‘The Streets of San Francisco’ takes BART

Bartoneuse This 1974 episode of ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ filmed at the Montgomery Street BART Station was, surprisingly, well done, for what was, usually, a hokey TV show! “Buddy Boy” and Papa Cop (Michael Douglas and Karl Malden) crossing Sansome Street to the BART entrance for the Montgomery Station to break up a drug deal going down. Number One Bush Plaza with the Crown-Zellerbach Building is in the background.   barttwouse That happens to me all of the time too; the escalator is, usually, coming up when I’m going downstairs, and going down when I’m headed up. Bartthreeuse The Sansome Street entrance to BART: bartfouruse “Here, Buddy Boy. This BART arrest is on me.” I’ve been riding BART since it opened, and I don’t remember ever being able to get a ticket by feeding coins into the gates! Besides, they’re police officers conducting a drug bust; I don’t think that they have to pay! bartfiveuse BART updates; brought to you by the now defunct Crocker Bank.  Bartsixuse Closing the deal.  bartsevenuse Busted!  Barteightuse One of the bad guys bolts for the exit with “Buddy Boy” hot on his tail!  barttenuse The bad guy gets Michael Douglas to drop his gun on the stairs by taking a hostage at knife point on the BART escalator. No Officer would do that today, and it’s unlikely any would have back then. bartelevenuse But Mike’s not giving up.  barttwelveuse “You’re going down, dude!”  bartthirteenuse  bartfourteenuse “Buddy Boy” takes down the knife wielding bad guy after a violent struggle. After everything is over, a concerned citizen asks if he can be of help. The look on Michael Douglas’s face tells it all. bartfifteenuse Off to jail. That’s 575 Market Street today under construction in the background of the TV show image.

Sutro Baths

sutroopenredouse The marvelous Sutro Baths, and all that’s left today.

sutropointlobosredouse Point Lobos, before and after Sutro’s :

sutrosbathhouiseredouse A wonderful image from John Martini’s book ‘Sutro’s Glass Palace’ of what the bathhouse looked like inside: That railing the lady is leaning against might have been the same spot where Eli Wallach gets a little pushy in some images you’ll see in a moment.

sutroiceredouse In the 1950’s, the swimming pools were converted to an ice skating rink.

sutrofireredouseSutro’s burned down in June of 1966. That’s the Louis Restaurant on the right. It’s been there since 1937, and is one of my main pit stops for breakfast when I’m in the area.

sutroruinsredouse The ruins of the Sutro Bath House; gone forever.

sutroslineupredo1use  sutrolineupredo2use  sutrolineupredo3useIt’s still the best look at Sutro’s you’ll ever get. When Eli Wallach tries to convince the head of organized crime, “The Man” who’s confined to a wheelchair, why he’s coming up short on a heroin shipment deal in the 1958 film ‘The Lineup’, “The Man” slaps him, and tells him, You’re dead!”. Not a good idea! Eli kicks him through the rail to his death on the ice skating rink below, taking out a skater, as well.


Christmas in the City – Market Street (Thumbnail image)


Market Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets during the Holidays in 1903. At least three of the buildings in the old photo can still be seen today. The building with the red and green Baroque ornamentation roof on the left side of Market opened up in 1902 as the First Nationwide Bank. The copper colored building just to the right of it is the Chronicle Building, opened in 1889. In the old photo, the clock that was on the top of the building was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake. The tall building across Market Street on the right is the Call Building. Its beautiful crowned roof can’t be seen in the picture. Built in 1898, it was remodeled in 1938, and looks more like a wedding cake today. The Call Building can be seen above the trees at the right in the modern picture. The link below will allow you to see all of the posts for this series of Christmas pictures in San Francisco.