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SOSF S02E09 -- "The Twenty-Four Karat Plague" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#9


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The Twenty-Four Karat Plague (SOSF S02E09)

This show is quite interesting, though I dunno if it all makes sense scientifically speaking. For example, one of the characters contracts radiation poisoning and within a day he gets all twitchy and scrunches up his face, etc. I dunno how long it would really take for these kind of symptoms to show up.

But the thing that bothers me about this show is, how do all these people involved in the scheme to hijack a shipment of gold which turns out to be deadly radioactive know each other? They are as follows:

Vic Tolliman - Vic Morrow, a parking lot attendant
Eddie Whitney - Anthony Zerbe, he served time in San Quentin, had experience with the foundry there, works at a floral company now
Gordy Sondheim - Milt Kamen, the manager of the floral company where Eddie works
Lew Morrison - Herb Edelman, wants to start a chain of hamburger stands with the money he will make
Charlie Durand - Paul Jenkins, works at the real estate company, he got the abandoned warehouse for them, his kid is sick, he owes $20,000 in hospital bills
Les Slauson - Wright King, aide to the professor at the university, he didn't realize the gold was very radioactive

These guys all got together to play poker on a regular basis and, with the exception of Sondheim, came up with this idea about robbing the gold. (Slauson is not involved in the profit for some reason.)

Other things that don't make sense either:

When they are talking about how long it takes for the gold to become "safe," Morrow says that the gold has been in the truck for "two days" already, therefore, they only have to wait .7 of a day to touch it (which Eddie will do). I don't think there was a gap of two days in the story at this point.

Eddie has to make 5,000 "planchets" (the blank coin-shaped things that counterfeiters will use to make bogus coins), he makes these in one day? Seems like a pretty long job to me, based on how long it takes him just to make one coin, when he is shown using the foundry equipment...

The truck which transported the radioactive material is discovered in the warehouse when a kid's Frisbee flies through the window of the building. Why would kids be playing Frisbee on the docks?

What is the significance of Charlie lighting a second cigarette when he is already smoking one when Stone and Keller are at his office? Is this to suggest that he is very nervous?

The review at IMDB has some goofs: "Making things ever worse for him Tolliman [Morrow's character] now completely losing it had also since murdered his Chinatown fence-Dale Ishimoto- for cutting the price for the gold he offered him in half:From $300,000.00 to $150,000.00." There is no indication that the fence was killed, and the guy didn't offer Morrow half the money, he paid him half and then said Morrow would get the rest when the gold had "cooled off" (which would be several million years, I think!!).

Speaking of goofs, there is one at around 43:50 where a microphone's shadow and then the mike itself very obviously creeps into the scene...


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On Men Will Die: There's plenty to digest in Men Will Die. Jack Marlin needs a good lawyer. There's Nancy,Miss Parker's ID of Marlin, plus Stone seeing Marlin nearly assaulting Jeannie. That's 3 witnesses& a 4th if you include the lawyer Catherine Wyatt who will testify about Marlin arriving to sign the documents. I'm surprised Nancy wasn't given more protection later after the rape. She was a victim and provided info on the rapist. Maybe, the episode would have been more impactful if Wyatt had organized a march to the courthouse and 3 or 4 women had spoken about the horrible rape experiences outside the court or at a local park. I guess Wyatt was right though that many of the rape victims want to remain anonymous or don't report the incidents. Good to see Paula Kelly. She has a natural beauty a confidence to her. Enjoyed her acting in what roles I've seen of her.A Vera Miles fan. Catherine Wyatt in this episode. She has long days as both a lawyer and volunteer at the WAC.

