The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Season 4 Episode 14

Most Likely to Succeed

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 1975 on ABC
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Most Likely to Succeed
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Lt. Michael Stone and Inspector Steven Keller investigate a murder committed at an all-boys prep school.

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  • A mixed bag

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    A really mixed bag for me. The story is very good, and gripping, and unusual for such a show; it plays sort of like an amped-up Afterschool Special in primetime (blissfully without any of the School Counselor approach that so often comes with such things). The choice of such a low-key and amiable actor as Aidman for the role of the father was interesting, but--like the suddenness with which Paul takes up his bludgeon at the start--perhaps raises a question or two of motivation (I mean, it hardly seems like the kid is being bludgeoned himself into his desperate straits). And speaking of casting, his sister often seems like she should be standing on a Rose Parade float and waving; her rapport with her "brother," especially in the talking scene they have together in the middle, fell considerably short of being convincing. And all that badinage about Women's Lib between mother and daughter grew tiresome quickly, and seemed to have little point. But the final moments, with Paul dragging the sword along, and no real way of predicting just what he might do next, were powerful indeed.



    One further point which I found a bit unsettling (I suppose is the word for it): Keller expresses a great deal of sympathy for Paul at the end. Of course, perhaps he was simply being as kind as possible to the kid in his effort to "talk him in off the ledge"; however, it also played a bit as though, for somebody posh and Harvard-bound, resorting to murder was, at least to a slight extent, an understandable decision. ;)moreless
Karl Malden

Karl Malden

Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Inspector Steve Keller

Kristoffer Tabori

Kristoffer Tabori

Paul Kincaid

Guest Star

Charles Aidman

Charles Aidman

Russell Kincaid

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Leigh J. McCloskey

Leigh J. McCloskey

Gil

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Eric Server

Eric Server

Officer Teague

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    • The inscribed pen stolen by the youthful killer is a gift from the senior class of 1973—this was given to him "last year", making it a year off.

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    • Mrs. Kincaid: It's not like the old days when the son grew up and went into the father's business. When your father retires or dies, he can't leave Paul his money, because he spends most of it so we can live the way we do. He can't leave him his job or the business—they don't belong to him! The only thing he can do is to teach Paul—give him the benefit of his experience, his insight, his ambition.

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