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http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/season5.htm

I did this anal-ysis of the writers of the last season of SOSF to try and figure out if the reason that it was so bad was because like with Five-O's last season they brought in a bunch of writers (and other production people) that had little to do with the previous seasons and who really didn't know what was going on as far as the show was concerned.

I don't know if you can say the same thing about SOSF's final season based on this analysis.

That said, I really don't think I am going to overcome my antipathy to Richard Hatch's presence in the final season. The guy is a really boring and mediocre actor -- at least on this show.

Compare him to William Smith on Five-O. At least with Smith you can totally dislike the guy and be constantly complaining "why is this guy anywhere near Hawaii"!!


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Mr. Mike

Thanks for reviewing some Season 4 and 5 Episodes Streets SF. I think Judgment Day Season 4 is 1 of my FAV episodes Streets SF or Hawaii Five O. Michael Burns is an outstanding actor and he was fantastic as the vengeful killer Barry Jensen. Love when he leaves the book behind. It was a shame when the female Judge Lela buzzed for help and no security arrived. The father of Jensen, Elliott, whose life was destroyed when he was disbarred, made this an excellent episode. He lived in poverty and later died. The shooting at the courthouse and the Law Library chase were memorable scenes. I would give Judgment Day 4 stars. The Thrill Killers and Dead Or Alive stand out in your recent reviews. On The Thrill Killers:Keller shouldn't have blamed himself. It was dark and the young woman didn't look like a criminal. I'll never forget Stone's reaction when he learned Keller was shot in the heart. It was realistic the entire episode from the stealing and kidnapping of the jury to the suspense of whether the jury would live or perish. Dead Or Alive has always been a favorite of mine. The father's million dollar Dead or Alive reward to find the perpetrator was inventive. I enjoyed the episode cause it started to snowball. Citizens were looking for Max Gail's character and wanted that big reward. Some became victims themselves. I will agree with you Mr. Mike about the clown episode. No way somebody with the new clown makeup could go unnoticed in the tight knit clown community. JC


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Jason, I have put ratings on those season three shows, but it's not like I watched the shows again, I just shuffled stuff around. :!nerd: I might watch the shows again later.

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Agree with Jason. I thought the Richard Hatch Season 5 Streets SF episodes were good. Wished they had more seasons. Monkey Is Back is good as any Classic HFO and the Hot Dog with a young Don Johnson was a great episode. There would have been blowback whoever replaced Michael Douglas. Keller was a popular and well-written character. The ladies liked Michael Douglas too. He appealed to both men and women. I've heard the ratings for Streets Of SF were lower but I wish it had 8 seasons. Cannon had 5 seasons and Kojak too. 5 MUST BE magic number for crime shows. JC

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Glad to see you are working on the season 5 shows from SOSF. For me Hot Dog, Monkey Is Back and Time Out were my favorite from that season.

I thought Stone and Keller had a chemistry that I didn't see with Stone and Robbins. I've read many opinions over the years where many panned the 5th year of the SOSF. I didn't think it was that bad at all - I found it to be better than Hawaii Five-Os final 3 seasons were.

Hope that Mike is able to put a star rating on the seven episodes from season 3 that aren't rated yet. One Last Shot and Flags of Terror should get pretty high ratings, those were two really good shows.


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“The Drop” is my favorite season 5 episode. I love kidnap/ransom stories.

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I have finally ventured into season five of SOSF. Richard Hatch said in an interview that it took him about seven episodes to "get into the groove" or words to that effect. Well, I am waiting. So far he is dull as dishwater. I would certain like to see some discussion as to why Hatch is so bad and Michael Douglas was so good. But I'm sure there will be postings along the lines of "don't speak ill of the dead." That's not going to stop me. I really had to bite my tongue when Maurice Jarre died, and his passing didn't make me change my tune that his scores were some of the biggest obscenities in human history!

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-5.htm

I just watched the episode with Marcia Brady as a hooker, by the way ... that was pretty rank. James Olson plays the same kind of character he did in season one!


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Another obscure show makes it to DVD, may be of interest...

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Immortal-Complete-Collection/23 760


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I have just done the review for the circus episode, Clown of Death (S04E20):

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm#20


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I see you gave high marks to “Most Likely to Succeed” which is one of my favorites. Probably my favorite from season 4.

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I have reviewed a couple of SOSF episodes in the last while, you know where to find them.

In addition to the "spooks" episode, which I thought almost incomprehensible, I also watched the one starring Robert Drivas (the son from Vashon), which also got to the point where "you can't tell the characters without a score card."

Both of these shows will require further viewing.

Yesterday I watched the circus-related episode. Aside from being able to take advantage of building a show around an actual circus which was in San Francisco at the time, I think this show appealed to Karl Malden who, like his character on the show, always had dreams of being a circus clown.

The script for this show is pretty crappy. There is a big reveal at the end (spoilers, obviously) that the clown who knocks off three circus people (current and former) is the daughter of this guy who became crippled during an accident which she figures these people were responsible for. This woman is not normally a clown, she is connected with the equestrian part of the circus show.

This doesn't make any sense, because circus people are very close-knit and there is no way that a clown who suddenly appeared out of nowhere could knock off someone during a performance without the other half-dozen or so regular clowns (and other personnel) not scratching their heads as to why this "new" clown was there in the first place!


