This website is an unofficial and non-commercial fansite for the Seventies' cop drama The Streets of San Francisco. It was originally set up not long after the first set of official DVDs was released. Following a period of inactivity, this site was officially re-launched on July 15, 2013, and the pages are still being added to the various categories.
Browse the site using the navigation menu on the top - there are episodic summaries and screencaps, information on filming locations, promotional materials, video clips and a lot more to come. For the latest updates to the website, please check out the recent blog posts below. You may track all updates made to the website and news on the series by checking out the complete blog.
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I have just added the screencaps for No Place to Hide to the episodes' page. Organized prison gangs and drug dealing make up the plot for this episode. Drug dealer Jack Constantine, who has just been released from prison, immediately turns back into his old business. He uses a white gang in Holton penitentiary, leaded by Carl Metzger, in order to put pressure on other - unorganized - inmates and to force them and their wives to smuggle his drugs behind the prison walls. Prisoners who are not a member of a gang are fair game for anybody - and inmates who are not willing to follow Metzger's asking for a favour are threatened with death. Homicide gets involved when a young woman, Jennifer O'Brien, is murdered while doing her washing in a local laundry. The trail leads Mike and Steve into Holton penitentiary - and to the network of organized crime on this side as well as beyond the prison walls. It turns out that Jennifer O'Brien did not follow Constantine's demand so he got her killed by one of his henchman. Her husband, Robert, wants revenge but he finally ends up stabbed down by Metzger on the prison's recreation yard. That's when the white gang approaches another convict, Lou King, who used to be kind of a friend of killed Robert O'Brien. Scared by the killing of both, O'Brien and his wife, King agrees to Metzger's demand and asks his own wife, Rita, to be prepared for a smuggling job. Constantine gets in touch with the attractive young woman, demonstrates her how to get the drugs inside - by putting a balloon filled with heroin under her tongue and then transferring the bubble by kissing her man - and suggestively approaching her. After Rita delivered the first package, Constantine gets back to her, asking her to take the double load next time. Rita, however, is sick of Constantine's threats to murder both her and her husband as well as coming on to her for sexual favours, so she finally makes an indication to Stone and Keller but wants them to get her husband safe first, otherwise she would not tell anything. Constantine, troubled by police permanently talking to Rita, makes a fatal decision that would break his back. He wants to get rid of Rita, so he breaks into her house in order to kill her. Lucky Rita, Mike and Steve are just on their way to her concerning the judge's statement on getting her husband released for protection. Just when Constantine is about to fight her down, Mike and Steve get into her house and bust him. This episode finally wins for two reasons: beautiful Stefanie Powers in her second appearance on the show, and one of those terrific dialogues when Steve rags Mike for Lou King's new, "highy-sophisticated" name under the witness protection program. Steve (laughing): "John Smith? That's very original! Who thought of that?" Mike (dry-witted and looking stonily): "Me!" Steve (hesitantly): "Smith. I like it, yeah! I like it! It’s got a good ring to it!". Mike (still looking stonily): "Just drive, will ‘ya?! Just drive!".
The opening sequence was filmed in a laundromat at Noe Street, close to the intersection of Market and Noe, Steve later talks to the witness on the campus of San Francisco State University. Lots of this episode's filming was accomplished in a complex that served as 'Holton penitentiary', a fictional prison name for the Bay Area. Rita King is working at an elementary school close to Mount Davidson, and the Kings' house is located in Ashbury Heights. Mike drives down to Miraloma in order to question Jack Constantine, whereas Steve interviews former mob henchman Joe Max in front of his house in Ingleside Terraces. Rita meets with Constantine at Candlestick Point - where Joe Max is murdered - and, following Constantine's arrest, Mike and Steve drop off Rita and Lou King at the Downtown Airline Terminal which used to be located downtown at 375 O'Farrell Street.
