The Streets of San Francisco: Season 1, Episode 8

In the Midst of Strangers (25 Nov. 1972)

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A city official is murdered in a botched mugging by a gang of three sophisticated criminals unaware of his high profile. The mayor, convinced it was a political assassination, orders Stone and Keller to crack the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wally Sensibaugh
Louise Latham ...
Harriet Sensibaugh
Ramon Bieri ...
Dennis Hailey
Richard Eastham ...
Jules Rhinelander
Johnnie Collins III ...
Lowell Allencamp
Ivan Bonar ...
Harold Spring
Hailey gang member
David Pritchard ...
Marlon, Hailey gang member
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Dr. Gary
Bank Teller
Jay Jacobus ...
Hotel Manager
Kathy Donovan ...
Marian, jewelry store clerk


A city official is murdered in a botched mugging by a gang of three sophisticated criminals unaware of his high profile. The mayor, convinced it was a political assassination, orders Stone and Keller to crack the case.

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Stone and Keller are faced with a possible "political assassination" when they are called to city hall to investigate. They are seen gathering information in the actual mayor's office at city hall. The mayor's aide (the fictitious Mr. Skowlownowski) tells Stone: "I have had it with these political assassinations... if you don't like someone else's views, you get a gun and blow them apart". These are ironic words, because just 6 years later, in these actual same offices, the real mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, were killed by former Supervisor Dan White who shot each of them multiple times, in one of the most infamous political assassinations in American history. See more »


Wally Sensibaugh: [after Stone and Keller leave, Wally turns to his wife] Nice guys. Nice guys. You know, they put a case together like you make a quilt. Piece of this, piece of that. One day they got the killer.
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In these days authority is anyone who wears a tie
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***SPOLIERS*** After Low-Cost Housing Commissioner Jules Rhinelander, Richard Eastham, was shot and killed while resisting being kidnapped by a trio of thugs lead by the impeccably dressed and groomed looking Dennis Hailey, Robert Foxworth, it's suspected by the higher ups in the city government including the mayor that it was a political assassination not a plain garden verity robbery/murder. With the mayor's top aid Skowlownowski, Ramon Bieri, put in charge it's determined that Rhinelander being a target of many persons on both sides of of the issue in the rent wars going on in San Francisco, the poor guy just couldn't please everyone, one side or the other went as far as knocking him off. With Det. Let. Mike Stone, Karl Malden, as Inspector Steve Keller, Michael Douglas, put on the case they get help from an unlikely source local newspaper boy or man, he's well into his 40's, Wally Sensibaugh, David Wayne, who not only happened to be the eye witness in Rhinelander's kidnapping but was later also a victim of the gang that did him in.

While taking out his life savings, $3,000.00 in cash, from the bank one of the kidnappers, Dennis Redfield, who was casing the place out spotted him and while on his way home whacked him over the head taking off with the loot. It was later that Wally recognized his assailant, by his shoes not face, that he tailed him to this hotel and ended up getting shot by him when he noticed him there snooping around the place. Getting in touch with both Set. Let. Stone & Insp. Keller Wally fills them in on what happened and confirmed that Rhielandler's murder had nothing to do with local city politics but just plain old street crime.

****SPOILERS**** With their cover now blown, thanks to Wally, the three thugs try to make their escape via the Golden Gate Bridge only to be trapped at Fort Point at the base of the bridge! It's there where they put up a last stand not only against Det. Let. Stone & Insp. Keller but a squad of SFPD finest who surrounded the place. Not much of a fight, they were out numbered and out gunned by something like 20 to 1, the entire gang, minus Redfield who was shot and killed by Keller, were put out of commission with Wally, the real hero in all this, getting back his stolen $3,000.00. So that now he and his old lady-wife-Harriet, Louise Latham, can finally take that European vacation that they've been saving for the last 20 years.

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