The Streets of San Francisco: Season 5, Episode 12

Monkey Is Back (13 Jan. 1977)

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An ex-con is out for vengeance against the high school gang whose initiation ritual led to his 20-year sentence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charley Belasco
Fred Sadoff ...
Dr. Lenny Murchison
Tony Pellegrino
Phillip R. Allen ...
Tim Rossiter
Ted Gehring ...
Wallace Rooney ...
Mr. Daley
Hal England ...
Joseph Ness
Betty Johnson
George Clifton ...
Nick Belmont
Reuben Collins ...
Inspector Bill Tanner
Matthew Locricchio ...
Aaron Fesler
Barbara Townsend ...
Apartment Manager


An ex-con is out for vengeance against the high school gang whose initiation ritual led to his 20-year sentence.

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Class of '56
12 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Just released from prison and working in a meat packing plant, it didn't take him long to find employment, after serving a 20 year sentence for robbery and homicide Charley Belasco, Gray Lockwood, is out for revenge. Not against the law but those who put him up to commit the crime he ended up paying for his fellow students members of the "Saint" gang at his high school. The gang that an eager and wanting to be accepted in Charley was ready to do anything to become a member of even murder!

Using his gang member street name "The Monkey" Charley was now out to off his fellow "Saints" that was to culminate at their 20th reunion in San Francisco using the gang weapon of his choice the now almost extinct zip-gun that he used to commit his crime 20 years ago. After a number of the "Class of 56 Saints" members were knocked off by Charley with him spry painting his street name "The Monkey is Back" at the murder scene it didn't take long for the police in the persons of Let. Det. Mike Stone, Karl Malden, and Inspector Dan Robbins, Richard Hatch, to figure who was behind these killings and whom his future victims were to be; Members of the Class of 56. And they soon realized that the upcoming class 20 year reunion is where the killer was to strike next!

It's also discovered that Charley's next victim who was slated for extinction former "Saint" member and now successful businessman Tim Rossiter, Phillip R. Allen, was not all that worried in getting iced by Charley. In that the love sick Rossiter was more interested in getting a hot date with a hot number at the reunion, a girl of course, who dumped him 20 years ago and in now being divorced feels he can get another shot or crack at her. To him getting together with his former flame was worth more then getting murdered by the revenge seeking Charley Belasco.

A very strange "Streets of San Francisco" episode with Gary Lockwood doing an excellent job of convincingly playing a psycho who became one by trying to get in with the "Saints" and ending up behind bars for the next 20 years. It's true that Charley was manipulated by the "Saints" to commit the crime that landed him behind bars but his later actions showed that he didn't learn anything from it. After killing a shop owner in what had been a tragic accident he now murdered some half dozen fellow "Saint" member in cold blood and was to pay for it not with a 20 years sentence but life behind bars!

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