This website is an unofficial and non-commercial fansite for the Seventies' cop drama The Streets of San Francisco. This site was originally set up not long after the first set of official DVDs was released. Following a period of inactivity, it was officially re-launched on July 15, 2013, and the pages are still being added to the various categories.
Browse the site using the nav on the top - there are episodic summaries and screencaps, information on filming locations, 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.
Please feel free to get in touch in case of any questions, suggestions or just comments.
I have just added the screencaps for Death and the Favored Few to the episodes' page. Terence Aubrey, editor of a local high society magazine, is shot to death after returning from a drinking session by night. Stone and Keller soon find out that Aubrey had attended a party at Etta Morris Randolph’s mansion before, a wealthy widow and influential member of San Francisco's high society. They learn Aubrey was not that much of a welcomed visitor in the eyes of many of the other guests, and Mrs. Randolph also lets them know about her general dislike for him. Our two cops smell there are secrets untold, and their investigations produce that Aubrey actually blackmailed several individuals of the high society who have secrets to hide - with Mrs. Randolph being one of them, and her mentally unbalanced daughter, Joanna. Mike and Steve are getting more involved when Joanna's ex husband, who is addicted to drugs, threatens her to kidnap their daughter for ransom. As the murder case seems to get solved, another family secret offers a different perspective.
Many scenes were filmed in and around Ralston Hall Mansion in Belmont, south of San Francisco, which served as Etta Morris Randolph's imposing mansion. Aubrey's house is located at 1212 Lombard Street, and his office was at 131 Townsend. Steve chases down to the industrial harbour where his car finally crashes into a wooden hut close to Pier 70. Mike interviews Roger and Louise Maxwell at the Golden Gate Park tennis courts, and Steve goes to Maxwell's law office at 220 Jackson Street. He also visits the Fifth & Mission Parking Garage where Joanna's ex husband used to work for a while. Police can finally bust Joanna's ex husband at John McLaren Park.
I would like to give you a short 'forecast' of what is about to come.
Next update will include the screencaps, extended summary and locations info for the 23rd and final episode of season 2. I will then take a two-week summer break and work on forthcoming improvements and updates. These will include - among other stuff - more original filming locations photography and supplements to the various press photo galleries.
Immediately after the summer break, I will start 'screencapturing' the episodes of season 3; supplements to locations photograpgy and the media galleries will be incorporated step-by-step.
Stay tuned. :)
I have just added the screencaps for Rampage to the episodes' page. A shady night bar is smashed by a group of masked men. Following the attack, one of the guests is found knifed. Mike and Steve team up with Lt. Perez of the narcotics department since the killed man was a narcotics informer. It soon turns out that a group of four vigilant residents is responsible for smashing local bars and night clubs, trying to clean up their neighbourhood in order to have a safer place for their children to live in - and a stake-out photo at the narcotics office indicates that one of them is also a legitimate suspect for the murder: Joe Joplin - an old friend of Steve. Following another rumble in a local night club, police can bust one of the culprits who - in the face of the penalty - finally admits his guilt. Meanwhile, Joe Joplin is on the trail of a junkie who threatened his wife - luckily, Mike and Steve can stop him from cutting a caper. However, the junkie provides a decisive hint, so police concentrates on the murder and on a drug dealer who was also involved in the threatening of Joe Joplin's wife - Flloyd Stahlbecker. A cosignment is about to arrive, and Stahlbecker has to pick it up.
This episode is a real locations hopper. Joe Joplin's and his neighbour's houses are located on 37th Ave, next to the southern part of Sunset Boulevard. Their targets, the 'Parkside' bar as well as the 'Glamour Girls' night club, however, are actually located in the eastern Parkside, on Taraval Street between 19th and 20th Avenue. Steve picks up Mike at his house on Potrero Hill, and Flloyd Stahlbecker receives instructions on the next drug cosignment in the Sutro Heights Park (Warburton and Stahlbecker exit the park at the 'Lions Entrance' next to the Point Lobos Ave and 48th Ave intersection). Police stake-out takes place at Portola Drive and Evelyn Way (the Joplins leave Miraloma Market at 755 Portola Drive, which is still existing), and later on Corby Joplin is threatened by Stahlbecker and Turgan after leaving Portola Pharmacy at 737 Portola Drive. A huge jump was made to the location where Joplin chases Turgan which was filmed in the Richmond district at Clement St and 9th Ave, whereas the drug consignment arrives at Pier 41. The final chase leads us downtown to the Montgomery Street BART Station, exit Sansome/Sutter Streets. In the epilogue, Mike and Steve meet the Joplin family again on Taraval St between 19th and 20th Avenue.
