The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Season 1 Episode 4

45 Minutes from Home

2
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 1972 on ABC
9.2
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45 Minutes from Home
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A salesman attending a convention wrongly believes that he is responsible for the death of an attractive female hitchhiker who had lured him to her houseboat.

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  • Really good episode (with a minor glitch)

    9.0
    First of all, I must agree with the other reviewer: Windom's performance is definitely great. For what I remember this is the first time I saw him on a show, and I was immediately impressed by his acting.

    The story is good, too, and nicely written, with good, strong characterization.

    The only glitch I could find in the episode is that Stone and Keller seem to arrive to the right conclusion about the real murderer a little too easily and without strong evidences or a good reason.

    I'll try to explain this (beware: spoilers ahead!)

    When Rankin's wife tells them the truth about the accident, they immediately believe her (and, obviously, Rankin) and understand that the killer must have been the victim's boyfriend.

    Well, that's a little weak. First of all, they can't possibly know for sure that Rankin's telling the truth; after all, he's tried to hide his crime. They don't even know him, never even spoke with him.

    How can they be so sure that the boyfriend is the killer? Just because someone told them that he was impotent? Weak, weak.

    But this is just a minor issue; the episode is really enjoyable.moreless
  • Good guest performance, so-so episode.

    8.0
    What saves this episode from mediocrity is William Windom's performance as the traveling salesman caught up in the murder. One mistake snowballs and Windom becomes more and more distraught and unhinged. It's a strong performance from a very good actor. The look of combined relief and desperation when he sees his wife is powerful.



    Otherwise, it's by-the-numbers. Stone and Keller turn to the victim's boyfriend (the real killer) to help identify the man they think is guilty. Maybe it comes from watching this episode in 2007, but the boyfriend is such a boob he can't be taken seriously. "She was just lookin for someone to groove with, you know?" I did like Michael Douglas' impression of his goofy-ass behavior later on in the episode.



    Here's something I didn't understand - Windom thinks he killed the girl, so how could she have lived long enough to give her boyfriend his alias? Seems to me that's the first sign the boyfriend was lying.moreless
Karl Malden

Karl Malden

Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Inspector Steve Keller

William Windom

William Windom

Russell L. Rankin

Guest Star

Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott

Emily Rankin

Guest Star

Jo Ann Harris

Jo Ann Harris

Lita Brewer

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