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The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Paramount

Cast: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas.

Rating: G.

Run time: 14 episodes - 60 mins each.

Genre: TV (crime).

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

It's been a very long time since I watched this 70s' favourite and I'm delighted to report it that while it's obviously dated (the hair! those clothes!) it still entertains.

As a bonus, the picture and sound quality is also way better than I expected. Some shows from this era have all sorts of picture and sound flaws. It's possible to fix them with today's digital technology, but expensive and studios don't always want to spend the money. Paramount is to be congratulated for doing a first-class job - San Francisco simply gleams!

Streets was an ABC ratings hit from 1972 - 1977, thanks to good stories, plenty of action and many big-name guest stars. But the biggest factor was the teaming of movie veteran Karl Malden and the very young Michael Douglas - an inspired piece of casting.

Malden played the seen-it-all, wise veteran detective, Lt. Mike Stone and Douglas was his college-educated partner, Insp. Steve Keller. Stone's calm and methodical approach contrasts with the hot-headed Keller, who often jumps to the wrong conclusions on a case. However, sometimes Keller's instinct proves right and he's absolutely fearless in a tight spot.

This set includes the fine pilot movie that persuaded ABC they had a potential hit on thier hands. Robert Wagner is a shifty business lawyer suspected of killing a girl after a brief fling. Her body is found found floating in San Francisco Bay, but despite mounting evidence against the lawyer and Keller eager to turn up the heat, Stone isn’t convinced.

This 4-DVD set of shows from Season 1 includes a 1972 on-set interview with Malden and Douglas.

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