Vintage postcard, Top of the Mark. Detail
|In 1984, Partners
in Crime was the first series that was filmed entirely in the City
since The Streets of San Francisco. Shot on a sound stage on Custer Street
in Hunters Point and at landmarks all over town, Partners in Crime was
the story of two women who inherit a detective agency from a man to whom
they were both once married. (The man proposed to both women at the Top
of the Mark.) In the comedy-murder-mystery hour, Loni
Anderson played Raymond Caulfield's ex-wife, Sydney Kovak, a street
smart bass player who can crack safes and speak Chinese. Lynda Carter was
Caulfield's first ex-wife, Carole Stanwyck, a broke society type and professional
photographer. When Caulfield is murdered in the pilot, the women team up
to solve the crime then continue as partners in Caulfield's detective agency.
They also inherit his mansion at 2898 Vallejo
Street, and their former mother-in-law, Jeanine, played by Eileen Heckart.
Until she teams up with Carole, Sydney lives in the house at 2301
Scott Street in the heart of Pacific Heights. Not bad for a struggling
bass player! Carson Productions spent $900,000 on each episode, making
it one of the most expensive television series in 1984. In spite of its
good production values, the seeming bankability of its two appealing leads,
and its third star, San Francisco, Partners in Crime lasted only 13 episodes,
including the pilot.
of Sciences: "Murder in the Museum"
Copyright 2002 Hank Donat