Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The Waterfront Steal 

Mendoza is the manager of a string of warehouses along Hawaii's waterfront. He, his daughter and a group of hired thugs knock over the warehouses one by one and steal their contents. A ... See full summary »


Allen Reisner (as Alan Reisner)


Leonard Freeman (created by), Albert Aley

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Simon Oakland ... Mendoza
Kathleen Beller ... Elena Mendoza (as Kathy Beller)
Richard Denning ... Governor
Lippy Espinda Lippy Espinda ... H. Kaneho (as David 'Lippy' Espinda)
Tommy Fujiwara ... Luis Kimura
Alan Naluai Alan Naluai ... Zeno
Ric Marlow Ric Marlow ... Harry
Nat Coleman Nat Coleman ... Watchman
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Herb Armstrong ... Dorrow
Ethel Azama Ethel Azama ... Maid
Chuck Couch Chuck Couch ... H.P.D. Boxer


Mendoza is the manager of a string of warehouses along Hawaii's waterfront. He, his daughter and a group of hired thugs knock over the warehouses one by one and steal their contents. A robbery goes horribly wrong and ends in the death of an HPD officer. A robber, shot in the stomach, manages to get away with the manager's daughter in tow. They park their truck in a deserted area and try to hide. What they don't know is that their stolen cargo is a vat of highly volatile chemicals which will explode under the tropical sun in a matter of hours. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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The HPD and POLICE lettering on the helicopter are just pasted on banners which are easily noticeable. The Hughes 369 (N9014F) plays many other roles. See more »

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When you need an actor to stomp about, bluster and pop blood vessels, call in Simon Oakland!
19 December 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love seeing Simon Oakland in old TV shows. That's because he almost always played the same sort of bigger than life characters. He ALWAYS was angry, blustery and grouchy--and those were only in his calmer moments!! Oakland was wonderfully campy as a grouchy middle-aged sourpuss--and here in "The Waterfront Steal" he is once again a guest star on "Hawaii Five-O"--and is highly entertaining.

The show begins with a warehouse robbery. It turns out that it's one of MANY recent robberies with the same m.o.--and one of the warehouse owners (Oakland) is hopping mad. He spends much of his time screaming at the governor but occasionally he takes a break and screams at McGarrett! And so there is definite pressure to catch the creeps. But who is responsible for organizing this ring and what is its purpose? And what about Richard Hatch (the cute one from "Battlestar Galactica"-not to be confused with the naked guy from "Survivor" with the same name)--what does he and his very cute girlfriend have to do with all this? Overall, this is an interesting episode but it is not a great one. I would have given it a 7 had it not been for Oakland--a man you can't help but love to hate! See this one--he makes it worth while.

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