equal with Malden. A duo crime-fighting team. This was different from Five-O where Lord was the head honcho and the other 3 men were clearly beneath him. McGarrett would be in his office and hand out orders to each of his 3 men to go here, do this, check that, etc. Whereas Stone and Keller would typically be out crime-solving together. It would be rare for Keller to be out there doing the leg work and reporting back to Stone in the office. There seemed to be a more equal-footing dynamic there. So I would expect more or less equal billing (even though it did say "also starring Michael Douglas" in the intro) even if Douglas was relatively a newcomer while Malden was the veteran. At the time Douglas was just "Kirk's boy". Still, I would have expected him to be in the Best Actor category whereas James MacArthur would definitely be in the Best Supporting category. Look at Martin Landau in M:I - he was nominated in the Best Actor category even though Peter Graves and Steven Hill before him were top-billed and were leaders of the IMF team. In fact during season 1 Landau wasn't even included in the opening intro. He was listed as a Special Guest Star that whole season and he still got a nomination in the Best Actor category. I don't know what all the criteria are that they go by but it's certainly interesting. Landau's Rollin Hand was definitely an integral part of the team, as well as a fan favorite.

Added: 29 July 2017 18:34:16 MST


Submitted by: Jason C
From: La Verne, CA

John,

I was very glad to see Mike was reviewing the Streets of San Francisco also! I had hoped he would choose to do so as Streets was as much a favorite of mine as Five-O is.

I also liked the Bill Bixby episodes. I was a huge fan of the Incredible Hulk growing up so I was really happy to see he turned up on 2 SOSF shows. I like Target: Red and Police Buff equally. Bill did a great job on both shows I thought.

The very first SOSF shows I saw back in 1992 was Letters From the Grave and then Ten Dollar Murder. Two great shows that had me hooked on SOSF quickly!

I also very much disagree with various forums I've come across over the years that felt the 4th year of SOSF wasn't strong and that Michael Douglas's acting wasn't as good the 4th year because he was anxious to move on after the success he had with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. I really disagree with that assessment. I thought the 4th year was very good and Douglas was as good as he was in the first 3 years.

Added: 29 July 2017 09:55:00 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Jason
Thanks for the Streets Of SF talk. It's a good summer conversation with HFO. I guess my Gold, Silver, Bronze Streets Of SF. Gold-Mask Of Death. It's a brilliant episode from start to finish. The 1930's and 1940's Scott characters were incredible and immerses himself in them. Reality becomes blurred. Also, a suspenseful finish. Silver-Police Buff. A Bill Bixby fan. He looked very professional as a cop but couldn't cut it. A wash out like Walter Stark Nightmare In Blue. Bronze-Letters From The Grave. I guess I'm a fan of the prison type dramas. This one is unique as an Alcatraz escapee Kovic was supposedly sending letters for 20 years. They find him dead inside Alcatraz 20 years later. Who killed him? Who was sending the letters? An excellent cast plus a star for Peter Strauss appearance. A JC FAV. I see Mr. Mike has given some Streets of SF episodes higher ratings than Classic HFO shows. It definitely demonstrates Streets of SF was worthy of Anal-ysis and Mike's viewing time. JC

Added: 28 July 2017 12:15:15 MST


Submitted by: Jason C
From: La Verne, California

John,

I agree that the 3rd season of the Streets of San Francisco was the best one. I like seasons 2 and 4 a little bit more than I do seasons 1 and 5.

Over the years I've come across many comments panning season 5 but I don't think it deserved all of the negative reviews that I've seen given to it either. Its definitely better than Five-O's final season!

Added: 28 July 2017 06:56:38 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E11 -- Bird of Prey reviewed:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#11

Added: 27 July 2017 22:45:57 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Mask of Death" (which Mike has just reviewed) is a stellar episode. One of the very best in the entire series! Heck, I purchased the SOSF Season 3 DVD Volume 1 (the only one I own) just for this episode alone, which I had never seen until I made the purchase. John Davidson, who I really know nothing about except that apparently he was something of a celebrity back in the day because of some talk show he hosted, is absolutely superb in his dual role. He gives some of the best psychos on FIVE-O a run for their money! No doubt the best guest star this show ever had. What a performance, and from a non-actor to boot! The finale is absolutely spine-tingling and really straight out of Hitchcock's PSYCHO. Recall the ending in the film where Vera Miles and John Gavin are exploring the spooky house of Norman Bates, before he jumps out at Vera! That's what happens here with Keller and Stone. Also when Raymond the chauffeur is pushed down the stairs to his death it's reminiscent of Martin Balsam being stabbed and falling down the stairs. I agree with Mike that the scene where Raymond is startled at the top of the stairs by Ken Scott (as Carol Marlowe) is really spooky and exceptionally lit! It's the single coolest shot in the entire episode - Scott (as Marlowe) is mostly in the shadows and you can see the outline of his face but his 2 eyes are basically black holes. REALLY CREEPY! That's some superb lighting right there! Very cinematic, too good for episodic TV. The episode also boasts quite a list of FIVE-O alumni - Marianne McAndrew, Anne Helm, Denny Miller, Ivor Barry, Phillip Pine.

Directed by Harry Falk, who directed the classic "The Jinn Who Clears the Way" (his only FIVE-O) and scored by Richard Markowitz, who scored a bunch of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLEs and MANNIXs, as well as "The Cop on the Cover" (his only FIVE-O).

Added: 27 July 2017 21:32:07 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

John, I wouldn't put any money on seeing season five "anal-ysis" soon. Aside from finding that reviewing this show is having a bad effect on my health, so far I haven't even finished doing half of the shows (52 out of 119) and all of season one and some of season three reviews done so far have to be redone and expanded. When I did Kojak, another five-season show, this took about seven months. Doing The Invaders, which was only two seasons, took six years!

Added: 27 July 2017 20:08:31 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Jason
I think Season 3 Streets of SF the best. Several Classics:Flags Of Terror, Mask Of Death,Letters From The Grave, The Most Deadly Species etc.
Season 1,2,4 are about even. I think Season 5 with Richard Hatch was better than many believe. Season 4 Classics Poisoned Snow & The Glass Dart Board. The PERT chart made TGDB a Classic. Wonder how McG would have handled the Feds using the PERT chart.
Mr. Mike should be having Season 5 Streets Of SF episode reviews in August on his current pace. It would be a perfect time for the 70's crime show fans to critique the Richard Hatch episodes. Give their two cents. JC

Added: 27 July 2017 17:26:08 MST


Submitted by: Jason C
From: La Verne, California

I was curious to see how other Streets of San Francisco fans would rank the 5 seasons of the show. For me I would rank the seasons like this along with my favorite shows from each year:

1) Season 3 - One Last Shot, Most Deadly Species, Target Red, Mask of Death, Flags of Terror, License to Kill, False Witness, Letters from the Grave, 10 Dollar Murder, Labyrinth

2) Season 2 - A Wrongful Death, Betrayed, For the Love of God, Before I Die, Harem, 24 Karet Plague and Blockade.

3) Season 4 - Poisoned Snow, Glass Dart Board, Trail of Terror, Dead Air, Most Likely to Succeed, Police Buff and Honorable Profession.

4) Season 1 - 30 Year Pin, First Day of Forever, 45 minutes from Home, The Takers, Act of Duty, Trail of the Serpent and Beyond Vengeance.

5) Season 5 - Thrill Killers, No Minor Vices, Hot Dog, Monkey Is Back and Time Out.

I look forward to seeing how others rank the season and which shows were their favorites from each season.

Added: 27 July 2017 15:40:10 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Fred, I know that "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes" is a fan favorite but I didn't really care for it all that much. Same with the Phil Silvers one "The Producer". I guess I don't really care for the ones where they are trying to either put on some show or play or trying to entertain some visitor with some sort of fancy ball or party or whatever. I'm more into the ones where they discover something on the island or concoct some cool contraption in hopes of getting rescued. Stuff that gets washed ashore marked "top secret" or "danger" also piques my interests :)

Added: 26 July 2017 18:18:53 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The Runaways (SOSF S02E12), revised review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#12

Added: 26 July 2017 15:17:35 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

I've seen most of the black and white Gilligan's Island, if not all. But what you said about a tropical setting needing color is very true for me. For me, the the color makes the difference. Hence, I have the 2nd and 3rd season DVDs.

My favorite episode from Season 2 is "Don't Bug the Mosquitos", an obvious parody of The Beatles. And from Season 3, "The Producer" where "Hamlet" is performed to the music of "Carmen". But I like the headhunter episodes as well. In those, Sherwood Schwartz lured some of the local sport stars to play the non-English speaking natives and thus they didn't have to be very good actors. Al Ferrara and Jim Lefebvre from the Dodgers guest starred in "High Man on the Totem Pole" and Rams star quarterback Roman Gabriel in episode "Topsy-Turvy".

Added: 26 July 2017 12:40:53 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Fred, what do you think of the B&W episodes of GI? The first season. Most people are probably more familiar with the color episodes and I bet those were more often shown in reruns. One thing is for sure - a show set on a tropical island just BEGS to be shown in color. Otherwise you're missing out on a lot in B&W. Also the theme song from the color episodes was definitely an improvement over the one by the Wellingtons from season 1. Sounds more catchy and groovy! But otherwise season 1 was a very solid season. There's the 2 episodes with Wrongway Feldman (special guest Hans Conried) and the one with the bank robber Jackson Farrell (special guest Larry Storch). The one I haven't seen is the one with little Kurt Russell as the jungle boy. I need to find that one. But my favorite B&W one is probably "The Sound of Quacking" (the one about the duck). Admittedly there's quite a number of the B&W ones that I haven't seen.

My 2 all-time favorites (both in color) are probably "Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet" (with the 2 Russian spies) and "The Hunter" (with special guest Rory Calhoun). Or at least I have the fondest memories of those 2.

Added: 26 July 2017 11:34:03 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Gilligan's Island discussion (above) has been moved from Five-O Forum. Please continue it here.

Added: 26 July 2017 14:08:00 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Fred, I myself like all the "Fear" episodes. I don't remember "Castle of Fear" being particularly bad. It's about on par with season 4's "Web of Lies" (the other Pat Hingle episode).

Added: 26 July 2017 11:39:08 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

Ringfire,

You're actually right on "Castle of Fear". Castle of Fear sports a lousy IMDB rating. The worse of the series and I agree with it. It's not a strong a episode. But it's hilarious that you mentioned it!

Added: 26 July 2017 07:52:44 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Cry Help! (S03E09) review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#9

Added: 25 July 2017 19:54:38 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Mike, I'm the opposite of you because I enjoy all the "Fear" episodes, and "Image of Fear" would probably make my top 5 from season 12.

I just saw "Charlie Blake" last night on YouTube (never saw it before) and while it's an interesting episode with an interesting premise I'm totally perplexed just like you about the whole business with the broken lamp at the end. Keller tries to turn it on I guess without realizing it's broken (the bulb is shattered and missing?) so he gets zapped by the electricity because the lamp is still plugged in and turned on? All of a sudden a bulb goes off in Stone's head and he figures the whole thing out?? But we're never told exactly what he figures out. Something about that particular lamp being on a different circuit and it being the lamp that the wife was using when she was killed. And Charlie says it was dark when he came into that room. But what does any of this prove? That the wife was already dead and the lamp already smashed when Charlie got there? Ok, but how does that prove that Jessep killed his wife? And why is this such an important clue that would prompt Jessep to go back to the house (to screw in a new working bulb I guess)? None of this makes any sense. And of course playing that tape to Jessep proves nothing. It's a very frustrating ending which makes no sense.

It was interesting seeing a young Dee Wallace (CUJO is one of my favorite scary movies!) as the first victim.

Added: 25 July 2017 10:51:22 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Obviously I am influenced by the 12th season Five-O episode Image of Fear:

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log12.htm#265

Added: 25 July 2017 07:48:58 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

In that case Mr. Mike should probably stay away from "Castle of Fear" (with Pat Hingle) as well. Lol!