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I have been watching Longmire, a contemporary "western" set in Wyoming. I binge-watched the first five seasons already (there are only 10 or so shows in each season). What is funny, the lead actor is an Australian like Alex O, some guy who is in his mid-50s named Robert Taylor (same name as the famous American actor of the 1930s-1960s in movies and TV shows).

This show is like Five-Zero in the sense that like Hawaii, which you would expect to be a "nice place," you would think Wyoming is kind of nice and ecological, but boring. However, on the show it is a cesspool of vice and corruption, with lots of issues relating to Native Americans, as well as prostitution, drugs, wife-beaters, veterans with PTSD, the Irish Mafia (seriously), money laundering, etc., etc. In other words, more than enough crime to keep the show going for 5 years (the upcoming season, which will be all released on one day by Netflix this month, will reportedly be the last).

Longmire is the sheriff of some small Wyoming town, and has serious issues because his late wife was dying of cancer but was murdered. There are lots of relationship problems with not only him as he tries to adjust to life without her, but also the people who work for him. Longmire is going crazy because he thinks people are out to get him, his daughter ends up working for the local casino, run by guys who he despises, etc., etc.

I thought the first season had a few Five-Zero-like episodes which were kind of crappy, but the show got better as it went along, and there is a real "holy fucking shit" episode in the 4th season...


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Hi, Davey, of the season three shows, seven have to be updated, but I am probably just going to rearrange the information that is there. I will get around to doing season one some day, but this will involve watching the shows again. This could take a while. I am currently working on finishing the episodes from season four.

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Hi. I like the reviews of Streets. I didn't realize it in the 70s, but the overall production is excellent.

Is it possible to update Season 1 and 3 reviews, to include the analysis and rating?

I have all five seasons on DVD and the reviews greatly help to know which episodes are likely to be best to watch.

It seems like the 60s and 70s were the Golden years. I couldn't watch any modern shows for anything at all.

Thank you.


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There is only one Ironside WWW site that I have been able to track down, http://www.ironside.tv

This site contains an episode guide, but the episode descriptions are very short and have no critical comment. They look like they have been taken from somewhere like TV Guide.

There are also short biographies of Ironside and his team, plus mention of the DVDs. In North America, only the first four seasons have been released. Seasons 5-8 were released in Australia, are difficult to obtain and require a multiregion player if you are in North America.

There is a discussion forum, but it hasn't had any action for at least six years, and there are very few postings.

I don't know why there is so little interest in this site. One possible reason is when you log on to it, depending on which browser you are using, there may be a pop-up relating to the version of Adobe Flash which you are using, which might cause people some concern, because it looks kind of spammy. When I tried to log on to the site just now using Firefox, there were also long delays caused by one of the subsidiary web sites connected with it.

Speaking of Ironside, Elizabeth Baur, who replaced Barbara Anderson on the show and was a featured player from the fifth to the final eighth season, died recently at the age of 69: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elizabeth-baur-dead-ironside-actress- was-69-1047822


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SOSF reviews for season two are now finished:

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


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Daniel, while I don’t necessarily share your opinions on IRONSIDE I agree with you about PERRY MASON. I’ve tried but could never get into the old B&W PERRY MASON, but the newer 2-hour ones in color from the 80s and 90s I absolute love! Just great whodunnit mysteries!!

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Hi. I was going to ask if anyone had a comprehensive review website about Ironside, but apparently no one here likes it.

While Burr's immense popularity on Perry Mason, sure helped, if you think about it, it is impossible for a show to go 8 seasons on that alone.

It is an excellent show. I have watched every episode of the first four seasons.

Yes, Burr was a fine actor, but it is more than that. Excellent scripts and unique stories, fairly decent cinematography, and a tremendous comraderie, between the four leads. They obviously chose unknowns, because Burr had to be the star, but the friendly nature of all four, really helps the show. While he snaps at them, occasionally, you can see that he really does like them, and you can understand how difficult it is to be disabled. He does many special things for all three, and they eat together, and even live together- a very warm touch to the show. The Support cast is very vital.

Then, of course, stellar guest stars.

About 2-3 episodes per season, are obviously a Perry Mason type, to please the viewers.

Incidentally, I've tried many times, but can never get into Perry Mason, although the later TV movies, were good.

I like Ironside very much.


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John C. - I love "The Hard Breed". It has an all star list of guest stars in Jim Davis, Harry Carey Jr., Noah Beery and Sam Elliot. It also has a very good plot even if the old man is delusional enough to think he could get the cute cowgirl. I think Mike gave it an appropriate rating.

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The Hard Breed was a SF episode blessed with excellent acting. It reminded me of The Takers plenty of possible suspects. I enjoyed the rodeo scenes Cow Palace and the way Keller & Stone tried to narrow down the perpetrator. Loved when they K&S watched the footage from the ride and the death of the rider. Solid detective work. Hawaii Five O would do a similar episode Requiem For A Saddle Bronc Rider. Enjoyed both episodes. The men & women have a culture and code in that community. Hard-work, determination, adventure, etc. What did others think of The Hard Breed? JC

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SOSF S02E21 episode "The Hard Breed" -- review

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#21


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Police Buff is a very good episode. Bixby plays a really good psycho in this and Target Red. Especially when he always plays a goody two shoe character in his series. Like Courtship of Eddie's Father and My Favorite Martian.

Midnight Express theme was very good. Jolting movie. But I can't argue with the others you mention. Superman is awesome. Capricorn One is a personal favorite. Waterston and Brolin, Gould and Vacarro give great performances. I could do without O.J. Music for it was good.


