Paramount // 1974 // 560 Minutes // Rated
Reviewed by Judge P.S. Colbert // July 22nd, 2012
The second half of The Streets of San Francisco: Season 3 was particularly hazardous for Inspector Steve Keller (Michael Douglas, Fatal Attraction), whose valiant crime-stopping efforts put him on the disabled list twice within a span of just eleven episodes.
* "The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague" -- The tense, tragic ballad of a pearl-handled Saturday Night Special, purchased with only the best of intentions by a loving husband (Robert Webber, Private Benjamin) for his wife's self-protection.
* "Mister Nobody" -- Veteran actor Sam Jaffee (Oscar nominee for The Asphalt Jungle) is terrific as Alex Zubatuk, a little old shoemaker who confesses to gunning down a local hood in cold blood. It's an open and shut case, right? Wrong. Stone (Karl Malden, On The Waterfront) doesn't believe him for a moment!
* "False Witness" -- Street cop Jimmy Vega (A. Martinez, The Cowboys) will do anything to settle a score with one of the Barrio's biggest drug dealers, even if it means implicating his good friend Keller in an evidence plant.
* "Letters From the Grave" -- Convict Lew Kovic was one of five men believed to have escaped from Alcatraz in 1955. Two decades later, his remains are found buried within the prison walls. So who's been writing those letters to his family for the last twenty years?
* "Endgame" -- Keller is seriously injured trying to stop a killer, and Stone is so angered he gets himself busted back to the rank of beat cop. Darlene Carr (The Beguiled) reprises her role as Stone's adult daughter Jeannie.
* "Ten Dollar Murder" -- A pair of high school kids are on a crime spree, which results in the death of an undercover policeman. One of the kids is the son of a detective on the squad.
* "The Programming of Charlie Blake" -- The always-interesting Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap) plays the title character, a convicted sex-offender undergoing an experimental therapeutic treatment for rehabilitation. But is it working?
* "River Of Fear" -- Dr. Bill Dunson (Peter Haskell, The Eyes Of Charles Sand) has the perfect plan to marry a woman and kill her for lots of loot. He'd get away with it, too, if it weren't for that pesky kid, played by Paris Hilton's aunt, Kim Richards (Escape To Witch Mountain).
* "Asylum" -- Keller goes undercover as a patient in a mental hospital, in order to investigate a series of suspicious deaths.
* "Labyrinth" -- This cat and mouse tale works on many levels. Fittingly, the action is confined to a multi-storied hotel building.
* "Solitaire" -- Keller catches lead in a sting operation, and Stone is temporarily assigned a new partner (Tony Lo Bianco, The French Connection). Oil, meet water.
Paramount has served up another stellar set, though the colors on these standard definition 1.33:1 full frame transfers have faded slightly with age and there are occasional flecks of dirt. The Dolby 2.0 Mono audio yields patchier results, but gets the job done. Kudos to the studio for providing subtitles to ensure that no one gets left behind. Looking for extras? Nothing to see here folks, just move along.
Long hours, low pay, public antipathy, and the extreme likelihood of serious (if not fatal) injury. I just can't help but wonder what inspires the likes of Stone and Keller to stay on the job. More importantly, how long it will be before we see The Streets of San Francisco: Season Four released?
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 560 Minutes
Release Year: 1974
MPAA Rating: Rated