Added: 25 July 2017 07:39:05 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

It seems like Mr. Mike has a fear of SoSF episodes with the word "fear" in it. I wouldn't give "River of Fear" 4 stars but 3 to 3.5 works for me.

Added: 24 July 2017 22:25:35 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E04: Mask of Death review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#4

Added: 24 July 2017 19:38:11 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Mike, I haven't seen "Charlie Blake" so can't comment on it, but I noticed you made a slight mistake on "River of Fear". You accidentally gave it 2 stars, dropping 2 along the way somewhere. Maybe you thought you were reviewing "School of Fear" or something ;)

It's an obvious remake of the Charles Laughton classic THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (with Bob Mitchum) except in my opinion it's much better. The film has this surreal look and feel to it and plays like some kind of allegory or fairy tale. Mitchum is the Big Bad Wolf (and appropriately chews the scenery) and the kids are Little Red Riding Hood. In the film the boy (played by Billy Chapin) is the older kid and the girl is the one tagging along behind him. In this episode it's reversed. I prefer the episode because it feels more realistic and hence more suspenseful. The film was more of a fairy tale world, although it had its moments of suspense as well. Mostly involving Mitchum.

Anyway this episode ROCKS!! And Michael Caffey directed Five-O "Once Upon a Time, Part I".

Added: 24 July 2017 19:15:41 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

On River Of Fear: I would give River Of Fear 3 stars out of 4. Dr. Dunson was a fake doctor searching for over $200,000 dollars. He quickly kills Betty the new wife but meets his match in the intelligent and resourceful Julie. She really shines in this episode taking her brother and hiding the $ as the two run and hide from Dunson. Like Mr. Mike stated in his review, there are several questions left unanswered. 1.How could Dunson impersonate a Dr? Even in the 70's, the doctors had to go through internships and acquire degrees and things. 2.Why didn't Doc White go to a medical doctor administrator or to the police with his suspicions of Dunson? He could have killed people with his lack of knowledge. 3.It's strange Betty would not know Dunson if he was a cellmate of Cooper. Often, cellmates will talk about their friends inside or cellmates. Maybe, even have a picture or two. I enjoyed the cat and mouse chase for the $ but there were several questions I wished were answered. Enjoyed the final scene with Julie and her brother in the boat moving on the water. JC

Added: 24 July 2017 11:44:40 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

River of Fear (SOSF S03E20) review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#20

Added: 23 July 2017 11:51:08 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

Mr. Mike,

The "Charlie Blake" episode is ranked #2 on IMDB. For a while, "Mask of Death" was #1. But Mask has fallen several spots. #1 now belongs to "Letters from the Grave".

At any rate, I like the Charlie Blake episode, but not like the rest of the IMDB voters. In my opinion, it's a 2.5 to 3.0 out of 4. William Smithers constantly well plays a villian. He was excellent on Star Trek. And another Star Trek guest is always a treat to see, Sharon Acker.

Added: 22 July 2017 19:02:49 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I have reviewed The Programming of Charlie Blake, but this is too long to post here. Please see http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#19

Added: 22 July 2017 16:03:54 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Like "End Game" this is also a VERY good episode. I like the premise how these 2 high schools kids start out committing petty crimes just for kicks but then it snowballs to murder, followed by another murder (this time the friend's murder to cover up the first murder), and before you know it the kid totally loses it and goes all psycho ready to blast anyone who gets in his way. I find his behavior disturbing but also very believable. Here's a kid who's at that age when he thinks he's got all the answers. So when things begin to escalate and unravel he begins to panic and instead of thinking rationally about what further consequences will follow he just acts on impulse, somehow believing that what he's doing makes sense and HAS to be done. Of course you really have to feel for the mother and the revelation about her son is one hell of a bombshell to have dropped on her. Plus as a cop she never shot anyone before until now - her own son. Powerful stuff!

Added: 22 July 2017 14:30:19 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E18: Ten Dollar Murder ★★★½
Original air date: January 30, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writer: D.C. Fontana

Two kids -- Bobby Elliott (Mark Wheeler) and Charles "Tiny" Reynolds (Michael Talbott) -- are robbing taxi drivers for kicks. Bobby is the son of Inspector Irene Elliott (Carol Rossen), a member of the SFPD Burglary squad. Her husband Don, also a cop, was killed several years ago in a shootout trying to stop a gang war. Stone walked the beat with her husband. Bobby is suspected of stealing money from the principal's office at his school. He says he didn't do it, but knows who did, but doesn't want to rat on them. Irene, who has found $126 in Bobby's room which her son will not explain, gets Stone to talk to the kid during a basketball game the three of them are attending, and Bobby says that he has saved money from working overtime at his garage job so he can buy his mother a vacation. Soon after this, another taxi driver is robbed, except he is Riley, an undercover cop, and he is shot dead with Bobby's father's gun which was taken from a locked "shrine" which his mother has created in their house which contains pictures of his father and medals he received during his police service. The dead cop uttered the words "Tiny" and "Indian buckle" before he died. Keller tracks down one of several high school students with the name of "Tiny" and also notices that Bobby is wearing a belt buckle with an Indian head design. The kids named "Tiny" are brought to the station for a lineup but cannot be identified by the taxi drivers who were robbed. When Keller tells Stone that the clues he has uncovered suggest Bobby may be involved with the robberies and murder, Stone is incredulous. Keller asks him, "A cop's son can't be bad?" The bullet which killed Riley is matched to a slug used to flatten the tires of another driver, but the real clincher is when these two are matched to another slug from the gun fired by Don Elliott in 1958 during a case which is still open. Irene is very troubled when Stone and Keller tells her that her son may be a murderer. Bobby is setting Tiny and another kid named Eddie Cosak to take the fall for what has happened. When they rob another cab, Bobby leaves a bracelet of Tiny's on the front seat as well as a knife with Cosak's initials on it. However, Keller finds out that Cosak has been out of the state for two months. In a park, Bobby feeds Tiny some pep bills which, combined with booze, knocks him out. Bobby then feeds the exhaust into the car via a hose, killing Tiny with carbon monoxide. Stone goes to Irene's house and confronts Bobby, who pulls his father's gun on Stone and makes him go outside just as Keller and Irene are returning from the garage where Irene was looking for her son. There is a very tense confrontation with Bobby and his mother. Bobby runs away, and Irene shoots Bobby, though not fatally.

EPILOG:

In one of the series' more serious endings, Irene leaves the hospital where Bobby is recovering. She says this was the first time she ever used her gun on a human being. As they walk to Stone's car, he asks her, "Did he ever tell you why?" She replies: "No."

REVIEW:

There are a couple of things that keep this episode from being a four. One is the way that Tiny passes out before Bobby kills him. Tiny, who has been seen popping pills earlier in the show, is already "high" by his own admission. Bobby gives him more pills, and Tiny says he is going to sleep. But he falls asleep like with the snap of someone's fingers, which to me is not realistic. Bernie, the forensics guy, says "it looks like he took an overdose," though it doesn't look like Tiny gave him that many pills. And where did Bobby get the pills? Or for that matter, where did he get the ammunition for his father's gun? Of course, none of this would have happened if Irene hadn't kept her husband's gun in the shrine in the first place. Rossen gives an exceptional performance, though she seems a bit young. The actress was in her late 30's, I think the idea is that the character should be in her early 40's, because Bobby is about 18 years old. Wheeler's performance is also very good, especially at the end, where Bobby turns into a full-blown psychotic who accuses Stone of trying to get him out of the way and frame him so Stone can move in with his mother. He tells his mother "You don't even care about me. You never cared about me. All you care about is that crummy badge." Earlier on, Irene is predictably guilt-ridden about what Bobby has done, saying that she didn't bring him up properly, but Stone tells her that Bobby is responsible, and is "a man."

MORE TRIVIA:
- There is a subsidiary story at the beginning of the episode where Stone and Keller bust a runner who is delivering $10,000 to a hitman.
- Carl Severn, one of the cab drivers is played by Bruce Kirby, who had a recurring role on Kojak as Sergeant Al Vine. Severn talks to the two kids, referring to a basketball game with the Golden State Warriors where Rick Barry got 32 points.
- Eddie Cosak's address is 2327 Pollard.
- Stone's daughter Jeannie is studying at Arizona State, soon to graduate with honors.
- Keller jokes about Stone taking Irene on a date to a Japanese restaurant. Stone replies, "What makes you think you are the only sex symbol around here?" Despite the serious tone of the show, there are several similar instances of humor between Stone and Keller in the show.

Added: 21 July 2017 22:36:47 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I would give Letters From The Grave 4 stars ****. It is definitely in my Top 10 Streets of SF. Very interesting and authentic episode. Alcatraz is a place most people know. Lew Kovic an Alcatraz prisoner is found dead after supposedly escaping from the prison 20 years before. The mystery deepens...WHO was sending these letters to his mother for the last 20 years? Dead men don't write letters! Lew Kovic Jr.searches for the truth about his father and his death. He's now a grown man and a DA(I'm a big fan of Peter Strauss). John Kovic Lew's brother is an insurance man but does he know more about Lew's disappearance in Alcatraz. Great acting by Paul Stewart and William Windom. I really enjoy this episode and might watch it again in August. JC

Added: 21 July 2017 14:25:02 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"End Game" is a VERY good episode. I've seen this premise before where the hero seemingly goes over the edge, gets fired, becomes a washout and starts boozing it up, and then gets approached by some shady characters trying to recruit him. Then we find out it's all a clever sting operation. Still, I found it very engaging! Also check out "Ten Dollar Murder" which is another very good one! When you run down all these episodes you gotta realize that season 3 really IS the best season!

Added: 21 July 2017 11:29:12 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E17: Endgame ★★★
Original air date: January 23, 1975
Director: Jerry Jameson; Writer: Albert Ruben

After John Baker, an elderly cop, tells gambling and prostitution kingpin Al Doyle that he is going to make trouble for Doyle testifying before an upcoming grand jury, Doyle gets his henchman Sailor Renfro (Paul Mantee) to knock off Baker and make it look like he committed suicide. A meeting with Lieutenant Roy Devitt (Tim O'Connor in his last performance of this role) involves Stone, Keller, DA O'Brien, as well as two vice cops, Dwayne Rogers (Stephen Young) and Eddie Hill (Richard Lawson). Devitt tells everyone that, unknown to most people, Baker was working on a deal to retire early after his testimony, which makes Stone wonder why he would have killed himself before the deal was finalized. Keller gets a tip from a hooker named Lily Marlene that she wants to dish out dirt on Doyle, but when he and Stone arrive at her apartment, she is dead. They pursue her killer, James Ganby, who has just left her apartment building. He is shot dead by Keller, who gets hit by Ganby's car and is sent to the hospital, supposedy on the critical list. As Devitt and Stone are at the hospital, Stone's daughter Jeannie shows up concerned about Keller, having just flown into town. Devitt tells her that Keller is barely alive, and the problem is with his central nervous system. When the two cops get back to the squad room, Stone and Devitt start yelling at each other, Stone vowing that he will personally go after Doyle. Devitt takes Stone off the case, saying they will do the job with policemen, not some maniac looking for revenge. They yell some more, and Stone turns in his badge. Devitt files formal charges against Stone, who ends up at a disciplinary hearing where he is demoted to beat cop for refusing to obey a proper order and conducting himself "in an insubordinate and threatening manner toward a superior officer." Rogers and Hill take an interest in Stone, talking to Jeannie and tracking Stone down to a bar where he is getting plastered, then taking him home. Meanwhile, Jeannie is getting fed up with the aura of secrecy surrounding Keller, and she sneaks into his hospital room to find out there is nothing wrong with him. The news that he was turning into a vegetable was all a scam, as was the war between her father and Devitt. On the job as a beat cop the next day, Stone starts to get Doyle's attention, demanding a payoff from some merchant who is probably already paying protection money through the nose to Doyle and busting a couple of hookers from Doyle's stable. Soon Sailor approaches Stone on the street, but Stone says he will only talk to Doyle. Sailor calls him a "clown." Doyle agrees to meet with Stone, who is wired. Stone is driven to Doyle's yacht. But Rogers and Hill are freaking out, because they have been passing information from the department along to Doyle, and they know if Doyle is busted, then he will start making a deal where he names their names. The two of them show up as Doyle is giving money to Stone to keep his nose out of Doyle's businesses. Hill knocks off Doyle and Sailor, and Rogers takes Stone outside to be killed with Sailor's gun just as Keller and Devitt show up. A gun battle with cops versus cops ensues; Hill is wounded and both he and Rogers are arrested and taken away.