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I know, seriously! Giorgio Moroder over John Williams?? Over Goldsmith?? Gimme a break! Moroder was just a flavor of the month at the time, that’s it. In addition to BOYS FROM BRAZIL, Goldsmith also provided a superb score for CAPRICORN ONE that year. And then of course there’s Williams’ SUPERMAN! Even John Barry provided an excellent score to the otherwise forgettable Bruce Lee film GAME OF DEATH (Lee had long been dead by then). But they go with Moroder??? Umm, ok. :!thinking:

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Awards shows have been full of stupidities for years. My favorite is the 1979 Oscars, which gave the prize for best Original Music Score to Giorgio Moroder's Midnight Express over Jerry Goldsmith's Boys from Brazil and John Williams' Superman (seriously). (The other two nominees were Dave Grusin's Heaven Can Wait and Morricone's Days of Heaven. The latter included music from Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals.) I think it's probably after that year that I stopped watching the Oscars show!

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Bill Bixby was Emmy nominated for “Police Buff”. It’s a good performance but I could think of a dozen and more performances on Five-O which were more worthy but were never nominated. I mean how did they ever miss Hume Cronyn???? That’s bizarre! The only guest on Five-O to ever get nominated was Helen Hayes, and I’m convinced that had more to do with her high-profile name than her actual performance. I see that a lot on these awards shows.

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Mr. Mike
I'm happy that you reviewed Police Buff Season 4. I would place Police Buff maybe #5 Streets SF episode in the series. Definitely Top 10. A big Bill Bixby fan and he plays his character with perfection. Haven't watched it in several years but I remember he is a Police Buff with his authentic police uniform and takes out criminals. Police Buff won an award or two I remember that. I think The Takers #1 and Mask Of Death #2. Other spots from 3-10 could be argued. I also love the episode Michael Burns plays a killer who gets revenge on the Committee who disbarred his lawyer Father. The kid works at the Law Library. A classic! JC


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SOSF S04E15 episode "Police Buff" -- review

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm#15


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SOSF S04E11 episode "Merchants of Death" -- review

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm#11


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SOSF S04E10 episode "Dead Air" -- review

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm#10


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With regard to The Cat's Paw, I think Greenwood's behavior is suspicious as to whether he knew or suspected that his girlfriend Judy Tyrell was the "cat burglar" who was involved in the double murder. He lies at least once when he doesn't mention that he had phoned Judy the night his wife got knocked off (see below). As to why Judy has hot pants for him, I would suggest one of the default reasons I usually say when someone asks why does some hot woman have an interest in some dumpy looking guy: "Because he has a big dick." ;)

Anyway, to continue:

When Stone and Martin go to see Greenwood after his wife is killed, he says no one had a grudge against his wife (not true, I'm sure his mistress Judy sure did) and his wife was not seeing anyone else. Greenwood hasn't had time to think about what was missing, probably because he has been rattled by his wife's death (or so he says). He takes a call from Judy who is offering help with the wife's funeral and Greenwood says both her name and that of her husband Ted (Edward) during the conversation, which Stone, Keller and Martin overhear.

Later, Stone and Keller go to see Greenwood when they think he is involved with his wife's death. He has an air tight alibi for being in Los Angeles when she was killed based on his phone records from his hotel room. (S01E24: Shattered Image also deals with someone flying to and from Los Angeles to establish an alibi for murder.) But Keller notices that Greenwood phoned the Tyrell residence three times on the evening of his wife's murder when Ed Tyrell was not home. (When did they determine that he was not home? This was a couple of days before he was killed.) From this list of calls, Keller surmises that Greenwood spoke to Judy, but wasn't Judy out murdering Greenwood's wife that evening?

Stone tells Greenwood "someone took your gun and shot your wife," but where was it determined that it was Greenwood's gun that was used? Is Stone just bluffing? Earlier on at the cop shop, there is mention of the fact that the two murders were committed with a gun that was unknown to police.

Greenwood then tells them, "I should have told you about this before," then admits he and Judy were having an affair, and she gave him the tiger-eye ring, which is an essential clue in the story. Judy was going to get a divorce. Greenwood's wife was starting to get suspicious about what was going on. After his wife was knocked off, Judy began to be insistent about Greenwood marrying her as soon as her divorce came through, but he said no. Then Ted was killed. Greenwood says "It had to be Judy."

There are some questions at this point. For example, If Judy killed Greenwood's wife and her own husband, didn't anyone check the roofs above their respective apartments for clues as to how the cat burglar descended, for example? (They would have likely found nothing, since Judy was no cat burglar.) And is Greenwood really involved, or he is just making his story up? (Keller is told to take him downtown for further questioning.) Before Stone leaves, he asks Greenwood "How did she get into the apartment?" Greenwood replies, "She had a key. We met there sometimes." But does this mean >his< apartment (where they are right now)? If so, why wouldn''t he say "We met >here<"?

Regarding Web of Lies, I have dropped the rating a bit because of something I forgot. See the trivia section, the item which starts with "At the beginning of the show, there are some topographic issues." I still thought the show was very good.


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It’s been a while since I’ve seen “The Cat’s Paw”. Barbara Babcock knocks off her own husband as well as Mark Miller’s wife because she wants to marry Miller? Seems kind of extreme but is Miller like super wealthy or something? Or really good looking?

