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Composer Pat Williams passed away at 79!

Another formative figure of The Streets of San Francisco has passed away this week. As Billboard informed on Thursday, Patrick 'Pat' Williams, world-famous musician and composer of one of the most recognizable themes of television history, had died the day before.

"The Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer also worked on scores for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Columbo, Lou Grant and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. Williams also received an Oscar nod for his work in the 1979 film Breaking Away. His résumé revolves around his role as a major jazz leader - which earned him 19 Grammy nods - and includes a Pulitzer nomination for his jazz quartet and symphony orchestra for An American Concerto."

As Variety pointed out in its online edition on Wednesday, "he scored nearly 50 films, often memorable scores for movies that were not big hits, including Casey’s Shadow, The Cheap Detective and Cuba in the 1970s; Used Cars, Swing Shift and All of Me in the 1980s; Cry-Baby, The Grass Harp and That Old Feeling in the 1990s. But his primary occupation was music for television, which ultimately earned him 22 Emmy nominations for such memorable 1970s and '80s series as The Streets of San Francisco, Columbo, Lou Grant, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, and such notable 1990s telefilms as Decoration Day, Geronimo and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long. His miniseries, all in the ’90s and early ’00s, included Jewels, Jesus, Blonde and Hercules.

Williams had the most fun in the recording studio, working with top jazz musicians on both coasts to record contemporary big-band albums. His 19 Grammy nominations were mostly for his jazz compositions and arrangements, starting with the landmark Threshold LP and later including albums from his own 1980s Soundwings label featuring saxophonist Tom Scott, trombonist Bill Watrous, and his own big band."

I am thankful Pat Williams literally shaped such great and ever-lasting television themes in addition to his remarkable jazz and big-band music.

 

Site re-launch turns five years!

Five years have gone by since I took over thestreetsofsanfrancisco.net. The website's contents was still in its very beginnings then, and I tried my very best to keep up my ambitious schedule of one update per week (i.e. either the addition of a complete episode summary plus screencaps or of other new contents such as press release photography, promotional materials and filming locations info). I reduced speed half-way to just one update per two weeks which seemed quite appropriate to me. Thanks for all your kind feedback and inquiries over the past five years; I love to keep in contact with others related to the series in any way.

I had to take some time off due to professional and private obligations for half a year, but now it's time to return to the usual rhythm. In a first step, I finally supplemented the summary for episode Clown of Death. Updates will come up every two weeks again. Season four will be completed shortly then, and the fifth and final season is ahead.

I would like to take this opportunity to say 'thanks a lot' to fellow Streets fans Liz Edlund and Jonathan Cole who helped a lot with filming location photography over the past five years. The locations section would not be the same without their valuable contributions.

All in all: and stay tuned for the forthcoming updates!

ACTOR TIM O'CONNOR DIES AT THE AGE OF 90!

As The Hollywood Reporter reported in accordance with local media from Nevada City, California, actor Tim O'Connor died on April 5, 2018, at the age of 90.

O'Connor performed three times as Lt. Roy Devitt in The Streets of San Francisco, and for another appearance in the final season as a mobster boss. Nonetheless, he was best known for his rôle as Elliott Carson in the 1960's long-running TV series Peyton Place, performing as father of young Mia Farow and husband of Dorothy Malone. Tim O'Connor was among the busiest actors from the late 1950's throughout the mid-1980's, but he did not quit until 2011.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 & UPDATES AHEAD!

Folks,

I hope you've had a great Christmas Season and would like to wish you and your beloved ones a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!

Simultaneously, I need to apologise for the long delay in updating this website. I have been too busy in pre-XMAS weeks, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. Starting this month, I will return to a more frequent update schedule, so please stay tuned and come back very soon. Next episode is due and I will also add new location photography.

Thanks to you all for your support. :)

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.

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