EPILOG:

Keller is about to drive Jeannie to the airport to fly home when he and Stone are called away to deal with a shooting. They tell her to take a cab. After they have gone, she says "Be careful."

REVIEW:

There are a couple of nifty twists in this show, though you have to wonder why Rogers and Hill would take Stone away to be killed somewhere with Sailor's gun at the end rather than just murder him on the yacht along with Doyle and Sailor. Stone really does not show his anger at Devitt when he comes home after the big screaming match, just describing Devitt as a "pencil-pusher" and someone he liked "before he got all those promotions," and Jeannie totally picks up on this. I'm also surprised that Sailor did not do a pat-down with Stone to find the recorder that he had taped to his body. I thought that Jeannie was going to be kidnapped by Sailor or something fishy would happen between her and Hill, who drops by at Stone's apartment late in the show to tell what an inspiration her father was, neither of which fortunately did not happen. Some of Stone's exchanges with Sailor and Doyle are quite delightful.

MORE TRIVIA:

- Stone's beat is in a very sleazy part of town, near the corner of Keary and Broadway. Some of the establishments on Keary have signs like Topless Lady Wrestlers, House of Ecstasy, Live Bottomless Girls and Hardcore Movies. Near the corner where Stone threatens to give Sailor a ticket for parking near a fire hydrant, you can see the Swiss Louis restaurant at 493 Broadway in the background.
- Stone knows everyone: his wife and Baker's wife Elizabeth went to school together.
- For someone who usually does not drink, Stone does not seem to be really drunk when he is in the bar.
- When Keller tells Jeannie of the deception with him being in the hospital, she says "I'm bloody mad!" and calls him a "pig."

Added: 20 July 2017 19:59:26 MST


Submitted by: Jason C.
From: La Verne, California

Letters from the Grave was excellent. I enjoyed Paul Stewart in "Letters from the Grave" as much as I did in Five-Os "Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart". Loved it when his character told Mike Stone to "stick it in your ear Stone"! Many enjoyable episodes in season 3 of the SOSF. Look forward to seeing the review on "Ten Dollar Murder". I didn't find it to be as good as Letters from the Grave but still a pretty good show - I'm predicting 2 1/2 or 3 stars on Mike's review of it.

Added: 20 July 2017 13:45:45 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Mike, I used to watch THE TEN COMMANDMENTS "religiously" every Easter but lately I'm more likely to pop in BEN-HUR. I purchased both on Blu-Ray (a 2-feature combo) containing commentaries, isolated Rozsa music track, lots of extras and other goodies. I think both are excellent cinema but I find that BEN-HUR gets better and better with each rewatch. It's also a more emotional experience.

"Letters from the Grave" is an excellent mystery. I'm a sucker for anything Alcatraz related and I love seeing this 20-year old mystery get unraveled. I've only seen it once long ago (need to maybe revisit it on YouTube) but it has stayed with me and I remember it being a very good story. Paul Stewart I also recall being very good. For me he will always be the "old dinosaur" Willard Lennox.

Added: 20 July 2017 12:08:55 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E16: Letters from the Grave ★★★½
Original air date: January 16, 1975
Director: Virgil W. Vogel; Writer: Tom Cannan

The body of convict Lew Kovic is discovered on Alcatraz, 20 years after it is assumed he drowned trying to escape from the place. In the mid-1950s, Kovic had been sent to Terminal Island for a murder originally thought to be committed by Syndicate boss Nick Lugo (Paul Stewart), but escaped from there when he found out his wife had cancer. He was captured and sent to Alcatraz. Kovic's son Lew Junior (Peter Strauss), who is a deputy district attorney, is as surprised as anyone at this turn of events. Junior's grandmother had received 2 or 3 letters a year from the supposedly-still-alive Kovic postmarked from various places like Peru, Argentina and Mexico City for the last 20 years. When Stone goes to pick up the letters, Kovic's brother John (William Windom), who manages an insurance business, shows up. Stone wants to let the Forgery Department at SFPD examine the letters to determine if whoever wrote them was involved in Kovic's death. John says he was not close to his brother, who he knew worked for Nick Lugo, who he also didn't know. After Stone leaves, Junior wonders to his uncle if Lugo had something to do with the death of his father. John says Junior should not knock on any doors as far as Lugo is concerned, that all that has happened to Junior (which John suggests, as his uncle, he has bankrolled in part) could be overturned. Stone investigates and finds a man named Stebbins was guarding Kovic the night he disappeared. He and Keller track down Stebbins, only to find that Junior is conducting an investigation of his own, and witnessed Stebbins just being run over by a car and killed near the dumpy apartment where he was living. Junior pays a visit to Lugo, who says that he and Kovic were "very close," but is evasive when asked questions about who wanted the old man dead, especially when Junior suggests that his father was murdered in connection with taking the rap for Lugo's murder charge. When Junior says he's not going to stop trying to find the truth about what happened to his father, Lugo tells him to get lost. Back at the station, Inspector Larry Mason from Forgery (Barry Cahill) tells Stone and Keller the letters, as well as the postmarks on the envelopes, were forged. The former were written by a left-handed person trying to duplicate the writing of someone who was right-handed. Stone gets a call from Bernie, the medical examiner, telling him the guy who was the victim of the hit and run was not Stebbins, but someone else named Wilcox. He and Keller talk to Stebbins' ex-wife, Phyllis (Virginia Gregg), who lives in Sausalito. She tells them her husband was fired from Alcatraz in 1958 because he was "unfit." She also says he came into $10,000 about this time. Around this time, the real Stebbins (Lou Krugman) gets knocked off ... by Kovic's brother John, who was "supposed to take care of him." Stone and Keller go to talk to Lugo, figuring he had something to do with Stebbins' death, but Lugo tells them "get off my back." Lugo puts his foot in his mouth, though, when he refers to "Stebbins" who got run over the day before, which was actually Wilcox. Lugo says to Stone, "Stick it in your ear." Junior goes to visit a guy in San Quentin named Maddox (Jim Boles) who was familiar with what happened 20 years ago. When asked if there was a reason why Lugo would want to kill Junior's dad, Maddox says that "the Kovic brothers were moving up pretty fast at the time" which surprises the kid. Maddox says the brothers were running numbers, so Lugo took them both in. Keller trails Lugo, who picks up John Kovic downtown. The two of them talk about what to do with Junior, who is getting too close to the truth. After they discuss how John knocked off his own brother to keep Lugo out of jail, Lugo drops some heavy hints that John should also knock off Junior. When John returns to his office, his secretary (Christine Dixon) says he had a call that Junior wants to meet him at the Alcatraz Ferry Terminal to talk to him. The two of them wind up at the prison outside the cell formerly occupied by Senior, trailed by a couple of Lugo's stooges. Junior gets his uncle to finally reveal the truth about what happened 20 years before, that his father took the fall for Lugo and that his uncle murdered his father when he decided to break silence over this. Junior, holding some of the letters, tells his uncle that because he kept receiving them, he would always be looking for his father instead of the man who killed him. Stone and Keller arrive on the island by helicopter, but not in time to save John, who is shot dead by Lugo's men.

EPILOG:

Junior reminisces about when he was 8 years old and could see Alcatraz from the window of his house in San Francisco, wondering if his father was looking back at him. When he heard his father escaped, he wondered why the old man never came home. In response to Junior asking what he will tell his grandmother, Keller suggests "The truth ... it can't be any harder than sitting at that window, can it?"

REVIEW:

The acting in this show is very high calibre, especially that of veteran character actor Paul Stewart (who does not appear in the "starring" credits at the beginning of the show) as well as Windom who gets "special guest star" treatment in the credits. Once again we have the trope of Stone being a know-everyone. After he says he dealt with the Kovic case 20 years before, he says he will go and "talk to the family." Keller says, "What ... do you know them too?" (Stone does not, he only knows Junior from his work with the DA's office.) The fact that the forger of the letters (Eric Christmas) is tracked down and who makes the connection with John as the one who paid to have the letters made seems far-fetched.

MORE TRIVIA:

- Lugo's office is at the corner of Lombard and Battery. After Stone and Keller visit him, Keller radios in that they are at Battery and Greenwich, which is the next intersection in front of where they are parked.
- Junior visits Maddox in San Quentin, the prison from which Peter Strauss's character Bobby Jepsen in S01E07 was released.
- While the fact that Wilcox was mistakenly run over and killed by John is explained because John hadn't seen Stebbins for many years, the reason that Junior encountered Wilcox in Stebbins' place is not, except for the building manager Greeley's (Joseph Mell) comment, "These guys come and go."
- At around 35:30 after the limo with Lugo and John turns right, trucks like those used in movie and TV productions are seen on the left ahead of them, parked on the other side of a two-way street. But when they pass where the trucks should be, they are on a one-way street with other vehicles (not the trucks) parked in the same area.
- The license number of Lugo's Mercedes stretch limousine "ISHI 2."
- Junior leaves a message with his uncle's secretary which sounds like they should meet at the Alcatraz ferry terminal at Pier 41, but when John shows up, Junior is already gone to the island. The secretary said the message was to meet him "there" as soon as possible.
- After Stone and Keller get into the helicopter, there is a brief cut before it takes off.
- There is another reverse tracking shot after Stone and Keller leave the medical examiner's office which goes on for just over a minute and a half.
- Junior's office phone number on his business card is 555-2323.

Added: 20 July 2017 06:19:31 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Yes, Ringfire, I know Sam Jaffe was in Ben-Hur. HELLO! Seeing Ben-Hur in 1960 was one of the formative experiences of my life, I have seen the film several times, I met its composer Miklos Rozsa (see http://www.miklosrozsa/net), blah blah blah! Jaffe was also in a Kojak episode, by the way: http://www.kojak.tv/kojak-5.htm#8 :p

Added: 19 July 2017 18:27:01 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E15: False Witness ★★½
Original air date: January 9, 1975
Director: Paul Stanley; Writer: Morton S. Fine

When patrol cops Jimmy Vega (A. Martinez) and Kevin Bryce (Les Lannom) see a drug transaction between pusher Robert Perez (Lloyd Battista) and a junkie named Chico (Rafael Campos), they attempt to make an arrest, but because Chico ditches the drugs in a passing truck and Perez's car is rented, D.A. O'Brien cannot make a case. This just pisses off Jimmy, because Perez was responsible for Ernie Silveira, Jimmy's best friend, dying of an overdose. We also find out that Keller has a connection to Jimmy, because the two of them were roommates while at the police academy, and Keller helped Jimmy make it through the more difficult parts of the course. During a birthday party for his "mamacita" (Carmen Zapata), Jimmy gets a call from Chico, who wants to meet because he has lots of dirt to relate about Perez. Of course, this is a setup, and Jimmy gets beaten up very badly by some of Perez's thugs. Jimmy then phones Perez and threatens him, a bad idea, because Perez's oily lawyer Howard (Malachi Throne) is standing right next to his client overhearing the entire conversation. Back at the party, Keller is leaving with his girl friend when he is hailed by Dorothy Silveira (Lenore Stevens), Ernie's sister, in the next car. Dorothy tells Keller to pass a message along to Jimmy to lay off Perez, or he is "one dead Chicano." Jimmy meets with Keller the next day, and convinces Keller to help him nab Perez. He wants the pusher for himself, he doesn't want to give him to Narcotics. That evening, Keller and Jimmy stake out Perez's place as a delivery man arrives. When he leaves, they break into Perez's, but the drugs that were in the package get flushed down the toilet and Jimmy gets shot. Despite this, Jimmy plants some drugs in a drawer which Keller finds. When they go to court, Howard uses the fact that Keller and Jimmy were friends to throw doubt in the direction of the jury, suggesting that policemen often lie to help each other out. Howard then offers the recording of Jimmy uttering threats as evidence. In the hospital, Jimmy dies from his injuries after telling Keller that he confessed planting the drugs to O'Brien. Keller tracks down Dorothy, who not only tipped him off about Perez seeking revenge but also made a similar call to Bryce, Jimmy's baby-faced partner. Keller meets with Dorothy, who had "something going" with Jimmy when her brother was alive, and appeals to her to help get Perez. She later tells Perez that one of her tricks wants to make a large heroin purchase. A Spanish-speaking cop, Ybarra (Tony Perez) plays the role of this buyer, and meets with Perez and his men on the docks. The suitcase containing the money is wired and the cops are listening in. When the purchase is completed, Perez is busted.