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SOSF S04E04 -- "Men Will Die" review:

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


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MR. MIKE. A quick 3 for 1 Streets Of SF. On Men Will Die: It's definitely one of the weaker Streets SF episodes. The Parks character wasn't well-written. I like Vera Miles characters intelligence and spirit as the criminal defense lawyer and leader of the women's group. Jeanie's friend was raped plus she got involved with the women's group. A defense attorney would have a field day in the final scenes where Parks character is lured to the Miles character workplace. No way that rape victim would have survived the fall of that height jumping a few stories on stone marble floor.
On The Stamp Of Death-You are right about the questions on this episode. I guess Doc killed the printer Jenks. Conway was shocked he was dead. It had to be an inside job Keller & Stone concluded since the policies don't square and nobody was sure Sturdevant had the stamp. Only an insider would know the combination of the safe, how to manipulate the books, turn the alarm off etc. 2 or 2 1/2 stars. No Badge For Benjy was an excellent episode. Benjy was a magnetic character who made it his job to interact with people and solve problems. Wish I could have seen more of Benjy before he was shot in the phone booth. Vy the daughter excellent acting. Benjy deserved more protection at the hospital. The ending was kind of cumbersome with the switching of cars and the cliche bad guy talk. I would still give No Badge For Benjy 3.5 stars. JC


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The pilot to SOSF is pretty good, but, as we discussed quite a while ago, it falls down badly at the end because of the booga-booga cult baloney connected with the actor who is the villain. There are issues connected with this ending which have to do with explaining how the actor is connected to people elsewhere in the plot (Holly, her brother, etc.). I downloaded the book that this pilot is based on from Amazon, and it does explain a few things that are kind of glossed over in the show. For example, the brother, who worked in a gas station, wanted to sell the actor a set of new tires, so he opened the guy's trunk to check the spare and saw the stuff from the murdered kid that the cops were looking for, which was in the news around that time. This and some similar important details >are< referred to in the pilot, but they are not dealt with in a really obvious way. The woman who wrote this book must have made a shitload of money, because every episode of the show mentioned that it was based on her book in the end credits!

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Streets OF SF Pilot Part II
Farr is constantly revisited Columbo style by Keller & Stone. He returns to his boat and finds Holly's belt and some of her things. Farr becomes the prime suspect and does his own detective work. He finds her brother Del who might have seen the bearded killer working at the gas station. Del is in hiding and drugged out and refuses to reveal what was in the trunk to the lawyer Farr. The killer follows Farr and quickly murders Del with a shot to the carotid artery. Farr is taken to the killers basement surrounded by fire torches. Stone breaks the case when he compares a TV guide found at the Del death scene with his home. The ripped out portion matches Angel Of Death and the actor's name Gregory Praxas.The name matches a gas receipt Gregory Praxas had in his possession. Stone & Keller ask Praxas questions and discover a lie. Praxas is revealed to be a psychotic, ritualistic style killer over several years. They find several souvenirs from his victims including a boot that solves another case. Praxas wore several disguises bearded and otherwise to escape detection. I would give the Streets SF Pilot 2 1/2 stars. A star for Robert Wagner and a good cast. JC


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No Badge for Benjy:

This episode was quite good. William Watson, who plays an SFPD detective, is hyper as usual.

This is a two for one show, the cops are on the case of some Japanese businessman who got knocked off. I think they proved that the American owner of the company killed him because of issues to do with the transfer of the business. But this plot line is just left hanging.

The woman who played Benjy's daughter was really good, she had a real attitude like "now you are giving lots of attention to my father because he is all shot up (and later, dead)." She reminded me of Nichelle Nichols playing a tough-assed take-no-shit mama in charge of a stable of "hos" in the blaxploitation movie Truck Turner. (Look this up on YouTube, your eyes will pop -- this is no Uhura!)

Anthony James, the psycho-looking guy from The Guarnerius Caper and the villain from the movie In the Heat of the Night plays a bad guy in this Benjy show. I don't totally understand this guy's connection to the plot. Benjy had James' phone number, because he got a tip from him about a shipment of drugs, but why would James give him this information? Maybe because they wanted to knock off Benjy anyway, and this was an easy way to do this, because they knew he would try and pass this information along to the cops?

I also watched the episode "Men Will Die" again, and liked it more than the first time I saw it. This show is about rape. Vera Miles plays a lawyer who defends rape victims who is very cynical about their treatment by the justice system. The epilog for this show is full of horrible cliched lines, definitely one of the "suckier" endings.


