Plot & Details
The 2-hour pilot film for the long-running (1972-77) TV detective series first aired on September 16, 1972. Veteran police detective lieutenant Mike Stone (Karl Malden) and his young partner Steve Keller (Michael Douglas) try to solve the murder of runaway Holly Jean Berry (Kim Darby). By reconstructing Holly's last days of life, Stone and Keller draw up a list of likely suspects, foremost of which is slick but not overly bright corporate lawyer David J. Farr (Robert Wagner). The actual murderer may seem to come out of left field, but his sudden appearance on the scene is perfectly credible within the framework of Edward Hume's teleplay. Streets of San Francisco was based on Poor, Poor Ophelia, a novel by Carolyn Weston.