I have just added the screencaps for The Glass Dart Board to the episodes' page. Newly promoted Captain Joseph Keely, an old companion of Mike, and his force is challenged by a sniper who randomly fires at the Balboa Towers, a new high-rise office building in downtown San Francisco, killing innocent people. Soon after, the building's manager receives a ransom demand in the amount of a million dollars - threatening him with more attacks and dead people in case he would not fulfill the claim. Homicide designs a broadly conceived observation of the building, however, the new Captain (who is rather a formalist among the force) interferes by applying his own tactical approaches - which is much to Mike's dislike since Keely also moves personnel from the streets and observation spots back to headquarters for research. Keely wants the department to systematically identify and catch the assassin by using 'PERT - Program Evaluation and Review Technique', a method he developed. This is much in contrary to the regular street and observation work pursued through Mike's operation, and the intermediate results aren't convincing either. The disagreement between the two former companions is getting even worse when Keely intervenes in a nightly chase which finally leads the police to lose the scent of the sniper - but following this decisive blowback, Keely pulls back from operations decisions and clears the way for Mike and Steve to go ahead. It turns out that it's not a former employee of the company that actually raised the building or of the hundreds of businesses based in the office towers - but a man who was forced to sell his property to the company which designed and built Balboa Towers and is now seeking payback. Homicide is on a race against the time as Truax already announced additional shooting and possible victims within the next few hours.
This episode has got a nice variety of downtown filming locations - most of which are still existing. In the opening scene, Mike picks up Steve at his house on telegraph hill. They are crusing down Union St towards Washington Square, and passing by Two Embarcadero Center at Sacramento and Front Streets, just before we see Truax shooting at One Embarcadero Center from a rooftop which turns out to be at 500 Sansome Street when he leaves the building. He then changes location, parks his car on California just off Front Street, and enters a building for another rooftop shooting. This area was demolished and rebuilt in the late 1970's, the block east of California and Front houses the office tower at 101 California Street nowadays. Mike and Steve are talking to 'Balboa Towers' (i.e. Embarcadero Center) manager Eli Mason in his office on an upper floor of Two Embarcadero Center, and Truax moves on to the Vaillancourt Fountain for his next shooting on the building (the stairway leading right 'into' the sculpture is still there today). By night, Truax parks his car at the intersection of Clay and Davis Streets, firing at Two Embarcadero again. Following the failed chase due to Captain Keely's decisions, Mike has a debate with him on Ferry Plaza, and the following day Truax fires at Two Embarcadero from a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency. The failed ransom pay & bust takes place at Golden Gate Park, and being on Truax' trail, Mike and Steve are asking questions at the architects' office which is housed in former ferry boat 'Klamath' moured at Pier 5. They are finally arriving at Truax's aparment which is located on a dead end of Green Street - actually just one block away from Steve's apartment.
I have just added the screencaps for Poisoned Snow to the episodes' page. Undercover narcotics inspector George Turner's girlfriend, Maggie Collins - also a narcotics officer - is killed in a side alley of the red-light district in a failed buy-and-bust deal while Turner's best friend and colleague, Phil, observed the deal via radio. Turner is out for revenge, ignoring another problem which his ex-wife, Judy, tries to address: their teenage son, Andy, is changing to the worse. Although she is not aware what exactly it is, Judy asks her husband to have his eye on Andy. Following Maggie's death and the Captain's decision to pulls Turner out, the embittered inspector puts pressure on some of the junkies he knows in order to get information on future heroin deliveries to drug dealer Woody Parks, whose main street drug dealer Nappy was the one who is supposed to be the killer of Maggie. Turner finally gets the info he needs, and without his partner's knowledge he spikes Park's freshly-delivered heroin with a lethal portion of rat poison in order to ruin Park's business and to bring his street drug dealer out of his shell. Following the death of several junkies it soon becomes apparent to our two cops and the narcotics department that some bad batch of heroin is being distributed on the streets. Being on his personal mission to take vengeance for Maggie's death, Turner blinks the fact that his son who is frequently asking for some money is also addicted to drugs. In the meantime, Mike and Steve are getting closer to poor Cajun, the young guy who brought Maggie to dealer Nappy, and who in fact shot her down unintentionally when Nappy recognized Maggie to be a narcotics cop. Right before they can nail Cajun, the latter ends up getting his own dose of poisoned heroin. When they find Cajun dead and his girlfried badly needing help, Turner gets the news that his son was taken to hospital due to a dose of poisoned heroin. Andy dies, and George is busted for the deaths he brought to the junkie scene - and to his own son; positive bottom line is that Mike and Steve can bust Parks who is on escape after Nappy tried to kill him. This is one of the most disturbing but interesting episodes of series, dealing with a very contemporary topic of that time. And it wins for Luke Skywalker's appearance, of course.