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Streets Of San Francisco Pilot (1972) Review
I finally watched the Streets of SF pilot episode with Keller & Stone. The episode focuses on the death of young woman Holly Jean Berry and the prime suspect David Farr a lawyer played by legend Robert Wagner. Holly was found face down dead in the bay by a male jogger and his dog. She was wearing a David J. Farr business card laminated around her neck. They met at a party although I don't see what attracted David to Holly. She wasn't that sexy and wore a printed dress. There's also a good 15+ year age difference. Farr makes an ID of her body and explains to Keller and Stone that he was her lawyer when she wrecked her car on the freeway ramp. They found some grass on her at the hospital. She needed some representation. Farr has flashbacks remembering his time with Holly including their physical and sexual encounters. Keller & Stone visit the coroner who explains Holly was killed by a blow to the carotid artery. It wasn't a drowning and no sexual assault. Keller & Stone wonder if Holly's murder fits into a series of murders in SF. End Of Part I. JC


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With regard to the stamp episode:

>There would be a small number of rare stamp collectors in SF and only a few people would know Mr. Sturdevant had the unique stamp.

But Hawkins the stamp expert says words to the effect that >no one< knows who really has the stamp, that is part of its "mystique."

>That would include the 3 appraisers and the insurance company.

The guy who created the policy died two months before. The appraisers are unknown on the policy, and there is no way to figure out who they are, according to Conway. When Conway is seen stealing the stamps, he switches the original policy with one from his pocket, where presumably this information has been altered. He would have the capability of adjusting these things at the office, because he is the "investigator" on the case and was the one who set up the whole scheme from the beginning.


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The SOSF episode (S04E04) "Men Will Die," starring Vera Miles is about rape. There is something majorly dumb about this episode.

When Stone and Keller go to talk to the woman who witnessed a previous rape in Golden Gate Park (the rapist is suspected of being the Michael Parks character, who raped Stone's daughter Jeannie's friend in the current show; the raped woman in the earlier show later died), she is shown ONE picture, that of Parks.

Later, when Jeannie goes to the restaurant where the woman works to talk to her because she was not co-operative with Stone earlier, the same procedure is repeated, that she shows the woman ONE picture of Parks, which the woman finally identifies, calling him "scum."

But you can't have someone make an identification like this with only ONE PICTURE. You must show them a picture "lineup," and they have to pick the bad guy out of several.

So, what will happen is that the case against Parks, if it is based on the woman identifying one picture, will be thrown out of court, just like many other cases involving rapists where there is insufficient evidence or other "technicalities" which cause the criminal to get off!


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I like Stamp Of Death. It has some Flash Of Color, Flash Of Death quality to it in that you learn that opals are registered and each unique are like fingerprints. The uniqueness of the $300,000 stamp in this episode helps narrow the possible suspect pool. Maybe, I'm biased because I like Earl Holliman and Jessica Walter as actors. They fit well together here. I guess the question is Why Kill Sturdevant? Conway has the stamp in question and with all the party guests...There would be many possible suspects. This is a process of elimination type episode. There would be a small number of rare stamp collectors in SF and only a few people would know Mr. Sturdevant had the unique stamp. That would include the 3 appraisers and the insurance company. In this respect, Stamp Of Death paints itself in a corner. The average burglar or thief might have just left the stamp. There are also questions Mr. Mike asked like how did Conway know Sturdevant kept the stamp hidden in that safe. He easily could have moved it or placed it in a safety deposit box. There's also a printer knock off similar to For A Million Why Not? It might have been more suspenseful if they had asked a ransom for the stamp and Sturdevant dropped the money at a certain location. How To Steal A Masterpiece style. Stamp Of Death a solid 2 1/2 stars. JC

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SOSF S02E06 - "The Stamp of Death" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#6

(I really went to town on this one...)


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I don't think Nelson is miscast. As I indicated in my review, this episode is already pretty rank, so the writer probably resisted making Nelson into some kind of Charles Manson-like guru.

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Probably Maureen, mostly because I only know her as Marcia Brady. Just Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!! :)

I've seen Bosley in other roles, including MURDER, SHE WROTE and his starring role in FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES. Also he guested on BONANZA as a shifty and comical sort of guy, twice!