EPILOG:

Stone and Keller console Jimmy's mother and father. After they leave, Keller thanks Stone for "keeping a lid on it," to which Stone replies, "Well, like you said, he [Jimmy] tried, and as far as I know, that's no crime."

REVIEW:

Up to a point, this show is OK, but it deteriorates near the end with what happens with Dorothy Silveira. Earlier on, when she told Keller that Jimmy was in danger, it is odd that she suddenly appeared outside the birthday party, because how did she know that Keller would be there? Only a few minutes before, she was seen sitting beside Perez at his place and I'm sure she would have been aware that Jimmy was being beaten up around the same time. It's not like she showed up to warn Jimmy himself. When Keller meets with Dorothy near the end of the show, he says he wants her to help finish the job that Jimmy started, to put Perez away. When she says, "Man, you scare me," Keller tells her that her whole life must scare her, "sitting there doing tricks to get a fix in your arm." He asks her "How many times you got beaten up? How many times Perez got you screaming on the floor for a fix and won't give you one until you take care of one of his friends with their kinky hang-ups?" But up this point, there is no indication that this is the kind of lifestyle that Dorothy has, or how Keller knows all this. At Perez's place, she and some other woman were with Perez and Howard and appeared to be doing pretty good. Why would Perez pimp her out to other guys when he would probably be happy to have such an attractive woman for his own? When she subsequently gives Perez the big spiel about Ybarra, it's amazing that he cannot see through this ruse. Then there is the business of Jimmy planting the dope, which was planned by him well ahead of time. Jimmy signed out almost pure heroin from the evidence room, took half of it and then returned what looked like the full amount, but it was the remaining half cut with milk sugar. Everything working out at Perez's place as Jimmy planned depended on a certain sequence of events, and anything could go wrong. Fortunately for Jimmy, his little plan did not totally collapse!

MORE TRIVIA:

- Much of the dialogue between Perez and Ybarra near the end of the show is in Spanish, with no English subtitles.
- There is some Canadian content in this show: Ybarra "runs junk from Mexico into Canada" and because "his arrangements down south dropped off, he absolutely has to make a delivery in Vancouver tomorrow."
- At Jimmy's bedside in the hospital, Keller tells his dying friend that he originally thought he was going to be an archaeologist.
- Despite the faults with the writing in this show, the big courtroom summation from Howard when he attempts to destroy Keller's credibility is actually pretty good.

Added: 19 July 2017 18:02:04 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

As mentioned before, "Mr. Nobody" is a personal favorite as Zooey Hall was living across the street from us at about that time. Plus you get Adler, Jaffe and T'Pau.

Both "Anti" hand gun episodes are the same to me. Ridiculous coincidences that lead to senseless deaths. But if I had to, I'd give Five-O the nod.

Welcome to the board Jason. Letters from the grave is pretty good.

Added: 19 July 2017 15:36:56 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Mike, Sam Jaffe was Simonides in our favorite Biblical epic BEN-HUR! He becomes a cripple after being imprisoned and worked over by Messala's men. Esther was his daughter so I guess that makes Judah Ben-Hur his son-in-law, since Judah ends up taking Esther as his wife.

Added: 19 July 2017 15:32:53 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E14: Mr. Nobody ★★★
Original air date: December 19, 1974
Director: Corey Allen; Writer: Robert Sherman

Some time ago, Alex Zubatuk (Sam Jaffe) sold the shoe repair place he owned for 45 years to a guy named Weiss (Henry Corden). As the show opens, Zubatuk is hassling Weiss about the fact that the work and service he provides are substandard. Weiss tells Zubatuk and his friend Victor Karlinsky (Luther Adler) to get lost, saying that now Zubatuk, formerly the best cobbler in the city, is a "nobody." Weiss is doing more "business" than just fixing shoes; he also is involved taking bets for a gangster named Dempsey (George Murdoch). Weiss gets Marty Karlinsky (David Z. [Zooey] Hall), grandson of Zubatuk's friend, to deliver a box containing $50,000 and a book containing lists of all the bookies in Dempsey's district. A shady character named Lou Singer (Michael Vandever) is following Marty around and corners him with his car in an attempt to steal the box. During the ensuing confrontation, Marty is wounded with Singer's gun, but he gets hold of it and shoots Singer dead, then flees through an alley and throws the gun in the garbage. The box ends up down a open manhole in the street, unseen by anyone. Zubatuk witnesses the action that transpired and recovers the gun. When Stone shows up, Zubatuk pretends that he is the one who shot Singer. Dempsey contacts Marty, telling him that he better produce the box, and then sends a couple of hoods after him to make sure he gets the message. Marty's wife Chris (Laurie Heineman), who is expecting a baby, is totally freaked out by all of this. Zubatuk is arrested and held at the station for murdering Singer, but Stone knows the old man is a master of obfuscation and really didn't kill him. Stone gets assistant D.A. Gerald O'Brien (John Kerr) to try and rattle Zubatuk, but he doesn't have much luck either, even after telling him that the gun was stolen two weeks ago from a pawn shop in San Diego. Zubatuk is released from jail, and Stone follows him around, including to Marty's place where Zubatuk talks to Marty's wife and to the alley where the killing took place. Keller talks to Singer's former partner Larry Mason (Don Calfa) who says that Singer was after a bagman, meaning Marty. Dempsey's goons find Marty and grab him off the street, taking him back to their boss's place where the kid is given a good workover. Dempsey, figuring that Marty and Zubatuk were in this together, sends his hoods to the old folks' home where Zubatuk lives. Shortly after, Stone and Keller show up at Dempsey's and rescue Marty, who tips them off as to what is going on. Under threat of death at their home, Zubatuk and Karlinsky pretend that the money is buried in the place's back yard, dragging things out just enough until the cops luckily show up, which sends the two hoods scrambling, trying to escape in a florists' truck they commandeer and then run into a Chevrolet Corvair parked on the street. Back in the alley once again where the murder took place, Zubatuk and Karlinsky figure out by a process of elimination that the box with the money and the book is down in the manhole and they recover it.

EPILOG:

D.A. O'Brien shows up and wonders where is the book from the box, because Zubatuk said he would turn it over if all charges against Marty were dropped. O'Brien knows that it was Keller and Stone who were behind this "deal," and O'Brien figures he better talk to Zubatuk before he changes his mind.

REVIEW:

Although it has its serious points, this episode is relatively light-hearted, even if it does revolve around one of the show's major tropes, the fact that Stone seems to know everyone in San Francisco over a certain age, something which was parodied in Mad Magazine. In this instance, Zubatuk fixed Stone's shoes for nothing when he was a kid. Several of the actors are "old folks" including Celia Lovsky, who first executed the Vulcan greeting in the Star Trek episode "Amok Time." Her role as Zubatuk's wheelchair-bound landlady Nadia Baska in this episode was her last.

MORE TRIVIA:

- Marty's address is 3231 20th Street.
- How does Zubatuk know Lew Singer, who he describes as "a bad man ... who steals money from the poor people all the time"? Is Singer a neighborhood fixture or something? Maybe Zubatuk knows people in the same way Stone does!
- Prior to becoming a director, Corey Allen was remembered for his acting roles, including the part in the James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause as the driver who got trapped in the car during the "chicken" race with Dean who went over the cliff.

Added: 18 July 2017 17:14:16 MST


Submitted by: Jason C
From: La Verne, California

First time poster but longtime fan of this site. I am really glad to see The Streets of San Francisco being reviewed by Mike. I remember the first episode of the SOSF that I saw was the 3rd season show “Letters from the Grave”. I’m looking forward to seeing the review from Mike on it but I thought it was a really good show. I’m really looking forward to talking about SOSF with the other fans on here. Curious if there are any Barnaby Jones fans out there as well. I recently purchased the complete series set and have been watching those as well.

Added: 18 July 2017 11:34:25 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

As our faggy friend Ralph Mingo might say... "Diary of a Gun" is mo' better. Only because it's Five-O and us Five-O heads are probably somewhat biased towards our favorite show. I'd say that "Use a Gun, Go To Hell" is mo' better too. Both overall all 3 are good episodes.

Added: 18 July 2017 11:30:52 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Diary Of A Gun HOF and The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague Streets of SF aired around the same time. Dec 74 TFCP and Mar 75 Diary Of A Gun. Both stories show how a handgun can cause death and injury and the trail of victims because of its use. I think Cooper the businessman had good intentions to protect his wife. She could have used the gun when he was out of town. I guess his mistake was taking Jack Graham with him to the gun store. If Cooper had purchased the gun by himself, there really is no story then. Maybe, Alvin would have talked to Jack about purchasing the gun. Graham's shooting of Moran jump starts the story. The gun then is discarded and some kids find it playing. You knew Teddy would be killed. That was telegraphed when the kids were playing. I agree Mr. Mike on the 2 star rating on The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague. It has a few good moments but nothing spectacular. I wonder if the HFO fans and Streets Of SF like The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague better or Diary of A Gun. JC

Added: 18 July 2017 04:39:36 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E13: The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague ★★
Original air date: December 12, 1974
Director: Virgil W. Vogel; Writers: Tony Kayden & Michael Russnow

Businessman Alvin Cooper (Robert Webber) buys a 25-caliber automatic with a pearl handle to provide his wife Paula (Mary Murphy) with "protection" while he is on the road. When he arrives home, Cooper leaves the gun in his car. His brother-in-law Jack Graham (Jonathan Lippe), who accompanied Cooper to the Gun Exchange and who owes $5,000 he borrowed to cover gambling debts from Lou Damico, a shylock who runs the Superior Finance Corporation, takes the gun. That night, Graham meets with Damico's collector Ernie Moran and tells him he doesn't have the money he owes. Graham shoots Moran dead, then throws the gun away. The next day, three young boys -- Jeff Rydell, Teddy Bateman and Rick Thompson -- are playing war games and find this gun. Though Jeff (Lee H. Montgomery) thinks he has disarmed the gun by removing the magazine, when he pretend-shoots Teddy, his friend is killed. Jeff and Rick ditch the gun in a garbage can, the contents of which winds up at the "reclaiming area" (recycling depot) of the sanitation department. Jake Traynor (Darrell Fetty), one of the workers there, pockets the gun and later uses it to rob a liquor store with his friend Joe Markham (Tony Geary). They don't get much money for their efforts ($54), and cops quickly give chase which ends when the robbers' car rolls over. Stone and Keller trace the gun back to Cooper, who had earlier reported it stolen. Two goons employed by Damico have been following Graham around and when Graham's girl friend Jeannie Loring (Davey Davison) goes to Graham's place to get a suitcase so the two of them can split to Los Angeles, the thugs follow her back to her apartment. Graham flees to the roof of the building just as Stone and Keller show up, having been pointed in that direction by Cooper. The two thugs, one of whom is taken out of commission by Keller, are arrested and so is Graham.