But what I find even crazier is that (according to your review, Mike) she kills her own husband AFTER she kills Miller’s wife and AFTER Miller still tells her he won’t marry her. So after he tells her he won’t marry her she proceeds to kill her own husband? But what will that acccomplish except make it obvious to Miller that she’s the killer??? He obviously can’t be that dense not to figure out that she has hot pants for him and all of a sudden both their spouses are dead. One spouse might be a coincidence but both?? No way!!


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SOSF S04E12 episode "The Cat's Paw" -- review:

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm#12


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I agree with Ringfire about SoSF Web of Lies. It's a good episode in the 2.5 to 3 star range to my liking. But enjoyable.

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I don’t remember “Web of Lies” being THAT good (certainly not on a 4-star level), at least not as good as season 1’s “The Takers” which had kind of a creepy atmosphere - with those dead bodies being discovered at the beginning. I just remember this episode as the one with Pat Hingle telling tall tales. But it has been a long while since I’ve seen it.

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SOSF S04E09 episode "Web of Lies" review:

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm#9


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My favorite KOJAKism:

If you go near ME or my FAMI-LEE
I will scatter your BRAINS from here to WHITE PLAINS


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So cool that you are also writing up Ironside!

Ironside was the first of the shows you've reviewed to go into rerun syndication. I saw it in the fall of 1974 as The Raymond Burr show while the original series was still running under the name Ironside. I saw lots of the segments on weekday afternoons.

Lots and lots and LOTS of the episodes are full of "deep, meaningful, real" discussion, especially in the later seasons. The producers and the network wanted to make cop shows "relevant" to the times, which is to say extremely dated. It does break the mold of seeing Ironside as a Columbo prototype outsmarting the cops each week (and gives the supporting cast a lot to do), but it's challenging to watch an episode all the way through when there is so little conventional action.

The theme is high on my favorites list, and the opening graphics of Ironside silhouetted over a red background are good visuals. Although the San Francisco visuals are confined to second-unit photographers, the production values are pretty good, especially after the series became a hit and the network started paying the studio good money to make it look like something better than two standing walls on every set.

Thanks for bringing the show back!


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Ironside S04E03: The Happy Dreams of Hollow Men
Original air date: October 1, 1970
Director: Don Weis; Writers: Sy Salkowitz & Carol Salkowitz

Ironside goes to visit his old friend, structural engineer Harry Peters (Joseph Campanella), who lives in well-stocked house in the mountains. Mark drops Ironside off at Harry's (as usual, there are no steps into Harry's place) and then goes to visit someone in the nearby community of Camp McGee. Harry seems to be a pretty gregarious type and the two men reminisce, catching up on what they have been doing for the last 10 years -- for example, Harry spent some time designing a bridge in South America. When they wake up the next morning, he and Ironside find out they are snowed in. It doesn't take long for Ironside to figure out that Harry has a problem -- that he is a heroin addict who starts going up the wall since he is out of dope and his pusher is unable to reach him because of the snowdrifts. Ironside's penchant for being cranky serves him well in this show, which is largely a screaming match between the two men with Harry hallucinating and going through withdrawal symptoms, and Ironside sternly trying to assure him that everything will be OK. At one point, Harry thinks that Ironside has brought some powerful medication to dampen the pain from his disability with him (which Harry wants), but Ironside insists it is only aspirin, and throws the drugs into the fireplace. Ironside is pretty resourceful in a couple of situations. Harry knocks him out of his wheelchair at one point and he manages to get back into it without any help. When Harry says he is going to try and walk from his place down the mountain to a nearby lodge, threatening to kill Ironside, Ironside grabs Harry as he is leaving and knocks him out. A snowplow finally clears the road and Mark shows up and takes the two men down to the lodge. When they arrive there, Harry sees his "connection," Mickey Blain (Lloyd Battista). Ironside tells Mark to grab Mickey and gets the lodge to call the local sheriff. Campanella gives an exceptional performance and Raymond Burr is also very good. Oliver Nelson's score contains several slow variations on the main theme. Considering almost all the action takes place in Harry's place, this episode is almost like a stage play.


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Ironside S04E01: A Killing Will Occur -- Review

This show is extremely convoluted. It was written by Alvin Sapinsley, responsible for The Vashon Trilogy, three shows from Hawaii Five-O regarded by many as among the very best from that series.

Ironside gets a call from some anonymous guy who wants him to "do something aboout it," "it" being a murder the guy is going to commit. At a meeting with Police Commissioner Randall shortly after this concerning crime prevention and other matters where members of the City Council and some reporters are present (and where Ironside's attendance is kind of a mystery to me), Mr. Anonymous calls again, interrupting the proceedings. Ironside takes the call and talks in a very ambiguous way, saying, among other things, "I'd like to ask you why you want to do this ... I was waiting for you to tell me who the... [he gets cut off]." Ironside doesn't say anything specific about what the caller is telling him, but the reporters at the meeting seemingly manage to figure out what is going on and play this up big time, so that 150 people who think they are going to be "victims" have the police run off their feet and there is a list of "suspects" obtained from many of these people. (An article in the paper about this is written by William Bailey and Paul Crumbine. This is the same journalistic team whose articles can be seen in Kojak episodes S02E03, Hush Now, Don't You Die, and S05E15, Chain of Custody.)

Ironside and his team use a process of elimination to try and figure out who the caller is. They tape his voice and compare it to others. Ironside says "If he has a record, there might be a voice print of it somewhere." This produces no results. Considering the voice has a "machine"-like or "computerized" quality to it, Ironside orders his team to check "all the radio and TV stations" and all the schools where you learn how to be a broadcaster or a professional speaker.