I'm not as familiar with Ricky. I remember seeing him in RIO BRAVO but that's it. I didn't watch OZZIE AND HARRIET.


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What's the worse miscast in The Streets of San Francisco for an actor/actress is thought of as wholesome:

1) Tom Bosley - The crook in "Going Home"
2) Ricky Nelson - The pimp in "Harem"
3) Maureen McCormick - The prostitute in "No More Minor Vices"
4) Other

I vote for Maureen McCormick.

For the record, I like the Ricky Nelson episode.


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Mike, what happened to your stars? Now we don't know what you think of the episode.

I don't think I cared much for "Harem" when I saw it. Of course that was a long time ago. Rick Nelson as a flute-playing sort of hippy pimp who lives on the street and wears sandals I guess was kind of an original idea. The typical 70s pimp was a black man with a big afro wearing lots of jewelry and some wild-colored suits and platform shoes, driving a cushioned pimpmobile. Still, I don't recall this one being particularly memorable. It was, however, written by John D.F. Black who wrote some of the very best FIVE-O episodes, including my personal favorites like "Rest in Peace, Somebody", "Candy and a Gun", "The Box", "Yesterday Died..."


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SOSF S02E07 -- "Harem" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#7


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On Going Home:
Mr. Mike,you make some good points on Eddie. Alcatraz housed some of the fiercest and dangerous criminals. Eddie doesn't seem to be that kind of criminal. It was also uncanny how the bad guys could find him. I like that he placed the money in the bear. Probably a 2 1/2 type of star rating. JC


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SOSF S02E05 - "Going Home" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#5


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Interesting that you brought that up Ringfire, because way back when, I did have Bosley and Doyle mixed up. They are so very similar.

By the way, I saw that Phil Silvers Gilligan's Island episode again yesterday. 50 years later, I'm still hysterically laughing. Silvers is a comedic genius and I think you need to watch that episode again. IMDB raters didn't back me up on Blue Skies, but they strongly back me up on "The Producer". The Mosquitoes episode is right there too with only the radioactive vegetable seeds episode rated higher.


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Exactly, Fred. In fact Tom Bosley reminds me of the other "Bosley", played by David Doyle on CHARLIE'S ANGELS. Doyle is actually even more slovenly, mostly due to his speech impediment (or lisp). I'm not saying I'd confuse the two if you put them side by side but they're similar in stature and play similar types of roles. And both are Bosley! I think both would be a perfect fit for this SOSF role.

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I agree with Ringfire that Bosley was cast appropriately as the non assuming crook in "Going Home". Plus, I don't think he's well known as "Mr. C" at that time. If there's a miscast issue, it's the "slovenly" Bosley hooking up with the "bombshell" North.

Nonetheless, "Going Home" is a solid episode. 3 stars at least.


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Mike, I'm not sure I understand why you think Bosley was miscast. You say it's not because he played Howard Cunningham on HAPPY DAYS. What other reason is there? Bosley is short and unassuming-looking (even a bit slovenly) and seems just fine for this type of shifty role. It's not like he's playing some ruthless hitman - that would be a stretch. I have no problem with his role here. He's played similar types of characters trying to hit it big in other shows as well. Speaking of TV dads, I'd say Robert Reed is much more iconic as Mr. Brady and we don't have a problem accepting him as a crook in both his FIVE-O appearances.

BTW, how come the stars disappeared? :!cry:


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I watched Going Home, the episode where Tom Bosley plays a low-level crook who breaks into a store owned by Five-O stalwart Milton Selzer and steals these bags which contain $100,000 of bookmaking proceeds. Bosley is totally miscast in this show, and not just because of his later persona as the father on Happy Days. Asking him to play a character like this with a bit of shadiness about him would be like getting Christopher Walken or James Woods to play a normal family man (Woods did play such a role in one film, as I recall). What was also weird about this show was the way that everyone from the cops to the hitmen were able to figure out who Bosley's character really was and where he would be at a moment's notice. Another Five-O actress, Sheree North, plays Bosley's ex-wife, and she looks kind of haggard. This article is interesting, it says that North was originally intended to be the successor to Marilyn Monroe! https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/nov/19/guardianobituaries.film

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One other thing to note about "For the Love of God" is that it has a very good and suspenseful score! I just checked it out again and at the beginning when Strauss takes out his gun and enters the confessional there's an excellent piece of suspenseful scoring there - it's the same score heard in season 1's excellent "Act of Duty". It's a Pat Williams score. Unfortunately I didn't pay much attention to SOSF music (the way I did with FIVE-O) so I don't know what other episodes used this music. But it's definitely a great mood-setter!

