‘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 sometimes 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

UnionSquareCMas  Union Square at Christmas in the 1920’s and in 2014:

CmasblogcableNot quite as festive as the 1930’s, but not a bad go at it!

CmasemporThe old Emporium Store, now Bloomingdale’s on Market Street.

cmasblogparisuse1cmasblogparisuse2Two views of the legendary City of Paris Department Store Christmas tree, from above and below: Neiman Marcus, which took over the location when the old department store was demolished, has an impressive Christmas tree in the same spot where the old rotunda was.

Cmasconserv“MAIL EARLY” Yeah, especially if it’s my present! The old Conservatory of Flowers Building in Golden Gate Park in the late 1930’s. This seems like an odd place to advertise this holiday message.

CnasPacificFHouseThe old Pacific Avenue fire station at Osgood Alley in North Beach, and 18th Street fire station in the Sunset District:

Mission22nd and Mission in the heart of the “Miracle Mile” in the 1950’s: The Rexall is now Popeye’s Chicken, but there’s still a Market where the New Mission Market was.

GarageThe Union Square Garage at Christmastime, what Herb Caen used to refer to as a “Sorry / full situation”.

CmashydeWhat the “Hyde Street Grip” at Christmastime should look like according to Thomas Kinkade, and what the “Hyde Street Grip” at Christmastime looks like.