EPILOG:

Stone, Keller and Cooper find themselves at the California Casting Company, which has nothing to do with the movie business, but is a place that manufactures manhole covers from scrap metal (guns are specifically mentioned) as seen being recovered earlier at the sanitation department. Almost all the dialogue in the Epilog is an anti-gun rant. Stone: "Over 30 million Americans own handguns. Over 20,000 get shot with them every year." Keller: "That's right. Almost 10,000 homicides. Nearly as many suicides, almost 3,000 accidents. where somebody's dead or maimed for life." When Cooper wonders what he can do about the dilemma he found himself in, Keller recommends he write to his Congressman: "You're free to write him if you feel strongly about something one way or the other." Stone: "Yeah, what is it they say -- the pen is mightier than the sword? Well, maybe someday it might even stop a bullet."

REVIEW:
This episode is sort of OK, but there are some things about it that bothered me. For example, taking the advice of the gunshop owner, Cooper puts the gun out in the open on what looks like the back seat of the car, and just leaves it there, which prompts Graham to steal it. Doesn't Cooper think about what might happen if he just left the gun there? I know he was first going to discuss the gun with his wife before giving it to her, but it seems dumb to leave it in the car ... or did he just forget about it? At what point did Graham actually take the gun? The reaction of the two surviving kids towards their fatally shot friend is disturbing. They just say things like "Teddy's dead," leaving his body in the tunnel where they were playing and running away. Later, Stone and Keller track the two boys down to a public park. The boys immediately figure out the two are cops and flee. The idea that Keller and especially Stone could catch up to these young kids who are running and apprehend them is ridiculous. At the end of the show, the camera focuses on one of the manhole covers, which says SFDPW (San Francisco Department of Public Works) on it, zooming in on the word "SEWERS," no doubt some heavy-handed symbolism relating to guns! I don't really have any major objections to what is said in the anti-gun rant in the Epilog, though it does suggest lack of imagination on the part of the writers.

MORE TRIVIA:
- Cooper lives at 1441 West Madrid. Graham's address is 203 Madison.
- When Cooper reports the gun stolen, he tells the desk cop "I left it in my car and when I came out [it was gone]."
- The show is very similar to a seventh season Hawaii Five-O episode called Diary of a Gun, which was broadcast on March 18, 1975, around three months after this SOSF show.
- During one of Keller's final remarks in the Epilog to Cooper, the subtitles give the latter's name as "Cooperman."
- Jonathan Lippe later became Jonathan Goldsmith, who became "The Most Interesting Man in the World" spokesman for Dos Equis beer.

Added: 17 July 2017 17:06:46 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E23: Solitaire ★★★½
Original air date: March 13, 1975
Director: Seymour Robbie; Writer: Dorothy C. Fontana

Tony Lo Bianco plays Al Wozynsky, an undercover narcotics cop who spends months using the identity of Casella, "an independent dealer with good connections," setting up an encounter with some drug middle-men on his way to meet with the big boss of the local narco racket named Marks (Antony Carbone). But this meeting is interrupted by another cop named Tom Wellaman whose girl friend Alice (Rosanna Huffman), receptionist in the narcotics division, overheard a phone call from Wozynsky relating details about the meeting to his superior Lt. Pete Alizo (Norman Alden). Alice figured that she was helping her boy friend on his way to becoming a detective by passing information about the location to him, but Wellaman is shot dead during the gun battle that ensues. Keller and Stone, who have been driving nearby and discussing Keller's current girl friend, show up to provide support, but Keller is shot in the leg and ends up in the hospital. Wozynsky meets with Alizo and Chief of Detectives John Condon (William Bramley) and is assigned to work with Stone while Keller is recovering, an idea that Wozynsky does not like at all. He likes the idea even less after he meets with Artie (Eric Kilpatrick), a dope dealer who immediately recognizes Stone, sitting in his car nearby, as a cop. Wozynsky then tells Artie that he is also a cop, but promises Artie a deal if he will help him "clean up this junkyard." Soon after this, Artie is found dead, victim of a fatal overdose, which Wozynsky blames on Stone. Keller is finally released from the hospital and does a lot of snooping around on Wozynsky's background, discovering that it is very unlikely Wozynsky is on the take and more likely to take a bullet than take a bribe, the latter according to his ex-girl friend Mianna (the gorgeous Sabrina Scharf). Wozynsky uses the fact that he has been IDd as a cop to his advantage, offering to sell his badge to Marks. He shows up at Marks' place, where he is treated with extreme skepticism by the kingpin. Wozynsky is just about to be shot up with the same kind of heroin which killed Artie when Stone and Keller break down the door as Wozynsky is dispatching some of the thugs in the room with judo moves. On the way out, Wozynsky tells Stone and Keller "You guys still messing around in my life?" while winking at them.

EPILOG:

Stone and Keller are driving and discussing the odds on a 49ers/Rams game when they see some dirty hippie crossing the street against the light. They stop and take the guy in after finding some pot in his pocket. Once the guy is in the car, we find out that it is Wozynsky! The three of them have a good laugh about this.

REVIEW:

Another very good episode, with excellent acting even from the secondary characters like Tina Andrews as Artie's girl friend Millie. Lo Bianco gives an intense performance in his dealings with his superiors and Stone, telling them things like "I work solo," "It's not gonna work," and "I know I'm not 'Mr. Personality'."

MORE TRIVIA:

- Tony Lo Bianco is the only credited guest star during the opening credits, something unusual.
- Vic Perrin plays Wozynsky's father, who had a complete breakdown after the death of his wife years before. Perrin provided the ominous Control voice in the 1960's sci-fi series The Outer Limits and did voice work as well as acting in many other TV shows.
- There is a pretty funny scene when Stone meets with Keller, recovering in the hospital. Keller says he doesn't know much about Wozynsky, but Stone points out that Wozynsky has only had one partner, who was killed when the two of them were on a job together.
- According to Wozynsky, Stone was recognized by Artie because he has been a cop for "23 years shakin' doorknobs and flashin' a badge."
- At the beginning when Stone and Keller respond to Wellaman's call for backup, Stone tells dispatch they will "respond to code 406," but Malden's lips don't match what he is saying when he says "406."
- Is Tony Lo Bianco's moustache for real?!?

Added: 16 July 2017 15:17:08 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Labyrinth" is indeed a superb episode! A who's who of solid character actors trapped in a claustrophobic setting a la DIE HARD. What's not to love??! It's right up there with "Mask of Death", "Target: Red", "Flags of Terror", "River of Fear", and "License to Kill" as the best from season 3. Don Gordon guested pretty much on every show in the 70s and 80s. I'm actually surprised he never made it to Five-O. Michael McGuire did. So did Felice Orlandi, Michael Strong, and Shelley Novack. Don Gordon was friends with Steve McQueen and showed up in quite a few of his films, most memorably as his partner Det. Delgetti in the 1968 cop classic BULLITT, also shot in SF.

Added: 16 July 2017 13:12:55 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I think I will do Epilog ratings for SOSF; too bad there are not icons available for "sucky" and stuff like that...

4 stars - Totally appropriate to the show
3 stars - A mixture of good and bad
2 stars - Meh, neither of the above
1 star - Sucky, totally inappropriate

What do you think? :D

Added: 16 July 2017 08:45:34 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

There were a few things about Labyrinth that should have made it 3-1/2 stars, but I said what the heck, I gave it 4 (like another episode from Kojak -- http://kojak.tv/kojak-2.htm#20 -- which had a much bigger flaw than anything in Labyrinth):

The biggest "huh?" to me was when Tony's son shows up at the end, considering his wife told Judith that she couldn't care less about him ("Tony died a long time ago"). Maybe they live close to the hotel or something? The wife is not seen at all in the Epilog, but maybe she took the kid there because he was noisy about seeing his dad and she didn't want to be part of the commotion.

Earlier on, Tony says that he did NOT throw the fight because of his kid, who had tapped him on the shoulder prior to entering the ring (but his kid is relatively "little"!). Was the kid really there? Or was this just like "an angel" tapping him on the shoulder? Tony does say that his wife has relatives in St. Louis, so maybe the kid was visiting them at the time.

It is always interesting to see a performance by Don Gordon, who passed away on April 24 of this year aged 90! But what is the thing on his character's right eyebrow -- it looks like a clear bandage of some kind. Would Tony still be recovering from the beating he took in the fight, which was over 2 months before?

I don't understand why the cop Landers brings Harry up to the fifth floor where Stone is, rather than just taking him to some command post which is probably in the lobby and busting him there. How does Landers knows that Stone is on the fifth floor? Maybe Landers is a keener who wants to show Stone what he did? Whatever -- this turns out to be not a good idea!

The Epilog is middling, some OK stuff as well as sucky stuff.

Added: 16 July 2017 08:10:54 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I definitely believe Labyrinth deserves to be included in the Top 10 episodes Streets of SF catalogue. It does an excellent job with the thin script. Mr. Mike, you are right about the Hotel. The actors and writers make good use of the different rooms in the hotel. Labyrinth has a claustrophobic feel and suspenseful as Tony fights to stay alive from the wound and Harry and Vincent are trapped in the police hotel dragnet. This is an episode you could make into a movie with some more writing. The acting and the story fit together authentically. Very rarely does a show capture a Labyrinth type magic. Agree 4 stars. Don't mess with a boxer. McG found that out with Wily Stone in the basement. I remember reading a Hemingway short story Fifty Grand in college. This reminds me of the Labyrinth story. JC

Added: 16 July 2017 06:19:55 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E22: Labyrinth ★★★★
Original air date: February 27, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writer: Del Reisman

Three hoods show up at the Pierre Hotel -- Harry (Michael McGuire), Jack Vincent (Felice Orlandi) and a syndicate muscleman named Dominick (uncredited actor). Vincent is recognized by Al Ginnis (Michael Strong), head of the hotel's security, who tells the desk clerk (Dave Willock) to call the cops because he expects trouble. The trio go to room 717, where welterweight figher Tony Fabrieze (Don Gordon) has been holed up for two months. They want to talk to Tony about a fight in St. Louis where he took a fall which caused some important people to lose a lot of money. Dominick moves towards Tony with the intention of giving him a good workover with brass knuckles, but Tony picks him up and throws him through the window to the street seven floors below. Harry pulls out a gun and wounds Tony, but Tony punches out both Harry and Vincent and flees to the floor below where he encounters Pete (Shelly Novack), who is leaving his room (#610) where he has been having an affair with Judith (Julie Adams). Tony forces Pete back into the room and hides out. He later tells Judith to go downstairs and call his wife and child and get them to come to the hotel. Judith does this, but despite the fact she tells Tony's wife Marian (Claire Brennen) that her husband is badly wounded, Marian says that she couldn't care less. Judith tries to return upstairs, but the cops who have arrived don't let her. Stone wants all the exits to the hotel sealed and later orders the place to be evacuated. This is a very large hotel; Daly the manager (Ben Hammer) is freaking out. Harry and Vincent hide out in a bar on an upper floor, but when they try to escape via the parking lot, the cops are there and their driver Gogo Friezell (Tony Young), is shot dead ... by Harry! When the police start a room-to-room search, Pete takes the opportunity to get away, leaving Tony in one of the bedrooms of the suite, passed out on a bed. Ginnis, who was a cop for 20 years until a brutal attack which killed his partner caused him to lose his nerve and retire, earlier was watching the three hoods and Fabrieze, but did nothing. Ginnis looks like he is going to jump out the window where Dominick went flying because he thinks he is a coward and inadequate at doing his job, but Stone and Keller talk him out of this. Harry and Vincent, who have gone back up into the hotel and have been hiding out in the steam room of the hotel's gym, decide to split up after the cops tell them to leave. Keller and Ginnis chase Vincent down a stairway, with Ginnes finally capturing Vincent after doing a flying leap. Harry goes to the hotel's laundry room where he pretends to be an employee until he is confronted by Inspector Landers (Bing Russell). Rather than take Harry out of the building, Landers brings him to the fifth floor where Harry grabs some elderly man and threatens to break his neck. Stone offers to take the man's place as Harry requests a police helicopter to come to the roof and take him away from the scene. As Stone and Harry are just about ready to get in to the helicopter, Keller shoots Harry.