Fellow fan and 'locations hunter' Jonathan from San Clemente, California, identified some of the brainteasers among the filming locations of seasons 1 and 2 that had not been identified yet.
In the openeing scene of The Twenty-Four Karate Plague, a load of gold/uranium waste from the nuclear labs of the 'California Northern University' is picked-up by a truck of a qualified nuclear waste company; however, a 'Northern California University' does not and did not exist in California. Jonathan identified it to be part of the San Francisco State University campus which is located right between Lake Merced and Ingleside Terraces. The screenplay probably dubbed it 'Northern' in order to give reason the transport had to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
Towards the final act of Tower Beyond Tragedy, Amory Gilliam and Kim Ahern are driving down what appears to be California State 1. They are passing a street sign "You are entering Crystal Cove" (actually, the camera shows the opposite's direction sign "You are leaving Crystal Cove"), and then, Gilliam turns onto a pathway to the right with lot of trees which ends in front of a white building at the Pacific coastline. It finally turned out that this location is much closer to Daly City than expected. Jonathan identified Gilliam's 'final rest' to be the former 'Dollaradio Station' in Pacifica, just south of Daly City. Built in 1926, the ship-to-shore radio and telegraph station was sold in 1945, and converted into a private residence. Today, the area is suffering severe erosion damage, so the steep coast behind house - where Gilliam tried to kill Kim before Mike and Steve arrived on scene - does not exist anymore (at least not the way we see it in the episode). You can access more details on the radio station's history and current status by clicking the link above.
Last but not least, Jonathan did a really tremendous indentification for the condemned house the Morgan kids used as a hideout in The Runaways. After putting a lot of indications perfectly together and a great additional historical research, the location was finally identified. The house in question was located in the Western Addition but does not exist anymore as this particular part of that district was almost completely rebuilt under the 1960's and 1970's housing program by the City of San Francisco. We can actually see the housing program work in progress in a scene when Mike and Steve leave the house, and Steve walking down the street towards a construction site bureau. The housing complex under construction in background is located on McAllister Street (still existing today) but the hideout house as well as the adjacent warehouse (which delivered important indication for the identification as well) were demolished since then. Long story told short: the hideout was located at 835 Octavia Street.
Thanks much to Jonathan for these magnificent contributions.
The screencaps for The Hard Breed were just added to the episodes' page. Clint Johnson, a rodeo star, dies in what appears to be an accident. Later on, one of the Johnson team's clowns discovers the rider's rope - which was cut almost halfway through before it broke, leaving the bull free to throw him. Homicide is called, and Mike and Steve learn that a complicated family background is going to make things even more difficult. Clint's younger brother, Ken, soon becomes one of the two main suspects as his ex-girlfriend Rosie - also a team member and horse rider - is now married to his older brother. Anyway, Mike and Steve are also setting a focus on the widow who may benefit from her husband's $50.000 life insurance. Following a dispute between Ken and his father Roy, an almost new situation is created when one of the two clowns - the one who had found the rider's rope cut – is also killed. An evidence is pointing at Ken again but a certain detail finally leads them to focus on someone they did not have on their list before.
Most of this episode's filming was accomplished on location at Cow Palace. The rodeo riders and teams are having drinks and ribs in a restaurant dubbed 'China Man Bar' but I have not identified the original location yet; there is only a short outside view of the facade. We are also taken to the general aviation area of San Francisco International Airport where Ken Johnson has a private prop aircraft. Besides, we are introduced to Steve's current liaison, Maureen Monroe, a young and wealthy blue-eyed beauty who has got her apartment at the Pacific Heights Towers. Steve and Maureen are watching the bull riding on TV and we get that beautiful view down on Lafayette Park through the large apartment windows (no exterior filming of the building was made).
A rather funny goof occured in a sequence when Roy Johnson observed Ken and Rosie hugging. Actor Jim Davis was standing behind a car, and we can see a copy of an original 'The Streets of San Francisco' TV script right behind the car's windshield.