The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Season 1 Episode 2

The Thirty-Year Pin

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 1972 on ABC
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The Thirty-Year Pin
When a police officer is fatally shot three days before he is due to retire, Stone undertakes a relentless search for the killer.

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  • This episode is the one that deals with character development. It also stars four Academy-Award winning performers.

    This episode is a about a beat cop who who is shot during a robbery but, later dies of his wounds. Emdond O'Brien(Academy Award Winner, The Barefoot Contessa) plays the doomed cop and who is also a close friend of Michael Stone. Both Stone and Keller go through the mean streets of the city by the bay to hunt there prey.

    The episode also starred Eileen Hekert(Academy award winner, Butterflies Are Free)as the widow of Gus Charnosky. This episode also features a climatic chase scene in the under construction B.A.R.T.(Bay Area Rapid Transit) station in the Mission District from 16th Street to 24th Street Mission Stations.moreless
  • For a fun drinking game - take a drink every time Stone says "punk" in this episode.

    Stone's old friend (Edmond O'Brien), a beat cop with 30 years on the force, is gunned down in a jewelery store robbery. As his friend lies dying, Mike goes to increasingly dangerous lengths to catch the gunman.

    Much better than the pilot, "Thirty Year Pin" gives Karl Malden some great scenes. His unspoken moments with Eileen Heckart, and his fierce hug of Gus at his bedside are powerful, and to watch the veteran Stone take more and more risks in his hunt to catch the shooter makes the episode all the more exciting.

    Though he doesn't see as much action, Keller shines in some scenes where he is obviously worried about Mike. Michael Douglas displays some of the charisma he would later show in his film career - when he talks about how he would feel if it were Stone on the hospital bed is an especially strong performance.

    Add in a climax in an under-construction subway tunnel and "Streets'" first regular episode is a winner.moreless
  • The beginning of a beautiful show and relationship

    Ahead of its time and off the wall at times

    But still, one of the best tv cop shows

    In the seventies! Karl Malden is a veteran cop who has

    Seen it all and known it all. And he gets a partner in a then unknown Michael Douglas, son of Kirk.

    Despite both of them not seeing eye to eye, Karl is old-school and Michael is by the book

    They manage to get their men!moreless
Karl Malden

Karl Malden

Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone

Michael Douglas (I)

Michael Douglas (I)

Inspector Steve Keller

Edmond O'Brien

Edmond O'Brien

Officer Gustav "Gus" Charnovski

Guest Star

Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor

Roy Devitt

Guest Star

David Opatoshu

David Opatoshu

Joseph Beemer

Guest Star

Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Detective Lee Lessing

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Keller: Why would a guy like that stay on the beat for thirty years?
      Devitt: Beat's the best job on the force if you can hack it. Charnovski could hack it.

    • Stone: You know, it's like...
      Keller: Mike, if I let you buy me lunch, can I skip the lecture?
      Stone: Well, then how are you gonna learn anything? (both laugh)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Additional Season 1 Credit
      Cars furnished by; Ford Marketing Corporation

    • German episode title: "Jagt Charnovskys Mörder", meaning "Hunt for Charnovsky's Murderer"

    • Filming locations: Ghiradeli Square, North Beach, San Francisco General Hospital, Broadway, Mission District, and Potrero Hill.

    • The opening credits of this series shows the viewers a mini travelogue of San Francisco Landmarks (i.e. Ferry Terminal, Fishermen's Wharf, Hyde Street Pier, Ghiradelli Square, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Northbeach.

    • The BART(San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District) system stations used in Act IV of this episode are located in The Mission District of the city, 16th Street, Mission and 24th Street, Mission.

    • Act 4 is a chase scene that takes place in some BART stations, almost a year before BART opened in San Francisco. They were running down the BART tracks. You would not do that today, because of the high-voltage Third Track. It's obvious that the BART was under construction at the time of filming.