EPILOG:

Tony's young son shows up at the hotel as his father is taken away in an ambulance. Keller talks to Judith and says that Tony will survive. She has been concerned that her affair would be publicized if she got involved, but when she asks Keller if she needs any more information for his report, he says that they have everything they need. She looks very relieved. As Stone and Keller are leaving, Stone tells Keller the cops should consider having the policeman's convention at the hotel since they know the floor plan so well. Keller grudgingly says this sounds like a good idea, but he intends to take a vacation during that week if it happens.

REVIEW:

This is a very good show, which makes effective use of the "set" (the hotel). The acting from all hands is exceptional, right down to the smallest parts. Michael Strong gives an excellent performance. We can sense that this guy probably hasn't had to contend with any real "crime" at his hotel security job, and when he is faced with actually dealing with something really serious, he totally falls apart. The only thing I found kind of weird was why does ... or maybe how does ... Tony's kid show up at the end? His mother is nowhere in sight! There is a very good score as well, even though it is stock music.

MORE TRIVIA:

• IMDb spells Strong's character's last name "Ginnis," whereas the subtitles on the DVD set use what we would expect: "Guinness." As well, the subtitles spell Vincent's last name as "Vinson." Vincent's real name is "Vince Tenny," according to Keller.
• The way Ginnis goes flying over the hole in the stairway to grab Vincent is pretty remarkable, considering prior to this, the defeated Ginnis had all the energy of a wet noodle.

Added: 15 July 2017 20:18:11 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

... and the Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche. I remember when we (the Flyers) got Eric Lindros from the Nordiques back in the day and he was going to be our superstar, our Wayne Gretzky, for years to come. Didn't quite work out that way. He was on fire at first but then quickly got bogged down with injuries. In his later years he barely even played. I think he was on the bench most of the time.

Added: 15 July 2017 17:43:29 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

Ringfire,

I'm glad I'm not the only one to like the "Here Today" episode. The simulated helicopter flight idea was really dumb, but it did not detract the rest of the episode for me. Besides, I'm a sucker for any Madlyn Rhue episode. Same goes for Marj Dusay and Sharon Acker among others.

Added: 15 July 2017 16:28:12 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I have added the main shows we were discussing in the previous forum format to this page:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/phpBB-archived/OtherShows/

Added: 15 July 2017 14:59:03 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Ringfire
I would give School Of Fear 3 stars. It was an interesting episode. Mr. Summers was a sympathetic figure who lost his wife and his job. Pretty much his entire life. I like you Ringfire enjoy these creative stories. Deadly Courier HFO Season 11 for example.
Honestly, I see some of Mr. Mike's points. This Teacher has these students trying to learn chained up in an abandoned school house. He knows he's breaking the law. An intelligent man. What's the end game? Summers can't chain them up forever and eventually their families would come looking for them. I thought it was smart writing for Summers died falling through the rotted floor of the school house. He had spent so many years educating students at school. There was some good in the end as at least 2 would ho back to learning. Had the teacher survived...Maybe they would have sent him to Rabb PI for evaluation and stay!!!!! JC

Added: 15 July 2017 02:55:16 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

With regard to the "Blazers" hockey team mentioned in The Glass Dart Board, if you do a Google search, you will find a reference to the Bay Area Blazers Hockey Academy:

https://playpass.com/bay-area-blazers-o1045/about

But this is a training program, with no indication how long it has been going on -- I'm sure not for 40 years, anyway.

There was also a Vancouver Blazers hockey team which played around the time of the show:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Blazers

But this team only lasted for two seasons; the last one was 1974-1975, which would not have gone up to September of 1975 when the show was broadcast.

In the early 70's there was a hockey team called the San Francisco Sharks, but they never got off the ground and the franchise was sold to businessmen in Québec and became the Québec Nordiques.

Added: 15 July 2017 01:23:32 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Fred, as I already told Mike I had a sneaking suspicion that he wouldn't like "School of Fear" and sure enough I was right. I've noticed that Mike typically likes to look at how believable the story is whereas I tend to look more at how original and how entertaining it is. This one sure was original and entertaining (for me, anyway). But yes it IS farfetched and pretty "out there", which doesn't really bother me (it's the same reason why I like Five-O's "Here Today... Gone Tonight"), but clearly these things tend to rub Mike the wrong way. If you start dissecting it then of course the whole thing falls apart. How can a frail old man round up all these energetic (and very problematic) teenagers and hold them captive without them disarming him or busting loose at the first opportunity? Doesn't make sense. But I overlook these things because I was entertained and I found the whole premise very original. Plus Maurice Evans gave a fine performance as the teacher with an almost psychotic passion to reform these troubled youths. He did it all for their benefit, no matter the cost.

Mike, the only Blazers sports team I know is the Portland Trail Blazers and they play basketball. It's the NBA. I don't know any NHL team (past or present) with that name, unless it's supposed to be some local junior team or something.

Added: 14 July 2017 23:01:58 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

HFO & Streets Of SF Fans.
Asylum is a Streets of SF classic. Any Classic episode usually has an outstanding cast. Check that box. Susan (Belinda J. Montgomery) Paul (Michael Anderson Jr.) and RABB (James Olson). Mysterious deaths are occurring at Rabb PI but since many are psychiatric patients with varying degrees of mental stability...A full scale investigation had not been conducted. Somebody getting away with murder. Keller shines in his undercover role as a new patient at Rabb. He tries to befriend the beautiful Susan who's friend Paul had recently went to the police about the death of another patient. He was later found dead by hanging at Rabb. Asylum is suspenseful as Keller must locate the perpetrator inside Rabb before his cover is blown. Gene a Psych Tech Physical Therapy type worker is the murderer. Mr. Watson selects patients who have family with some wealth or have donated $ back to Rabb on their death. I presume insurance policies and things. From what I understood, Rabb PI was hanging on financially. Gene killed some of these patients to keep Rabb PI solvent with the funds from the deceased. There probably was a little psycho to Gene as well. Very interesting episode. I would give Asylum 3.5 stars. Kudos to Michael Douglas on his acting and the brilliant acting scene when he arrives at Rabb. It has to be seen to be believed. JC

Added: 14 July 2017 22:06:15 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

S03E21: Asylum
Original air date: February 20, 1975
Director: Robert Douglas; Writer: Larry Brody

Susan Howard (Belinda J. Montgomery), a woman suffering from schizophrenia, witnesses the drowning of a patient at the Rabb Psychiatric Institute in a hydrotherapy tub. Another patient, Paul Bierce (Michael Anderson Jr.), sees the aftermath of this. Soon after, Bierce escapes from a field trip he is taking with several patients from the institute at the California Academy of Sciences. Bierce goes to the cops, and tells them about what he has seen, but because of their interrogation manner, he freaks out and winds up back at the hospital where he is heavily doped up. Later, Bierce is found dead, having hung himself. Pretending to be Stone's nephew, Keller goes underground at the institute as Steve Henderson to investigate after being given some drug by Lenny Murchison (Fred Sadoff), the consulting police psychiatrist, to induce symptoms which temporarily make him into a raving lunatic. Keller vacillates between violent outbursts and attempting to ingratiate himself with Susan and find out what happened with Bierce, finally telling her that he is really a cop. Unfortunately, his conversation with Susan is overheard by Dr. Hamill (Bettye Ackerman), who immediately tells the boss of the place, Jonas Rabb (James Olson), who up to that point has been a major suspect. Stone, interviewing the relatives of another patient who died under suspicious circumstances, figures out the killer is physical therapist Gene Watson (Robert Walker Jr.), an angel of mercy type who hastened the deaths of some patients that were considered lost causes. Following this, Watson accepted large donations to the hospital fromn their relatives for his "services." Stone shows up at the institute just as Watson slips some substance to Keller in the form of fruit punch which ends up with Keller walking around on the building's roof in a delirious state. Fortunately, Susan is able to coax Keller inside, where he is grabbed by Rabb.

EPILOG:

Stone apologizes for the charade with Murchison who was giving Rabb the runaround as to whether or not Keller was a cop, and Rabb is glad that the hospital is now in the clear. Keller says goodbye to Susan.

REVIEW:

Douglas does some intense acting, including screaming hysterically as he is brought to the institute in an ambulance. He manages to be pretty confrontational after this, even with his "uncle," Stone. The show does turn in an almost clichéd direction like where a journalist or cop goes underground in a mental institution and they find themselves in even more peril than when they were admitted. Most of the other patients are kind of faceless, except for Tim Yuro who plays Robert, committed as someone of unsound mind after he raped and murdered his own daughter; he is very protective of Susan, who he has "adopted" as his own child.

MORE TRIVIA:
- Stone and Keller have a good exchange. Stone: "Are you thinking of going undercover in that mental institution?" Keller: "Yeah." Stone: "Well, now just between you and me ... you're crazy!" Keller: "Well, that makes me a natural, right?"
- The institute's address is 1850 Keary Street, San Francisco 94133. A letter with a donation was received by them dated November 5, 1974 from Mary Wilcox, who lives at 2543 Broadway Avenue.

Added: 14 July 2017 17:19:58 MST


Submitted by: Fred
From: Chatsworth

Oh no Ringfire!

Mike did not like "School of Fear"! I had mentioned that you had to forget the ridiculousness of the situation. Because you are right, somewhere down the line, it should have been very easy to overpower Summers and escape.

I like "Glass Dartboard". But I'm not as great a fane of "Poisoned Snow" as you guys are. Why could Hamill use his blaster to get the cash he needed? He said he was good with it against the womp rats. :)

Added: 14 July 2017 16:36:29 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Sheesh, do I have to do all the reviews in numerical order? :!nerd:

Added: 14 July 2017 11:42:47 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

What happened to your "Men Will Die" review?

Added: 14 July 2017 11:15:29 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

S04E05: School of Fear ★½
Original air date: October 9, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writers: Brad Radnitz, Gordon Basichis & Marcia Basichis; Music: John Parker

When Walter Randolph, a teacher at Manual High School, attempts to break up a fight between two students, he is shot dead. One of the students, Jim Riley (Don Stark), is busted, but the other, Richie Martino (Bob Hegyes), flees the scene. A few days later, Martino still has not shown up, and some other students have also gone missing. Leopold Summers (Maurice Evans), an older teacher who was fired from the school because of his disciplinary methods, has kidnapped Martino and three of his other former students and chained them to desks in a classroom at the abandoned Thomas Paine Academy where Summers himself went to school many years before. In addition to the Chicano-looking Martino, the others are the black Billy Jeffers (Erik Kilpatrick), Randy Pruitt (Mark Lambert) from the poor side of town and the mouthy Judy Harris (Barbara Stanger). Judy was reportedly the one who "ratted out" Summers after he struck a student (Jeffers) which resulted in him getting canned, but Summers says that he won't hold this against her. Summers wants to improve his captives' education on topics like world history, literature and so forth. Keller manages to track Summers down to his old neighborhood and goes to the abandoned academy where he finds the room where the kids are being held, but gets knocked out by Summers and also chained to a desk. When Keller starts to question Summers' methods, the teacher tells him to shut up. Prior to Keller's arrival, Judy got Martino to throw her purse out of the building with a message for help. It was found by some neighborhood bum, who called her father (Geoffrey Lewis) with hopes of getting a reward. The father arrives at the school with a gun and starts fighting with Summers after Judy suggests that the teacher molested her. Stone then shows up and punches Harris out. Summers escapes to the upper floors of the building and Stone pursues him, as hallucinatory audio flashbacks are heard on the soundtrack. Summers falls through a part of the floor which is rotten and dies when he hits the ground below.

