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
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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25 November 1972 (USA)  »

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The newspaper that "Wally" the vendor holds up reads "Catholics Fleeing Ulster", which was a headline in January, 1972, indicating the time of filming. See more »


When the cable car that Mr. Rhinelander rides on along Powell St. passes by the camera the first time, the number on the front of the car is 510. In the next shot, as the car goes down another block, the number on the front of the car suddenly changes to 309. See more »


Inspector Steve Keller: You're famous for politicking on the lawn, rapping with people, the crazies, the intellectuals. Was there any group that hated Rhinelander?
Skowlownowski: The crazies hated him. But then they hate me too. They hate all authority. And these days, "authority" is anyone who wears a tie.
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In these days authority is anyone who wears a tie
25 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***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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