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ABC Press Photo Gallery Goes Up To 75!

With the addition of five more original press release photos, the ABC gallery on the media page has reached the number of 75 original pictures! There's one of Steve and Mike approaching Alcatraz Island in season 2 episode Going Home, and another one with our two cops standing behind the window bars on Alcatraz out of season 3 episode Letters From The Grave (one of my favourite episodes; will be featured with screencaps and extended summary later this month), a third shot from season 4 opener Poisoned Snow, as well as portrait of Mike standing at a concrete ceiling above the piers (probably at the dead end of Union Street), and another one out of season 4 episode Superstar featuring both, Paul Sorvino and Karl Malden.

As usual, the next due episode's (False Witness) screencaps plus extended summary and filming locations are in the works already.

Have a good one. :)


Screencaps for Ep 3.14 added

I have just added the screencaps for Mister Nobody to the episodes' page. Alex Zubatuk, an old man who has sold his shoe repair shop to another shoemaker, is kind of feeling unhappy because he has nothing to do anymore, and his successor does not lead the business as the old man did. After picking up a pair of shoes at his former shoe repair shop with his old friend, Victor Karlinski, Zubatuk takes a walk and witnesses what seems to be a fight over a shoe box, leaving one man killed by a gun shot and the shoe box extinct. Stunned Zubatuk identifies the other man, who leaves the gun behind, to be his best friend's grandson, Marty. With people and even the police on the scene quite quickly, the old man picks up the gun claiming that he killed the man who is soon identified to be some henchman to a well-known mobster. Mike and Steve are close to the crime scene, so our 81 inspectors are responding. When they arrive on the scene, Mike disbelievingly records Zubatuk's confession as he knows the old man since he was a child living on Potrero Hill. Nonetheless, even when Mike threatens Alex with getting him into jail and the punishment due, the old man remains unimpressed, knowing that at his advanced age - in the early 80's - he would not have to stay behind bars for too long. Mike and Steve see right through Alex' eyes and know he is lying in order to protect someone else, but with his guilty plea as well as being in possession of the gun, they cannot do anything about it. Mike arrests Alex, hoping for the unfamiliar situation providing the pressure he needs to tell the truth. But Zubatuk does not even think about. In the meantime, Marty Karlinski tries to explain to the bookie he is doing odd jobs for, Dempsey, that someone tried to kill him for the box he had collected, and that the box had disappeared when he had to get away quickly. In the meantime, Mike lets Alex go, but just for the purpose of observing the old man. It turns out to be a good guess since Zubatuk immediately heads to Marty's house. When Marty is kidnapped by Dempsey's men, his desparate pregnant wife finally gives some key hints to our two cops who need to hurry now since Dempsey has already sent his goons to work Alex over, in an effort to finally recover the valuable content of the lost shoe box: 50,000 Dollars plus - and even more important - a notebook containing all the names and money amounts of his 'clients'. When Alex and Victor find the box in a manhole, they soon realize how foolish Alex' acting is and that all their lives is at risk. In the end, however, the notebook provides them with a good basis for negotiating their (lack of) penalty with D.A. Gerald O'Brien. I like this particular episode for the sense of humor given. In addition, the actors create an entertaining atmosphere of how ageing immigrants might have used to handle things at that time which also appears to be quite authentic due to the actors' actual origins.

There's quite a variety of filming locations featured in this episode. Although it is indicated that Zubatuk's former shoe repair shop, the crime scene, and his accommodation at 'Nadia Baska's Garden' nursing home are in a walking distance, they are actually miles away from each other. The opening sequence at and around the 'Potrero Shoe Repair' shop was filmed at 24th Street and Potrero Avenue, whereas Singer threatens Marty in the northern Mission district. 'Nadia Baska's Garden' is located on Divisadero Street in the Pacific Heights, and Stone traces Alex down to Marty Karlinski's aparment in the Mission again. Demspey's restaurant is located downtown at Ellis and Taylor Streets; part of the huge parking lot right at the corner of Ellis & Taylor (formerly a parking lot for rental cars; where Stone and Keller pull into for 'Dempsey's Steakery') has been built up with a new aparment complex which is blocking the formerly open view onto that corner today. The climax takes us to Nadia Baska's home for the elderly again, with the henchmen's pick-up truck actually crashing in the rear of that area on Clay Street.

Production Stills gallery supplemented again!

I have just made another supplement to the media page where an additional five colour production stills are now accessible. These include two shots of Darleen Carr, one as a potrait of episode Deadly Silence, and another together with Karl Malden taken during the filming of Endgame, as well as an alternative photo showing Malden and Hatch booking a mobster on their Ford Galaxie's motor cowling. There's also a close-up photo of Karl Malden on the phone as well as a promotional picture for the pilot episode featuring Malden, Douglas and Robert Wagner. Hope you enjoy those pictures again. :)

Next update is in the works already, comprising screencaps and extended summary plus filming locations for 'Mister Nobody'.

Screencaps for Ep 3.13 added

I have added the screencaps for The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague to the episodes' page. A small .25 caliber handgun, initially purchased by a concerned husband for his wife's personal protection, turns into a lethal weapon, leaving a trail of death and tragedy just 48 hours after it has been stolen. Mike and Steve are set on a murder of a local mobster's debt collector, but soon another death - the one of a ten-year old boy - adds to the lethal score. However, it turns out that locating the weapon involved is going to be a difficult task, putting even more innocent lifes at risk. Our two cops finally learn about the tragic progress when they catch the two boys who innocently shot their friend with the stolen gun, but the deadly tool has changed ownership again, so it needs a liquor store robbery and a wounded police officer in order to getting closer to the weapon's origins and its initial purpose - and also to the possible killer involved in the first murder. It turns out that gambling debts initiated the scaring trail of death.

A good amount of this episode was filmed in the South of Market and Mission Bay districts. This includes the gun shop in the opening scene where Al Cooper buys the handgun for his wife, the location where the two boys are getting rid of the deadly weapon, the liquor store robbery and the following car chase, as well as the epilogue sequence when Mike and Steve take Al Cooper to a 'casting company' where collected guns are melted and re-formed as manhole covers. We are also taken southbound to the Fort Funston National Park where Graham meets Damico's debt collector, and where the boys find the gun at Battery Davis. Graham's girl friend, Jean, is living in an apartment in Cow Hollow - identified by the rooftop scene towards the end of this episode - whereas Graham's own apartment is located in Potrero Hill. The apartment of his brother-in-law, Al Cooper, is located in the Dolores Heights district, and following a visit to the Coopers, Graham is chased by Damico's men to a construction site at Market & Castro Streets. In the meantime, Mike and Steve chase and finally catch the two boys at the Alta Plaza Park playground in the Pacific Heights. A few scenes were also taken inside the actual SFPD headquarter building on Bryant St. (when Al Cooper reports the gun theft), and when Mike and Steve are driving to Damico's office, they are getting off their car at the southeastern corner of Grove and Larkin Streets, the building's entrance shown as Damico's 'Superior Finance Corp.', however, is a still of a different location.

Additional Production Stills added!

The media page was supplemented by five additional colour production stills covering various recent episodes, including Cry Help and Mask Of Death. Four of these are featuring Michael Douglas, the one from Mask of Death was taken during the dramatic scene upstairs in Ken Scott's house. Enjoy. :)

Next update will include the screencaps and extended summary plus filming locations for 'The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague', due next week.

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