The season 4 opener offers a nice variety of downtown filming locations. George and Maggie are onto a former parking lot which now houses the Westlake office building at Pacific and Montgomery. Maggie is dropped of by Phil at Columbus and Grant, and meets Cajun in famous 'Saloon' bar just one block up at Fresno and Grant. In the meantime, Turner meets his ex-wife and and his son in another corner of North Beach, right in front of Garfield Elementary School on Filbert, offering that nice camera perspective with Coit Tower behind and above the actors. Cajun and Maggie are seeing drug dealer Nappy in a back alley of Kearny, just off Broadway, whereas Maggie's funeral is held at Land's End. Turner obtains the rat poison in a pharmacy located at Washington Square Park. Drug dealer Park's apartment is located in the Brocklebank Apartments building on Nob Hill, whereas the 'Yerba Buena Free Clinic' is located on Potrero Hill, at 18th and Missouri. In an effort to alert the junkie scene and to find out who distributed the poisoned heroin, several busts are made in the North Beach area. Phil chases Cajun through the back door of the 'Yerba Buena' clinic across a school yard which is actually several blocks away in the Dogpatch of Potrero Hill, and Cajun's apartment is located very close on Minnesota Street. Following the bad news on Turner's son, our cops are accompanying George and Phil to CPMC Davies Campus, and finally Mike and Steve can bust Parks on the run on the Great Highway just south of famous Cliff House.
Michael Douglas just contributed to 'ThrowbackThursday' Facebook page, posting a photo of Karl Malden and him taken during filming of The Streets of San Francisco. Along with the picture, Michael added the following tribute to his mentor:
"Academy Award/Emmy Award winning actor Karl Malden was my mentor. Starring opposite him in Streets of San Francisco, he taught me one of the most important lessons of my career - what matters most is to work to make the whole show the best it can be and then your own performance will shine. It was a valuable lesson I always keep with me whether producing or just acting in a film."
It's like getting back to the Streets of San Francisco in a certain way. ;)
I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks, so please expect the next update later this month. Have a good one! :)
I have just added the screencaps for Solitaire to the episodes' page. When Mike and Steve are responding to a support request, they are literally clopping into a drug deal that just went busted. Mike traces a suspect who is trying to get away but finally nails the guy, whereas Steve is shot down by another runner. It turns out that Mike actually booked undercover narcotics officer Albert Wozynsky who was about to capture local drug lord Marks. Upset by the burst takedown, independent-minded Wozynsky rants about Mike's and Steve's 'support' but due to Steve's injury - and much to the displeasure of both - Wozynsky and Mike are teamed up in order to finally take down the drug ring. Things are getting rather difficult as Wozynsky turns out to be a lone fighter who thinks that Mike's methods are old-fashioned and conspicuous - in any way disturbing his undercover work. Following the murder of one of Wozynsky's fosterlings, the atmosphere is getting even more heated up. Due to an informer's tip, police is setting up a trap for Marks but the operation goes wrong last minute after Wozynsky had left his position. Mike is upset and suspects Wozynsky to be on the racket. In the meantime, Steve tries to find out some background info on the drug ring and recent busts - delivering even more indication that Al Wozynsky might be involved. Little do Mike and Steve know that Wozynsky is about to put his life at stake in order to finally catch Marks.
There is quite a number of different filming locations for this episode. It starts out at an old warehouse where Wozynsky meets Marks - and where Steve is injured. This warehouse was located in the Dogpatch on Indiana Street, right beneath the 20th Street overpass which can be seen when Mike and Steve are approching the scene (this warehouse was used before in season 3 episode Cry Help!). Steve is taken to hospital, the initial footage shows a hospital's facade of unknown location (also used in season 1 epsiode Legion of the Lost) but, later on, all exterior and interior sequences were taken a CPMC's Davies Campus on Duboce Avenue. Wozynsky meets Artie at the backyard basketball playground at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Noe Valley, and then he and Mike talk to informer Stoolie as well as Artie's girl friend, Millie, at the corner of Haight and Fillmore Streets. Millie's apartment is located in the Lower Haight, and police is trying to set a trap for Marks upon the delivery of a drug consignment at the Fort Mason pier. Steve talks to Al's former girl friend at Jackson Street and Davis Court, and later on to Parson on the rooftop playground of the Wozynsky brothers' former children's home in the Pacific Heights, whereas Al visits his father at the Laguna Honda Hospital. In a desperate effort to take down Marks, Wozynsky bolts in a street dealing of one of Marks' dealers on the Market and Romain pedestrian stairway whereas Marks' mansion is located in the Marina. In the epilogue, Mike and Steve are driving up to Lower Pacific Heights where Mike proves his improved undercover techniques when booking Al Wozynsky feignedly.