They drive around town, and the caller seems to follow them everywhere. Based on something Mark says in a flippant way, they determine the caller is using a portable phone in a briefcase, a precursor to cel phones, because he does not have to go through the mobile operator if he is using this kind of phone. It turns out the guy is a salesman named "Eddy Street" (a bogus name) who works for the company which sells these devices. Unfortunately, when they show up at his apartment, he has split a couple of days before.

A packet of sugar from the Mid-City Grill at Street's apartment leads them to a restaurant run by Vern Emmerich (Dane Clark), but nothing comes of this. Eve is checking the lists from the TV and radio stations and notices there is one person who is not accounted for: Charles Borrow (Barry Brown). Ironside flashes on this name, same as that of another Charles Borrow, a cop who was kicked off the force 15 years before after he shot and killed an unarmed man during a confrontation. Ironside was the only cop who voted in favor of not firing Borrow. When he goes to visit Borrow's widow (Virginia Gregg), he finds out that her husband died 5 years before after a battle with the bottle and trying to prove his innocence, and their son, Charles Junior, now 22 years old, is estranged from her.

It is well known that there was a witness to Borrow's shooting who could have cleared him, but despite pleas to the public, this man never came forward. Digging in the watch files for the night of this incident, March 24, 1955, reveals there was another crime near the shooting's location where someone driving a stolen car killed a pedestrian and then smashed up the car, so Ironside figures this is likely Emmerich, who has something to hide.

They return to the restaurant and confront Emmerich, who lost an arm in Korea in 1951. Emmerich knows exactly where he was on the night of the shooting 15 years before, and claims to have an iron-clad alibi from his wife, all of which is very fishy. Ironside offers Emmerich police protection, but Emmerich turns him down.

Considering the anonymous caller says he will carry out his threat to kill very soon, Ed tails Emmerich who decides to make a run for the airport on a bus. In the seat behind Emmerich is Borrow Junior, who keeps whispering threats. Cops pull over this bus after an interminable chase on the freeway, and Emmerich finally freaks out and escapes through the emergency door, which he is conveniently sitting beside. On the highway, he is busted by Ironside, who pulls up beside the bus. Later at the police station, Emmerich confesses to being the one who killed the pedestrian (and presumably witnessed the shooting to boot).

Back at Ironside's cop shop apartment, Borrow Junior regrets the trouble that he created trying to catch the witness who could have exonerated his father. Ironside tells the kid to give his mother a call.

The score by Oliver Nelson is pretty good, but it really starts to overuse Quincy Jones' main theme.


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Karin Dor was the Bond femme fatale in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. She played SPECTRE agent Helga Brandt, who was the secretary of fellow SPECTRE agent Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada). Both were working for Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).

She was also in Hitchcock's TOPAZ.


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Why Did I Bother Department!!

Ironside S04E07 & S04E08 -- Check, Mate and Murder

In this two-part episode, Ironside goes to a criminologists' convention in Montreal. It's a good question whether Raymond Burr, who was Canadian, had any input as to the locale. However, to me it looks like this show never ventured from the Universal back lot. Most of the glimpses of Montreal are stock shots and other scenes involving crowds were probably recreated in California with extras waving Quebec flags, French writing on signs on buildings and so forth.

Ironside and his retinue are met at the airport by Frank Rousseau (Canadian actor Emile Genest), deputy director of the Montreal Police Department, an old acquaintance. On the way from the airport to the Ritz Carlton Hotel where they are staying, accompanied by some pretty awful process shots in the background, Frank gives them the Reader's Digest version of what is happening in Quebec with terrorists who want the province to separate from the rest of Canada. This echoes events that were happening in Quebec at the time, and, in fact, the month the show aired, October 1970, was when the shit really hit the fan with terrorist activities upgrading to kidnapping and murder of a prominent politician, which resulted in serious government action to deal with the crisis including the suspension of civil rights.

Ironside spends a lot of time brooding in this show, because his old girlfriend Jeanine Duvalier from 20 plus years ago (Karin Dor) lives in Montreal, recently having become a widow. Jeanine seems to be well off, living in a fancy house with a swimming pool in the back yard.

Ironside first meets Jeanine at the police station where her son Robert (Alain Patrick) has been rounded up with a lot of other terrorist types for interrogation. Robert is a member of a cell headed by Pierre Bouver (Alan Bergmann), a university lecturer in political science. The other members of this group we meet are Henri (Michael Sugich) and Claudette (the cute and sexy Maria Grimm).

Ironside meets with another old acquaintance at this convention, the cigar-smoking mystery writer Ernestine Mugford (Hermione Gingold), a horribly irritating busybody type who, gathering information for an upcoming book, insinuates herself into various meetings with Ironside and the cops where she should not be present. Mugford is at the convention with Belgian criminologist Claude Gauthier (Ivor Francis), whose screen time is very limited, since he gets blown up along with a mailbox.

If the show had just stuck to the soap opera with Jeanine and the bombings (the name of the separatist/terrorist group, Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) is not mentioned at all), it would have been OK, but part two of this two-parter is preoccupied with another crime connected with the reappearance of a pawn from a chess set worth a fortune which was stolen a few years ago. The script for this second part is unbearably stupid at times. I suspect that there was some heavy editing going on; at one point, prior to Ironside showing men from the conference a bunch of mug shots, there is what seems like a very obvious edit.

