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A businessman who flew in from Los Angeles (the time it takes to fly from L.A. to S.F. is the source of the title) for a convention meets a woman at the convention center and agrees to join... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Malden ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas ... Inspector Steve Keller
William Windom ... Russell L. 'Russ' Rankin
Jacqueline Scott ... Emily Rankin
Jo Ann Harris ... Lita Brewer
Steve Oliver ... Bret Wilson (as Stephen Oliver)
Robert Hogan ... Tom Garver
Dick Van Patten ... John Collins
John Lasell John Lasell ... Clark
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Police Officer
Sarah Fankboner Sarah Fankboner ... Rental Car Clerk
Clyde Ventura Clyde Ventura
Walter Reed
Dan Barton Dan Barton
Gail Cameron Gail Cameron ... (as Gail Bryant Cameron)


A businessman who flew in from Los Angeles (the time it takes to fly from L.A. to S.F. is the source of the title) for a convention meets a woman at the convention center and agrees to join her on her houseboat in nearby Sausalito. They get into an argument and he winds up striking her on the head and fleeing. The woman's boyfriend gets home, gets into an argument with her and again bashes her on the head, killing her. The businessman is the prime suspect in the murder because he was seen arriving at and then fleeing the crime scene. Written by Peter Harris

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Release Date:

7 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Windom is probably best known for starring as John Monroe in , My World and Welcome to It (1969) playing Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Machine" episode of Star Trek (1966), and playing Dr. Seth Hazlitt in over fifty episodes of Murder, She Wrote (1984). See more »


Stone and Keller handle a murder in Marin County. They are San Francisco policemen and Marin is not their jurisdiction (it's a different county). Even if the murder was in unincorporated Marin County, it would be handled by the Marin County Sheriff's office. Another officer seems to be at the scene, but he does not do any of the interviewing and disappears from the show. See more »


Bret Wilson: That's the big problem with secrets, Mr. Rankin. Somebody always knows.
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Although I have seen this plot twist a few other times, a pretty good episode.
18 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with a young lady literally hopping into a man's car and asking him to drop her off after he goes over the Golden Gate Bridge. However, when he drops her off at his house, she tries very hard to seduce him. At first, he starts to give in--then pushes her away and runs. However, in the process, she is knocked backwards and hurts herself. He isn't sure if she's alive or dead but runs because her boyfriend just pulled up outside. When the boyfriend enters the room, he finds her dazed--and kills her himself! Oddly, the boyfriend calls to report finding his girlfriend dead! He gives the police SOME of the information concerning the man who ran from the home but he has a hidden agenda--to find the innocent man and blackmail him. And, since the innocent guy thinks he MIGHT have accidentally killed the girl, he'll pay.

This episode, starring William Windom, is interesting, though I'll admit that I have seen a similar plot twist several other times (where a person THINKS they killed someone but the person who discovered the injured person finishes the job)--so it's not exactly 100% original. But it was handled well. And, in an odd twist, the motivation for the killing turns out to have something to do with the killer's impotence--the sort of plot twist you certainly would NOT have seen only a few years earlier!

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