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SOSF S03E10 - "For Good or Evil" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#10


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I've really enjoyed these last Streets Of SF string of episodes and reviews. Some of the best episodes in the series. For Love Of God is a FAV of mine. Gregory & Strauss are 2 of my FAV actors and they have a good chemistry. I like this episode because it seems the institutionalized priest received a raw deal. He probably would have made a great priest. It always shocks me seeing priests killed. Similar to Father Jack being killed in Engaged To Be Buried. Stone dressed up in the priest garments heightens the suspense.
Before I Die also a solid episode. I like the Leslie Nielsen character Connor name I think. The episode makes you think:What would you do with the remaining time on Earth if you were given a grave diagnosis? He decides to pursue and kill a slimy criminal. Murray is a good cop and a good man. He couldn't allow his partner to murder someone. I would give both of these episodes 4 stars ****.


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I'm surprised "For the Love of God" didn't get 4 stars. That's one of the very best in the series, right up there with the likes of "Beyond Vengeance" and "Mask of Death". A superb episode and definitely the best from season 2. A top 5 or top 3 in the entire series! In fact it's so good that it's basically remade as a season 4 episode "Judgment Day" with Michael Burns as the nutbar who instead of killing priests kills judges. It's another excellent episode but I prefer this one just a bit more, maybe because I saw it first. There's definitely a DIRTY HARRY connection here - targeting a Catholic priest, Mount Davidson, the school bus finale. Fantastic stuff!

I'd flip this one and "Before I Die" and give the latter 3 stars instead. Another very good episode (about on par with "One Last Shot") but not quite as stellar as "Love of God". About on par with "Betrayed" though.


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"Before I Die" gets 4 stars. No argument there.

I had been so conditioned by seeing Leslie Nielsen in "Airplane" and the Naked Gun movies that I was not prepared for what I got from him in his three SoSF guest appearances or his "We Hang Our Own" Five-O episode. Mike's three very strong reviews for his SoSF appearances echoes my thinking. Nielsen was a fantastic dramatic actor.

I remember seeing him in "The Poseidon Adventure", but his role was minor as he was done in by the massive "tidal wave". (The wave being a ridiculously done up Hollywood fantasy as tidal waves don't act like how we saw in the movie. Rogue waves do, but that's not what we were suppose to have seen.)

I digress. RIP Leslie Nielsen and thank you for your acting contributions, funny as well as dramatic!


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SOSF S03E12 -- "License to Kill" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#12


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SOSF S03E04 - "Before I Die" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#4


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Glad to see "Before I Die" earned 4 stars. A great episode with Leslie Nielson! Season 2 of the Streets of SF has really started well with these first four shows. Looking forward to seeing the review for "Harem" which was another good show.

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SOSF S02E03 "For the Love of God" review:

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


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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!

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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


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SOSF S02E02 - "Betrayed" review:

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


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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

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SOSF S02E01 - A Wrongful Death review:

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


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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: Saturday 29 July 2017 18:34:16 MST
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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: Saturday 29 July 2017 09:55:00 MST
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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: Friday 28 July 2017 12:15:15 MST
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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: Friday 28 July 2017 06:56:38 MST
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SOSF S03E11 -- Bird of Prey reviewed:

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


Added: Thursday 27 July 2017 22:45:57 MST
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"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: Thursday 27 July 2017 21:32:07 MST
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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: Thursday 27 July 2017 20:08:31 MST
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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: Thursday 27 July 2017 17:26:08 MST
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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: Thursday 27 July 2017 15:40:10 MST
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