This pawn was recently sent to the original owner of the chess set, Carl Shiller (John vanDreelen), who turned it over to a fellow named Bollinger (Ed Prentiss) at the Franco-Canadian Insurance company, who turned it over to Gauthier to investigate, who then turned it over to Mugford before he got blown up! A crook with Coke-bottle lenses who has a history of involvement with explosives named Arnold Beckman (William Lanteau) seems to have the rest of the chess pieces, and is trying to get Shiller to pony up $100,000 to get the set back.

Shiller just happens to live in Montreal, and is interviewed by Mark and Eve from Ironside's team. The way that Ironside tracks down further suspects connected with the stolen chess piece is ridiculous. In a phone interview later, Ironside asks Shiller if the package the pawn came in had anything else in it. Shiller says no, but then Bollinger, to whom Shiller gave the package, says that it did contain some packaging. (I think Shiller's response means "there was nothing other than the packaging"; this is not elaborated on.)

Ironside then sends Eve to Montreal stationery stores to find if any of them had contact with Gauthier, who he figures was investigating where the paper used for this packaging came from. We're talking about Montreal here, not some rinky-dink town which might have only one or two stationery stores, you realize. Eve goes to investigate, and eventually reports back that one store received a visit from Gauthier, and the paper in question was connected to a list of customers who presumably purchased it from the store.

Another character with a connection (I guess) to the stolen chess set is Bert Manetta (Mark de Vries), an 18-year-old who, during his one brief scene in the show, is trying to phone Shiller and is blown up by Beckman. Despite the fact that Manetta's body was pretty badly mangled, he is later identified and turns out to have been the gardener for Leon Karp (Herbert Anderson, who played the father of Dennis the Menace in the CBS sitcom), a local businessman who is also a chess enthusiast. I totally don't understand Manetta's connection to the sequence of events in the show.

Ed takes some of his "holiday" at the docks because when Ironside asks Frank "If I was an out-of-town con here to make a hit, where would you look for me?", Frank says that is the most likely location. Ed hangs out at the docks, which produces no results, but then he investigates a local delicatessen (of which there are quite a few in Montreal, I imagine) where Beckman is known to hang out because of his obsession with deli food.

Ed finally spies Beckman walking down the street and soon after this, the cops bust him. When confronted with the stolen chess pieces in his possession (though we never actually see them when he is arrested) and accused of murder, Beckman starts screaming that he wants to be extradited back to the States.

Ed, wearing the Coke-bottle lenses, pretends to be the now-incarcerated Beckman, and gets a call from a mystery person who is going to pay him for the stolen chess set. This turns out to be Karp, who is arrested just as Robert, who has planted a bomb under a reviewing stand for the annual Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade in Montreal (June 24th) disarms the bomb which he had planted earlier with the timer turned off, but Henri, his compatriot from the terror cell, had reactivated. (Whew.)

At the end of the show, after more soul-searching, Ironside bids his former girl friend farewell at the airport, asking her if she would like to share his life in San Francisco. However, nothing comes of this.

In this episode, Ironside is relatively restrained, though at one point, he does kind of blow up at his pal Frank, saying that he is not working hard enough to solve the case. Ironside even suggests that they call off the parade, to which Frank replies that if he did that, he would have a riot on his hands. (In real life, there actually was a riot at the parade in 1968, two years before.)

There is an interesting exchange in the second part of the show, after Mark drops off Ironside at Jeanine's place. Henri confronts Mark who is driving away and tries to appeal to Mark because he is black. (At the beginning of the show when everyone is still at the airport, Mark is almost blown up by a bomb in a mailbox which has been planted there by Henri and Robert, but Henri distracts Mark and even trips him so he won't be in the line of the explosion.)

Mark: What're you up to?

Henri: Big t'ings, Big, big t'ings, man.

Mark: Yeah, you don't blow up a doghouse.

Henri: What you want to put me down for? We're after the same things, you and me -- freedom, baby!

Mark: Hey, man, don't come on to me about "freedom." What I'm interested in is rights, man, and that means I'm not interested in taking away anybody's ultimate right by killing him, you dig?

Henri: You don't understand the situation!

Mark: I understand if the people wanted a separate Quebec, they would have voted for it a long time ago.

Henri: The people are brainwashed!

Mark: Yeah, yeah, you're right and everybody else is wrong. And you'll help them, even if it kills them. Paranoia, that's your bag, not mine. (Mark then leaves.)

At the end of the show, Mark is the one who disarms Henri in a nail-biting sequence where Henri has a pistol pointed at people who have shown up at Bouvier's place!


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Ironside S04E02 - No Game For Amateurs

I got the season 4 set of Ironside out of the library to see if Ironside was still as crabby as he was in the first season episodes. He was not, though he was still pretty annoyed because Richy Bolton (Carl Reindel), a crucial witness who had just finished testifying at the grand jury against local mob figure Arnie Lane (Tony Brande), was knocked off on the steps of the courthouse.

The guy doing the assassinating was Martin Sheen, playing "Johnny," a professional killer working for Lane. Johnny had insinuated himself into a group of local draft dodgers as a cover, and got Nancy O'Dwyer (Pamela McMyler), a massively pregnant woman who was very sympathetic to the peace movement because her husband had been killed in Vietnam on his third day there, to accompany him to a building across the street from the courthouse where he knocked off Bolton from one of the upper floors using a long-range rifle.

