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Screencaps for Ep 4.20 added

I have just added the screencaps for Clown of Death to the episodes' page. While a group of the National Circus is performing for ill children and other patients at the San Francisco Davies Medical Center, one of the clowns enters the building and kills a patient who is dependent on respiratory support. It turns out that the patient was a former circus rigger who was terminally ill, so Mike and Steve drive down to South San Francisco where the circus is giving its shows at Cow Palace. They talk to another clown of the circus, Red Ashburn, who informs them that their tightrope artist, young and smart Neil Ruggers, is related to the killed rigger and his brother, who were his uncles. While interviewing Ruggers, our two cops learn that he was obviously unaware of his uncle's death. After Neil’s mother had died, he was raised by his uncles until he became a young man who found his own life and role in the circus. Stone and Keller drive up to the uncles' apartment just to find him dead too. The landlady tells them that a younger man was asking for the old man early that day, and she identifies the young man to be Neil Ruggers. Now that mercy killing by his brother is excluded, Mike and Stone investigate for double homicide. Another connection appears when they find an old photography in the riggers' room showing the killed brothers, Ashburn and two other circus employees named Boylan and Murdock. Ashburn recalls there was some trouble between the people in the photo other than himself, but he cannot remember the details. Things are accelerating when a third victim, Ashburn himself, is shot during his performance, but his rope absorbs the bullet so his injuries are not life-threatening - at least, not immediately. Sent to a local clown museum, Mike and Steve receive more information on the other two in the photo by museum owner Freddie Olburn. Olburn recognizes the killer clown's make-up as the trademark of Cesar Volnak, a circus clown from Europe who later became a high-wire walker, and died in England a few years before. What attracts the cops' interest even more is the fact that Olburn tells them that one of the other two in the photo, Murdock, belonged to the circus as ringmaster and now lives in Vancouver. Alerted by the fact that the circus' next destination is aforesaid Vancouver, Mike and Steve decide to set a trap. After Ashburn dies from his injuries, Mike puts on Ashburn’s costume and joins the other clowns in their next performance. Nothing happens - but following the show a surprise is coming up.
This episode always bothered me plot-wise to a certain extent. Until Barbara unveals in the episode's climax that the circus artist killed in an accident was her father, this particular relationship was not indicated in any respect before which make the whole story quite arbitrary. Another problem is that Barbara would probably identify Mike behind Ashburn's make-up immediately, given that she worked all of her life together with her father's former buddies.

There are only a few locations used for filming of this episode. The group of clowns performs at the Ralph K. Davies Campus of what is today known as the California Pacific Medical Center at Castro and Duboce Streets, where most of the filming was accomplished at Cow Palace where the US National Circus held its shows. Reiner's apartment was located in Haight-Ashbury, and Steve picks up Mike at the original Wells Fargo Bank building at Montgomery and Post Streets. Finally, the 'Clown Museum' is located in the backyard of a gaming hall ('Games People Play Arcade') on Broadway.

Location Photos for 'The Hard Breed'

I have supplemented the locations page by some location photography for second season's episode The Hard Breed, an episode that was almost entirely filmed at and around famous Cow Palace, plus some additional (mostly interior) filming locations.

Still, I am working on more contents for the filming locations page, including season one episode A Trout in the Milk as well as season two's Inferno, and season three episode Letters from the Grave.

Stay tuned!

Screencaps for Ep 4.19 added

The screencaps for Judgment Day were just added to the episodes' page. The murder of Judge Lela Matthews is the latest in a row of four among attorneys and judges. Matthews' daughter, Ellen, is a friend of Steve, and just in town in order to celebrate her final exam with her mother. Investigations concentrate on finding a connection between the murdered jurists, and natural assumption suggests a convicted criminal. However, when Steve finds out that the perpetrator left a book about 'disbarment procedures' at each crime scene, a different suspicion comes to the fore. With the help of the law school's records, Mike and Steve can find the connecting link, leading to a former attorney, Elliott Jensen, who has been disbarred several years ago. When they are visiting Jensen for a questioning, however, they only find a boozer lying on a bed, living in a run-down apartment house - but with senses on the alert. It turns out that Jensen's son, Barry, is obviously on a trail of murder, killing the ones he thinks are responsible for his father's fate. Still, with one more judge on Jensen's list, our two cops set a trap with Mike performing - rather awkwardly - as Judge Abrams. Their plan fails, however, when Jensen forces them to leave the court due to an alleged bomb threat. In the following shooting, Steve is wounded, and Jensen escapes. When further investigations prove that Barry Jensen is working on the law school's library, the circle closes. Police invades the law school in order to detain Jensen - but his fate is rather lethal.