EPILOG:

Stone and Keller find themselves back at Manual High. Billy, who was the only student of the kidnapped four to show interest in what Summers was trying to do, has re-entered the curriculum for his final semester. Billy says, "If old Summers thought I was worth dying for ... well, I can try." The school's principal (John Lehne), says "Some good has come out of all this." Pruitt is back and Martino might return, though Judy Harris has dropped out. As they leave the building, Stone talks about how much Summers cared for his students despite his other faults and Keller says while he was chained up, Summers had the kids listening.

REVIEW:

This show sort of has an interesting premise, which these days might form the basis for a dystopian movie like Battle Royale or The Hunger Games. But I thought it was ridiculous. One of the major problems is the students, who are supposedly around 17-18 years old. They are typical "high school students" portrayed by actors who are much older, and it shows. As of the date of the episode's broadcast, Hegyes was 21, Lambert was 23 and Stanger was 26! (I can't find a date for Kilpatrick; Stark was 24.) There is no indication how old Summers is supposed to be, but Evans was 64. Considering he sometimes walks with a cane, he seems very agile in kicking Pruitt down the stairs of the building where he lives and forcing the students to do his bidding, albeit at knife or gun point. But think -- how many times have you seen a film or TV show where someone has a gun pointed right in their face and manages to disarm the person holding the gun? You would expect the street-smart Martino to be able to do this, especially while Summers is standing right beside him in the classroom where Martino is chained up. Just because Summers is a "person of authority" doesn't mean the students have to be terrified of him! Another issue has to do with "people going to the bathroom." Summers tells them that they are "rested, fed and allowed personal hygiene." During all of these, the kids might have an opportunity to escape, though when he lets Jeffers go to the toilet, Summers makes sure that the door is locked while Jeffers is inside. Evans does give a good performance as the kindly "old-fashioned" teacher who is seriously deranged because of the death of his wife 10 years before as well as his dismissal from the school system, but it is all for nothing!

MORE TRIVIA:

- Summers drives a vintage Mercury, model "61-03," which, according to Mike Timothy, is a 1954 Mercury Monterey 2-DR Hardtop. If you watch the one scene where the camera is inside the car, Maurice Evans drives as if he is someone who is not used to driving.
- When Summers looks like he is making a eulogy for Randolph in the funeral home, he is reciting a passage from Thomas Hobbes' Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, specifically Chapter XIII, Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery.
- It seems very odd to me that when Harris comes to the police station after Summers calls him to say that Judy is being held captive but she will not be harmed, that the one major clue to Summers' identity that might help the cops -- that he has an English accent -- is not mentioned.
- One of the books which Summers is forcing the students to read looks like it is called "Adventures in Appreciation."
- Harris's father's phone number is 362-0024.
- As Stone and Keller approach their car which is parked on the school grounds at the end of the show, a couple of students are looking in the car like they want to steal it!

Added: 14 July 2017 10:34:11 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"The Glass Dartboard" (cool title!) is definitely a season 4 highlight, one of the best from the season. Not only do Stone and Keller have to catch a sniper psycho but also need to put up with the bureaucratic B.S. of their superior. Tensions are certainly high here. I can't remember what the PERT did but I've worked at companies where I had to deal with crap like this. Like Stone, I like to come in and get my work done. It frustrates me to no end when there are deadlines we need to meet and instead of just letting us do the job we were hired to do we get sidetracked by having to participate in various B.S. sessions. Then we get presented with graphs and charts, bars and lines, percentages and other numbers. Things that I couldn't give a rat's rear end about because they don't expedite my work but only slow it down and waste my time. It's all just clutter and mindless overhead. I always say that less is more.

Added: 13 July 2017 22:02:45 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I have revamped the format of the reviews. See this page for an example:

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm

It will take a while to revise what I have already done, aside from season one, which will require a major overhaul already.

Added: 12 July 2017 15:01:21 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

In the PERT show, Keely was obviously ahead of his time, much to the annoyance of men in the department who found his methods to be counter-productive. But I dunno how advanced computers of the day were. For example, Keely tells Keller to check out the 2,500 people who work in the building. Then in the next scene we see Keller with Stone in their car and Keller holding a large pile of printouts (not a "paperless" solution already), which suggests that they got this information very quickly with the help of computers. I don't think SOSF was like Five-Zero where you can log into a Supercomputer and, starting with a facial recognition search, come up with obscure information in a few seconds like the results of a suspect's driving test 20 years ago. I think that Keller got this printout via the manager of the building (so some time was left out here), not through any facilities at the police station, but you have to wonder if this list of past and present employees would be so detailed and all-inclusive, even if the building is only a year old.

Added: 12 July 2017 07:56:05 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

S04E03: No Place to Hide ★★★
Original air date: September 25, 1975
Director: Virgil W. Vogel; Writer: Robert Malcolm Young; Music: Richard Markowitz

When a young woman is shot dead in a laundromat, Stone and Keller find themselves involved with the world of gangs at the fictional and nasty Holton Prison, including those outside who have been paroled but have connections to two bosses in the jail, Carl Metzger (Todd Martin) of the White Brothers and Lafayette Delacroix (Ji-Tu Cumbuka), leader of the black Cadre. Jennifer O'Brien, the murdered woman, was refusing to co-operate in a plan devised by Metzger to smuggle drugs into the prison via her incarcerated husband Robert (Michael Bell). Taking advantage of the fact that Robert now feels his life is over because of his wife's death, Delacroix slips him a shiv and tells him to knock off Metzger, but O'Brien himself is murdered. (Metzger and Delacroix are surprisingly chummy in a meeting in the prison shower room later which suggests that the murder of O'Brien was planned between the two of them.) The next prospect for Metzger's smuggling plan is Lou King (Paul Carr), who is in Holton for embezzlement. King's wife Rita (Stefanie Powers) is visited by Holton parolee Jack Constantine (Chris Robinson, giving a totally slimy performance) who convinces her to co-operate if she wants her husband to remain healthy. Keller enlists the help of Pepper Collins (Stan Haze), a black guy out on parole from Holton who he has had dealings with in the past, to give him the scoop on members of the White Brothers who are possible suspects in Jennifer O'Brien's murder. Collins is only to glad to co-operate to "get back at the honkies." Rita, who was pals with Jennifer O'Brien, meets with Constantine at some out-of-the-way location which looks like a garbage dump to discuss the dope smuggling. Joe Max (Ben Frank), another ex-con from Holton who Constantine has "contracted" to knock off Collins also shows up and is shot dead by Constantine when he complains about his assignment. Rita flees the scene but some guy at the dump makes a note of her car license plate, which leads Stone and Keller to her. Rita refuses to talk unless Stone makes a deal to have her husband released, otherwise he is as good as dead. Stone makes the deal with a judge late in the evening and he and Keller go to see Rita to tell her, just as Constantine, who has broken into her place, is threatening her with a knife in a sequence which seems out of a slasher film. Constantine is taken away and soon after this, Rita spills the beans. It is an odd coincidence that Metzger has the same last name as Tom Metzger, described by Wikipedia as an "American white supremacist, skinhead leader and former Klansman [who] founded White Aryan Resistance [and] was a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s."

EPILOG:

Stone and Keller escort the Kings to a bus depot in downtown San Francisco which will take them to the airport and a new life under the Witness Protection Program. Keller gets to imitate Marlon Brando in The Godfather (not very well) when he says that Rita made "an offer that [Stone] couldn't refuse." As they are leaving the scene, Stone tells Keller that King's new name is "John Louis Smith," which Keller thinks is pretty lame.

Added: 12 July 2017 07:14:08 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I was curious those who watched The Glass Dartboard Streets SF. Did you like Keely's PERT chart to find the perpetrator? Keely was ahead of his time.
Enjoyed I Ain't Marchin'Anymore. Keller was the perfect undercover man. Steve attended Berkeley a younger man, and seemed to be a progressive type. He had some empathy for the draft dodgers but Keller had a job to do.

Added: 11 July 2017 21:22:22 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Big fan of The Glass Dart Board. That PERT chart makes me laugh every time. Truax is an unlikely criminal to look at him. I love the episode because Stone becomes very angry at Neely and his methods. They almost apprehended Truax in the night helicopter patrol. The nut job file and letters was a quick way to end the episode. Truax looked like a lonely man who could have used some lovin'. On a conventional 4 star scale,I would give The Glass Dart Board 3.5 stars.

Added: 11 July 2017 16:41:44 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

S04E02: The Glass Dart Board
Original air date: September 18, 1975
Director: Harry Falk; Writer: Sean Baine

Martin Truax (Lou Frizzell) is taking shots at the 35-story Balboa Towers using a high-powered German "Handel" rifle. As we find out later, he is aggrieved because his property was expropriated to get land for the building, and he feels he was not compensated enough. Truax wants $1 million or he will keep up his attacks on the place, even threatening to "destroy" it. When one of Truax's shots kills an accountant, the cops get even more interested than just investigating the shooting angle. Unfortunately, Stone has to contend with an old pal of his, Jacob Keely (Patrick Wayne), who has been promoted to captain while Devitt is on sick leave. Keely is a "squint," according to Keller, meaning someone who never leaves the office and squints when he goes outside and sees the sun. Stone uses tried-and-true methods including triangulation from high up in the building to try and catch Truax, but finds himself constantly frustrated by Keely, who micro-manages things and interferes with Stone's work. Keely uses a management technique for complex programming he developed called P.E.R.T. (Program Evaluation and Review), which consists of a large flowchart where data relating to the case is entered. When Keely shows this method to the men, some of them roll their eyes. Stone and Keller have a good chance of capturing Truax one evening, but Keely takes command in the helicopter being used to follow the suspect and sends everyone in the wrong direction. This causes Stone to go totally ballistic, telling Keely that he is "what went wrong" with the operation, because he let the shooter escape. Shortly after this, using P.E.R.T., Keely has a suspect named Harlan Jeffers (Paul Pepper) picked up, and everything about him falls into place except the fact that he does not own the rifle being used. With the help of the Balboa Towers' building manager Eli Mason (Joel Fabiani), Stone and Keller add to the lists they already have of people connected to the skyscraper, including those who were responsible for the building's construction. Their last resort is the architectural firm which designed it, and there they find a "nut file" with letters from cranks including Truax, who was complaining bitterly about having to sell his property. Stone and Keller go to Truax's place, where the shooter is undone by the fact that his 1953 Lincoln (license number AXO 995) won't start and his Airedale Terrier dog named Scruff. Truax ends up wounded by Keller and is taken into custody.

EPILOG:

Devitt returns from the hospital and Keely is promoted to Research and Planning. Keely tells Stone that he is an example of The Peter Principle, having risen to the level of his own incompetence. Stone says the fact Keely is being promoted would negate this criticism, suggesting that Keely planned this all along.

Added: 11 July 2017 15:44:15 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

JACOB'S BOY
This is a pretty good episode, but far from great. Probably on par with "One Chance to Live". Brock Peters is very good (as always) as Jacob Willis. Peters always has this crazy intensity in everything I see him in. Whether it's the sympathetic defendant Tom Robinson in the classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or a baddie in a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE episode he's always intense. There's just something about him. He also has these huge nostrils which are always flaring lol. I don't get any gay context between him and the boy because I basically see Jacob as a father figure to the boy. If the real father wasn't around and Jacob had to raise the boy as his own then of course there's going to be a strong bond between them, and as we see it's stronger than between the boy and his real father.