Nancy was seen alone in the lobby waiting for Johnny and later leaving the building with him by several people, including a cop who recognized her from a picture in the newspaper at a recent demonstration. Nancy is hauled down to the police station and grilled by Ironside who manages to overcome what you would expect to be antipathy to the "pigs" by appealing to her anti-violent nature because she was betrayed by killer Johnny. IDing Johnny is not easy, because he and the other draft resisters in the show are cautioned about talking too much about their past history (or even using their real names) to avoid being required to testify about each other if they are busted.

As in a Streets of San Francisco episode, it seems like there is only one draft resistance organization in San Francisco, run by a guy named Phil (Michael Greer), who looks more like a beatnik than a hippie. Mark (Don Mitchell), the black guy from Ironside's team, meets with Phil at the Cat's Cradle coffee house, pretending he wants to leave the country rather than go to Vietnam, tipped off with info on how to contact Phil from Nancy.

Johnny manages to get himself also lined up for a "trip to the border" (or at least to a place in Oregon on the way to the border) along with a couple of other draft dodgers driven there by Phil, but as they are heading out of town, Johnny figures out that something is fishy about meeting some other guy on the way. This "other guy" is Mark, and a police stakeout is set up at the meeting point. On the way, Johnny recognizes Mark after he has a flashback to the killing of Bolton where Mark was present in the background, and has a pretty rude line to Mark: "Don't let anybody tell you [that] you [i.e., black people] 'all look alike'."

After he avoids getting grabbed at the stakeout and essentially takes Mark hostage, the San Francisco cops manage to grab Johnny further down the highway to Oregon in a rather anti-climactic finale to the show.

At the end, Phil and Nancy meet with Ironside who says that he will have to make a report to the authorities about the "underground railroad" but Phil just says that they will "have to change the station."

The video quality of this episode was pretty bad. The opening shot looked out of focus and there were several night time scenes where you couldn't see what was going on at all. The show also perpetuated a stupid Canadian stereotype, that suggests all people who live here say "aboot" instead of "about." It ain't true!


Added: September 20 2017 07:42:40 AM
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SOSF episode "Dead Air":

This show is good for Larry Hagman's portrayal of sleazy advice-dispensing radio talk show host Terry Vine who gets a bit too involved with some of his female callers (the program is aimed at women who are having "relationship" problems). But there are a lot of questions.

His engineer Frank is played by George DiCenzo. Their relationship is like "cats and dogs," according to Frank near the end of the show. But since the show is only an hour long, whether they were adversarial before the events portrayed in it is not developed very well. You would expect that considering the power Vine has, he could get Frank fired easily. The two of them come to physical blows at one point, with Frank saying that he could easily whip Vine in a fight, though DiCenzo doesn't seem physically stronger. At the end, Frank tells Vine "Shut up, fink," which seems much too strong.

There are several red herrings in the show plus a double-twist ending.

First, although Vine is suspected of being a double killer, Vine's receptionist Penny (Ina Balin) is actually the one who knocks off two women, one of whom Vine knocked up and the other one who was blackmailing him because one of her co-workers was the one who he impregnated. Penny was also the one who took shots at Vine and his girl friend Barbara Tyler (Arlene Golonka, who looks very sexy in a bikini earlier on in the show). Barbara happens to be the daughter of a media baron (Dennis Patrick) who offers Vine a lucrative job at his radio station in Los Angeles.

Then, at the end of the show, Vine expounds to Frank, the two still being on speaking terms, on what he really thinks of his job, starting out by referring to his women callers as "hot-eyed, slobbering broads." Vine is unaware that Frank has left Vine's microphone "on," so this rant goes out over the airwaves, dashing Vine's new job with his girl friend's father.

I can't figure out how Penny, who has had hot pants for Vine for a long time, gets information which makes her a killer.

At the end of the show Stone says that "someone doctored those tapes [tapes of crank calls which were never heard on the air, but were given to Penny for some reason] and it could've been Penny." I originally thought that Penny was the one who was making a couple of crank calls threatening to kill Vine, but this doesn't make any sense, because it would require a certain technical expertise to modify her voice. If Penny then killed the women, this "caller" could be blamed. It would be impossible to figure out who this person was, because call display seemingly was not available at the station to determine the number of the caller.

Then I thought that Penny, being the receptionist, could have overheard private calls from the two now-dead women made directly to Vine. But does this make sense? Would the pregnant one have discussed details about her condition to Vine over the phone at his job, and would the blackmailing one also have gone into details over the phone (I recall she just left a number for Vine to call her to arrange a meeting, she didn't want to talk over the phone about her plan).

There >is< a big "AHA" moment at the end when it is revealed that Vine kept a gun in his desk drawer and that only he and Penny knew about it (and, of course, this is the gun that Penny used to kill the two women).


Added: September 15 2017 08:23:00 AM
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I found a much better internet version of the Gilligan's Island/Five-O interlude music used in the GI Tongo the Ape Man episode. Since we're not suppose to attach links, google it.

Gilligan's Island Our Vines Have Tender Apes S03E20 on DailyMotion

The music starts at the 12:48 mark.


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I watched this Mannix episode with Audree Norton (the deaf woman). I agree it was very good and there is even a score by Lalo Schifrin himself. But there are a few picky things. Ward gives Mannix the keys to his car to deliver the money, but when Mannix returns, he doesn't give the key back. Later when Mannix goes back to pick up the money, Ward says he will "leave them [the instructions on how to do this] in the same car." Presumably the key is still in the car or Mannix kept it, though I dunno why! When Mannix returns to the drop-off location to get the money, if you look carefully at Ward's car, you will notice that it is much dustier when Mannix leaves after Jason Evers shoots at him than when Mannix arrived. And why is it that Evers, a professional killer and presumably a sharpshooter, can't hit the side of a barn door, or more specifically, Mannix? When the car goes over a cliff and blows up (looking very much like a stock shot from classic Five-O), the car is going away from Evers, so I wonder how he can see it?