This episode starts out at San Francisco City Hall where Jensen threatens Judge Matthews and finally kills her. Mike and Steve see and talk to SFPD's consulting psychiatrist Lenny Murchison at the San Francisco General Hospital (exterior stock shot with unknown interior canteen sequence), whereas Jensen kills attorney Jerome Black at his office in the Pacific Heights, and the registry our two cops are consulting is actually located inside the Asian Art Museum at Civic Center. The boarding house where Jensen's father is living in is located in Hayes Valley (already used in Harem). The 'Rutledge University - School of Law' scenes were filmed at the San Francisco State University campus - apart from a single exterior shot (again, stock material) of what is supposed to be the library of Rutledge University where Jensen is working, which actually is Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont, down in southern California. Interior shots of that same sequence are showing SFSU again, and so does the subsequent exterior filming when Jensen tries to escape Mike and Steve. Steve is shot inside the San Francisco City Hall's entrance hall, and treated at the California Pacific Medical Center's Davies Campus.

Screencaps for Ep 4.18 added

I have just added the screencaps for Underground to the episodes' page. Dan Segal is kind of a clumsy and too good-natured police officer with the heart in the right place. His brother Eddie, however, went the other way - and his parole is at stake since he is about to work for his former boss, Willy Kurland, a local gambling boss, again. Called in by the family, Dan tries to see his brother, but when he arrives at the races, a sniper shoots at Kurland and Eddie, killing both. Just before Kurland dies, Mike levers two important information from him: somebody is moving in the local gambling business and bookmaking, and Dan Segal was just trying to talk to his brother and taking a gun from him. The Chief of Police wants Dan Segal to play the rôle of a cop gone sour, quitting the job at the force and trying to get inside the gambling business as the embittered brother. Mike shall be Segal's primary contact – and although Mike does not really like that idea, he has to join in the game, and one of the game's rules is that nobody shall be informed about the manoeuvre – neither Segal's family nor anyone inside the department, including Steve. Mike's and Steve's official investigations concentrate on the known links between the gambling mobsters, with a young woman named Sunny Malone being the key issue. In the meantime, Dan Segal is trying to get the same kind of information from some underground sources, putting his life at risk several times. When he is about to detain Bobby Waldron, the killer tries to outsmart and kill Dan as well, but Segal can shoot at him first. Our two cops are arriving at the scene, and Dan escapes, leaving Mike to contradict Steve's logical conclusions (i.e. that Dan Segal has obviously gone for revenge). Things are getting even more difficult and dangerous, when Sunny Malone decides to get in touch with the new gambling boss, Frank Garson, in an effort to make something for herself out of the situation. In the final clash, Garson and Johnny Blackwell, another killer in the gambling business, try to shoot down Dan but with the help of Ben Rush, a henchman of the former gambling boss, and the arrival of the police everything turns out good. Steve, however, has a good laugh when he tells Mike that he had recognized Dan's acting long before, leaving Mike astounded - or not.

Filming locations comprise of a colourful potpourri of both, downtown and Bay Area spots. The initial sequence starts at lower Market Street where Dan Segal and his colleague chase the purse snatcher who finally hides in kind of a company underground courtyard or parking. We then switch over to famous Bay Meadows Racecourse in San Mateo (closed and demolished in 2008) where Dan tries to confront his bother Eddie who is eventually shot by Waldron. Dan sees his father in front of his Deli which is located at Bush and Mason Streets, whereas Mike and Steve interview a lady who lived next to Sunny Malone at upper Broadway. Immediately after going underground, Dan hustles a couple of clients at Hyde and Beach, he also talks to Garson's henchman, Blackwell, and runs into Evie at Acquatic Park. Evie's hint leads him to Cable Car Motel, now run by Travelodge, at nearby Lombard Street. Mike meets Dan at the 'Hills of Eternity Memorial Park' in Colma, and then talks to Steve who is on stake out on Russian Hill. Probably a production still from elsewhere was used when Dan hustles another couple of gambling clients in a club and where his girlfriend, Donna, almost quits with him (exterior shot of a 'Round 9 Bar' which I could not find in any directory I consulted). His brother's old friend, Ben Rush, picks Dan up in front of the SFPD headquarters at 850 Bryant Street, that's where his father is also coming to see him. In the epilogue, Mike and Dan are walking up a curved street with freeway ramps in background. This sequence was filmed in South of Market but the exact location does not exist anymore (probably on Clementine between 1st and 2nd Streets).

45th Anniversary of 'Streets' on September 16th!

Sometimes it's hard to believe but... in a couple of days 'The Streets of San Francisco' will turn 45!

On September 16th, 1972, Mike and Steve chased the murderer of Holly Jean Berry whose dead body was found in the San Francisco Bay, starring Robert Wagner, Andrew Duggan and Tom Bosley. The pilot movie initiated a run of a total of 120 episodes in five seasons, starring a real bunch of famous (to become) guest stars such as Tom Selleck, Leslie Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Nolte, Martin Sheen, DAvid Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Dey, Dick van Patten, Mark Hamill, Larry Hagman, Edward Mulhare, Bill Bixby and so on.

The first episode of season one, 'The Thirty-Year Pin', aired two weeks later, starting a five-year period of one of the most recognized TV crime series of the Seventies, marked by the special Malden/Douglas relationship as well as the fact that the series was completely filmed on location in San Francisco and the Bay Area which was rather uncommon at that time.

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