FLAGS OF TERROR
This is one of the best in the series! It's a suspenseful hostage drama and those are always great. Katherine Cannon plays the loose cannon in the group who definitely is the trigger happy one. Her Five-O equivalent is probably the chick from "Tsunami" or the chick from "A Woman's Work is with a Gun". Both crazy chicks! One correction, Mike, is that Dick Roth (played by Tom Hallick) is not the military guy hostage but one of the cops or feds that Stone coordinates with on how to diffuse the situation. I also wondered what happened to Elliott Street at the end. When the shooting starts he just disappears. I wonder how you would compare this episode to "Voice of Terror" on Five-O. Both are hostage situations and both feature a group of revolutionary wackos with Marxist ideas (even though Dellam claims to denounce Karl Marx).

POISONED SNOW
I agree that this is a very good episode. It's a really interesting (and highly original) premise. Clu Gulager is a cop on the edge who's had it with all the scum on the streets. He's gonna clean up the streets once and for all - by killing as many dealers and junkies as he can. Of course we saw in advance how the Mark Hamill character would play out by the episode's end, but it was still a highly engrossing episode. As with season 3, season 4 opens strong! The next episode is even stronger.

Added: 09 July 2017 21:50:28 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

S04E01 - Poisoned Snow
Original air date: September 11, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writer: Paul Savage

Clu Gulager is Inspector George Turner, a narcotics cop, whose girlfriend (also a cop) Maggie Collins (Janis Hansen) is shot dead when she attempts to make an arrest during a drug transaction. The hotheaded Turner, who describes the people he deals with "slime" and "human garbage," accuses his partner Phil (Alan Fudge), who was with Maggie at the time, of bungling the operation. Stone himself says that they shouldn't give women this kind of work, it is too dangerous. Turner was going to marry Maggie soon, after a divorce from his wife was finalized. He seeks vengeance, attempting to track down her killer, a guy named Cajun (Tony Geary, later of General Hospital). Turner gets a tip regarding Woody Parks (George Sawaya), distributor of the heroin. He and Phil attempt to bust Parks, but Turner pretends he didn't find any dope in Parks' car and they let him go. In reality, Turner does find the hidden drugs and laces it with rat poison. This has the desired effect of killing Cajun, but it also kills around 30 other junkies with the cops totally run off their feet dealing with this sudden epidemic of death. Turner's action also has extreme consequences, because his own son Andy (a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill) is a dope addict who dies after purchasing some of the contaminated heroin. I could see this plot angle coming a mile away, given that Andy was sniffing from a "cold" during a meeting early in the show with his father. This is a very good episode, with Stone being very intense, interesting photography including sequences with the camera in the back of Stone and Keller's car (no process shots) and extreme closeups when Stone is grilling Turner after the latter's scheme is revealed, some pretty crazy driving by Keller, interesting music (albeit stock tracks) and a great cast including several character actors. There is a reference to Captain Devitt, the Tim O'Connor character (though he is not seen) and a "real" phone number -- 386-8271 -- is mentioned.

EPILOG

Phil, Stone and Keller encounter Turner in the basement of the cop shop as he is being taken away in a paddy wagon. Turner, who is unrepentant, says "Nothing's gonna change," and there's "a different kind of poison" on the street now. When Turner asks his partner "How's it goin?" Phil responds, "I'm still trying", and shuts the paddy wagon door. Phil tells Stone and Keller,"He's wrong, you know. Things are changing all the time. Sometimes just not for the better, that's all."

Added: 09 July 2017 08:29:53 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Ringfire & Mr. Mike
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore is a Classic. Keller has sympathy for those draft dodger types but has an investigation to do. Love the house and the spread of land in Northern California. Enjoyed the episode. Suspenseful. Didn't know how Keller would get out of there alive.
Jacob's Boy.
Very good episode. The Peter kid idolized Jacob as his mother died when he was 3 or so. The end of Jacob's Boy sure makes your eyes water. The way the prisoners were treated and such. Jacob was rehabilitated and made a compelling case to the judge.
Flags Of Terror an incredible episode. One of the best in the entire series. Capturing Keller was a smart move. Escalating the suspense quotient. Also, ypou could see what was happening through Keller's eyes. Impressive!

Added: 07 July 2017 17:36:11 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I AIN'T MARCHIN' ANYMORE
After a great start to season 3 with four very strong episodes we get the first average episode. Mike, I find it interesting that you call this episode "suspenseful" (in regards to whether Keller will be unmasked) because I think overall this episode has less suspense than the typical SOSF episode, including the previous four. I probably enjoyed it a bit more this time around than when I first saw it but I'd still call it pretty average. Good catch on Paul Stanley having directed the similarly themed draft-dodging Five-O episode "To Kill Or Be Killed". I wonder if his getting the job on this episode had anything to do with the other one. I think so. I doubt it was just a coincidence. In any case I was never exactly a huge fan of that episode either. I think the Five-O episode overall is stronger and packs quite a wallop at the end (it just takes a while to get there) but it's not one I choose to revisit often. Also you mention that both Douglas and MacArthur were the same age (29) when they went undercover as draft dodgers. This is not quite accurate. JMac, born in 1937, would have been around 33 when the Five-O episode aired.

ONE CHANCE TO LIVE
Mike, I see you're calling this one "awful" but apart from a few nit-picks you don't really explain why you think it's so bad. I personally don't think it's particularly great either but I probably enjoy it more than the previous draft-dodging episode. It's definitely far from awful. For starters we have this nasty creep played by Steven Keats (who always excels at these types). He then really gets under Keller's skin and accuses him of police brutality, even going so far as to get a bunch of thugs to beat him up to lay the blame on Keller (this is right out of DIRTY HARRY where Scorpio does the same). He's definitely a sick pup. I agree that Joanne Linville's character is kind of grating, though I think she's supposed to make you feel that way. She's a sorry-looking loner type, all the more strange that a high ranking Canadian politician would have any interest in her. In her peformance here she actually reminds me in some ways of Zohra Lampert, who I think could easily play a part like this. A somewhat sorry, somewhat off-kilter, odd duck type of character that Zohra excels in. Oh, and of course Keller knows who Downing is. We Americans know every single Canadian politician out there ;) We watch their speeches religiously!

Added: 05 July 2017 23:04:49 MST


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Thanks for setting this up Mike - I think continuing the page for discussion of other TV shows is a great move. So many classic cop/detective shows from the 60's and 70's. Previously when I saw your post on The Invaders it brought back memories of a show I loved but had not thought about in 25 years or probably more. Great fun reading about it and remembering it again.

Added: 03 July 2017 11:01:15 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

SOSF S03E07: Jacob's Boy
Original air date: October 24, 1974
Director: Harry Falk; Writer: Paul Savage

Brock Peters plays Jacob Willis who works for businessman George Todd (Dabney Coleman), though exactly what his "job" is is a big mystery (at one point, Willis is seen doing maintenance on Todd's yacht). Willis has become a surrogate father (and mother) to Todd's son Peter (Mitch Vogel) because when Todd's wife died, Todd buried himself in responsibilities for his work and from that point on, neglected looking after his son. In 1949, Willis, whose real name is Earl Barnes, was serving time for petty theft in an Tuscaloosa, Alabama prison, where he attacked a guard and then escaped. Recently, Willis was recognized in San Francisco by a fellow convict from way back then named Hoby Shuttleworth (James Griffith), who tells Willis that the guard died and he wants a payment not to expose him. Willis shows up at a bar where he hands over $500 to Hoby, but after he leaves, a scuzzy guy from the bar, Frenchy (Roy Jensen) steals the money, helped by Hubert "Gimp" Franklin (Robert Walden). Toby hits his head on a wall and dies after he is pushed by Frenchy, another SOSF incident where injuries like this would typically not have been fatal. Gimp, interviewed by Stone and Keller, puts the blame for Toby's death on Willis, and the two cops spring into action investigating. Todd is very concerned when he learns about Willis's past, of which he knew nothing, but he offers his full financial and legal support. Willis seemingly spends time at Todd's place looking after the son, but has his own apartment where he appears to be living the life of a respectable citizen. As well, he has a cabin near Santa Rosa north of San Francisco. When Willis decides to leave town after giving the cops his fingerprints which will reveal his past, Peter says he wants to come along, but Willis discourages this. Peter follows Willis to Santa Rosa anyway, but Willis puts the kid on a bus back home. The police in the area, responding to an APB for Willis, shoot and wound him, but Willis manages to get to his cabin. Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, aside from a confession by Frenchy, who gets hit by a car, that he was the one reponsible for Toby's death, Stone and Keller find out that Willis did not kill the guard 25 years before, but merely injured him. In the usual nick of time, the two San Francisco cops arrive at the cabin just as Willis is about to commit suicide and talk him out of it. The relationship between Willis and Peter is peculiar, not helped by the fact the actor playing Peter was around 18 and looks it, whereas he is supposed to be less than 15, the number of years that Willis has worked for Todd. I'm sure that eyebrows were raised about a black man (Willis) looking after a white man's kid in this manner in 1974. As the show went on, I kept wondering about this relationship, whether it was going to have a gay subtext, but that would have been totally rank and there is no way that the show could have gotten away with this.

EPILOG

Willis makes an impassioned speech before Judge George Gilbert (Bill Baldwin), who says that after what happened and Willis's history for the last 25 years, the judge considers Willis to be rehabilitated and he is recommending that Willis be released with no bail and all charges be dropped, pending a decision by the legal authorities in Sacramento.

Added: 03 July 2017 03:26:09 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Streets of San Francisco (SOSF) reviews continue...

S03E08: Flags of Terror
Original air date: October 31, 1974
Director: Virgil W. Vogel; Writer: Jerry Ziegman

In this nail-biter, three terrorists connected with an insurrectionist movement in the fictional African country of Batasi -- Dallam (Carl Franklin), Mary-Beth Hall (Katherine Cannon) and Murray (Elliott Street) -- return from Japan with cameras, each of which contains a powerful explosive which is triggered remotely. When they come through US Customs, suspicion is aroused, but they manage to escape from the building along with Sonny (David Giles), the brother of Dallam who has been waiting with an automatic rifle along with another guy. In the confusion, a young girl is shot dead, witnessed by her horrified father, whose name is Warren (Robert Hogan). Stone and Keller just happen to be nearby investigating smuggling on a cruise ship, so they, along with several other cops, give chase. The terrorists take two hostages, Kerry Martin (Adrienne La Russa), a ballet dancer, and Dick Roth (Tom Hallick), a military man, and flee to the harbor where they hold up on a yacht along with Keller, who they also grab while he is pursuing them plus Nick Solana (Julio Medina), a man who is doing maintenance on the yacht. A team of sharpshooters arrives at the scene along with Mehlman (Timothy Burns), a police electronics geek who tells Stone that in the camera with one of the terrorists on board the yacht is a code which can be used to override its deadly capabilities. Keller, who has a few words with Stone at the request of his captors, gets Kerry to find out the code while he is distracting Sonny, who gets killed by Warren, who has sneaked up onto the yacht by swimming in the harbor. As the terrorists and their hostages move towards a seaplane which arrives to take them to freedom, Keller manages to relay the code number with his fingers back to Stone who is on a barge nearby, co-ordinating things with the riflemen. Warren appears again and distracts the terrorists as the the bomb is disarmed. Mary-Beth is wounded and all the bad guys are all taken into custody. There is some Canadian content in the show: Mary-Beth asks the supplier of the bomb-containing cameras in Japan if they were used in Quebec the previous year, presumably by the terrorist group FLQ (Front de libération du Québec). But t his organization was pretty much finished by the end of 1971. It is not clear what happens to the Elliott Street character during the final confrontation.

EPILOG

Keller is harassed by Jack Leist (Richard Eastman), an annoying radio journalist who was earlier bugging Stone. He tells the man "Whatever they [the terrorists] talked about , whatever you're talking about, there's only one thing that happened today -- three people got killed [the third was the man who arrived at Customs with Sonny, shot by Keller at the docks]. So whoever ends up saving the world, nothing changes that fact." Keller leaves with Stone.

Added: 02 July 2017 09:29:05 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

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Added: 02 July 2017 09:06:04 MST


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