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The Streets of San Francisco/Clown of Death

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Clown of Death
Season 4, Episode 20
Airdate February 26, 1976
Production Number 5123
Written by Arthur Rowe
Directed by Virgil Vogel
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The Streets of San FranciscoSeason Four

Guest Stars: David Birney (Neil Rugger), Michael Strong (Red Ashburn), Madlyn Rhue (Crystal), Dick Van Patten

Special Guest Star: Lynne Marta (Barbara Franco)

Co-Starring: Parley Baer (Jack Leopold), Will Hutchins (Sparky), Russell Thorson (Freddie Olburn), Mary Jackson (Mrs. Clemons), Angus Duncan (Dr. Harlow), Don Keefer (Dr. Mayhill)

With: Reuben Collins (Inspector Tanner), Ray K. Goman (Mr. MacLeod), Maurice Argent (Sean Murdock), Dan Caldwell (Sgt. Hawlins), Berni Valentine (Maggie Martins)


Plot Overview

Three murders befall a traveling circus, and Stone and Keller suspect a high-wire walker.



The Show

Actor Will Hutchins appears in this episode as a circus clown, which was something he wound up doing in real life when his acting career wound down. Hutchins later worked as an NBC studio page when David Letterman had his show on that network, and the popular late-night host made a running gag out of Hutchins' once-successful acting career (he played Sugarfoot in that popular late 1950's Western series) and his circus career.