Added: September 11 2017 03:40:09 PM
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That episode with Audree Norton is my all-time favorite MANNIX episode. An excellent opener to season 2. She really is deaf in real life. She even gets special credit for this in that episode. That was just a fantastic episode and Jason Evers was a remorseless cold-blooded killer there. If more MANNIX episodes were like that one I'd have been a more loyal viewer. Unfortunately too many of them tended to trade in genuine suspense for unnecessarily convoluted storylines. Mike Connors was consistently great though!

Added: September 11 2017 08:22:46 AM
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Speaking of handicapped people on TV, I recently watched the Pat Hingle episode of SOSF where he is this salesman who is a Class A bullshitter who gets in big trouble because he totally embellishes a story to "help" Stone and Keller track down these guys who pulled off a jewelry robbery. This story has a lot of parallels to "The Takers" from season one, the excellent episode with Harold Gould (the Hingle show is also very good).

Anyway, there is this woman who comes to the squad room who is deaf, but she can speak in that way that deaf people do so you can still understand them (there must be a politically correct term for this kind of person, I think it might be just "deaf" as opposed to "deaf mute" [which suggests she cannot speak at all] or the not very acceptable "deaf and dumb").

Anyway, this woman (played by Audree Norton who is not even in the end credits -- she was also in a Mannix show) tells the boys information that totally negates what Hingle told them earlier. I don't understand why he told them what he did -- is it because he is a kind of person who is always exaggerating everything? Or did he think he would get 15 minutes of fame from doing this (and perhaps increase his business peddling jewelry and stuff which even he admits is "junk")?

When Hingle appears on TV as a "concerned citizen" who gave the cops information about the robbers, he looks very nervous ... as if he realizes he shouldn't be appearing in such a public way because you know darn well the robbers will come after him (and the guy who he identified predictably does this!).


Added: September 11 2017 07:34:21 AM
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I saw the second episode of IRONSIDE "The Leaf in the Forest" about this serial killer who strangles elderly women. But Ironside suspects that this one woman was not killed by the strangler. There is this totally idiotic theory that Ironside has where he can determine what exactly the old woman was reading just before she got killed. He "determines" that she was reading the back of the newspaper because the newspaper was laying on the ground with the front page facing up (with a shoe print on it). That's right, according to Sherlock Ironside when a person drops a newspaper they will ALWAYS drop it with the side they were reading towards the bottom, facing the floor. And I'm like REALLY??? SAYS WHO??? Just the opposite - I'm likely to drop the paper just as I'm holding it, meaning the side that I'm reading will be facing up. Why would I flip it over and then drop it?? I swear it's the dumbest thing I've ever heard! Who wrote this? A grade-schooler??? What kind of a clue is that?? DUMB!! I went back and read Mike's comments on this episode and he too noticed this idiocy.

I agree that Ironside is really crabby all the time. Actually he's pretty much an ass. He's totally unlikable and not even his paralysis gets any empathy out of me. He constantly bosses all of them around, calls them "children", chides them whenever they disagree with him or can't keep up with his "brilliance", barks and grumbles at them. I'm like WHAT THE HECK??! Who does he think he is?? At one point in the episode he's laying in bed and grumpy as usual picks up a whistle and whistles really hard which prompts the black guy to jump to his feet and immediately run to him LOL! If I worked for him I'd push him in his wheelchair down the stairs. I also can't stand that stupid looking WWII truck that he's constantly being driven around in. I can't imagine anyone under 70 liking this show. You have to either be disabled or be a real grouch to like this one. I can't believe that Raymond Burr was nominated 5 times (FIVE TIMES!!!!!) in a row as Best Actor for this nonsense. Not only is the character totally unlikable but his performance is so damn booooring!!! Honestly I thought he was boring as Perry Mason too (hence why I preferred Andy Griffith in MATLOCK) but here he's just painful to watch. To think that Telly Savalas was only nominated twice for KOJAK and Jack Lord not even once but "crab face" gets 5 in a row!!!?? Ridiculous!!


Added: September 10 2017 08:21:35 PM
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Yo, Mike! I hear ya about these "special guest stars" :D

I'm less offended by Walden and Golonka than I am by Hari Rhodes. He's the ultimate offender. I had never even heard of him before seeing him on SOSF. I had seen Golonka in other things and she specialized in playing these dumb-blond bubbly types (I think she was a regular on the ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW spin-off MAYBERRY RFD too) and Walden of course later found some fame on LOU GRANT. Though I still don't get how Walden was a special guest star at this period in the 70s, prior to LOU GRANT. Nothing on his resume shows anything of note during this period, aside from the usual guest starring roles on TV.


Added: September 10 2017 02:27:07 PM
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Ringfire, check this out...

S04E09 - Web of Lies - with guest stars Pat Hingle, Nancy Olson, Wayne Maunder, special guest star ROBERT WALDEN!!!

S04E10 - Dead Air - with guest stars Larry Hagman, Ina Balin, George Di Cenzo, Dennis Patrick, special guest star ARLENE GOLONKA!!!


Added: September 09 2017 05:04:39 PM
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